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How long does it take to receive back payments from Social Security?

At Sharon Christie Law, a Baltimore Social Security Disability Law Firm, we are often asked to talk about the topic, how long does it take to receive back payments from Social Security? In this video, Sharon Christie examines this topic How long does it take to receive back payments from Social Security, and what the process of receiving back payments from social security looks like.

Official Transcript: How long does it take to receive back payments from Social Security?

Hi I’m sharon christie your nurse attorney for social security disability benefits. Let’s say you have gone through the process and you’ve talked to the judge, social security and the judge has issued a fully favorable decision that’s a great result. Now you have to wait to get paid and I’m always asked how long will this take?


If your case is social security disability it’s usually 30 to 60 days from the time the decision comes out. When the favorable decision is issued it’s sent to your lawyer. It’s almost always also sent to the payment center and the payment center then begins processing to see how much are you going to get every month, how much is your back payment, number of other things.
So usually within 30 to 60 days of the decision coming out you’ll see your first payment and or your back payment. One thing that can hold up the back payment it’s sort of a happy problem is if you get a very large back payment. That has to be signed off by multiple people. So we’ve had clients at times, this is not common but we’ve had clients at times who have had 50, 60, 70,000 dollar back payments and that’s taken longer because there are multiple people who have to sign off on the payment just to make sure it’s all accurate.
In the vast majority of cases you’re going to see your first monthly payment and your retroactive or back payment within 30 to 60 days if your case is ssi disability. Remember that’s the program that is asset based, it’s for people who don’t have enough work credits under social security. So if that’s your case there are some other steps that have to happen before you get paid the very first thing is you have to have a conversation with the local social security office to give them financial information. They’ll want to see bank statements. They ask for a number of financial documents if you have them. Life insurance policies are a good example. They’ll want to see that they’ll review that just to make sure you still qualify. On the asset side on the financial side to get ssi disability so we usually see that that’s going to take probably 60 to 90 days before payments get started. Make sure if your case is ssi disability that you do keep that appointment with social security. Which they can do it over the phone.
Keep that appointment with them to give them all the financial information that they’re asking for so that your payment can start being processed and there’s no delay. So that’s the general outline of how long it’s going to take to get paid. It’s a great day when you get a favorable decision, it does take a little longer to get payment but payment is coming, so just be patient.

The Path to Social Security Disability Benefits with Sharon Christie Law

Step 1: Understanding Social Security’s Definition of Disabled

The definition of disabled, according to Social Security, is that you have severe limitations from your health problems that keep you from doing any kind of work for at least 12 consecutive months. This is the first thing we look at when evaluating your case. Your diagnosis is just the starting point. To get disability benefits for you, we must prove that your disabling condition causes severe limitations in your day to day activities.

Step 2: Medical Records in Your Disability Case

You must have medical evidence to prove your disability case. The most important evidence is your medical records that show your diagnosis, your symptoms, and your response to treatment.

Step 3: Don’t go it alone: How Sharon Christie Law Can Help You

At Sharon Christie Law, a Social Security Disability Law Firm, we recognize that no one ever plans to get so sick that they have to stop working. When you need to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits we recognize that you will be anxious about the process and whether you can qualify for disability benefits. Our goal at Sharon Christie Law is to help you win your case and give you the financial stability you need! Why work with us?

We do it all for you: At Sharon Christie Law we handle all aspects of the case for you, from preparing and filing your application through the hearing with a judge. We are with you every step of the way.  When working with us, you focus on feeling better, and we focus on winning your case.

We return your phone calls: We understand that you have many questions regarding Social Security Disability Benefits. We never want you to wonder what is happening with your case. We are here to answer your questions. All phone calls and emails are returned within 24 hours. That is our promise to you.

We believe in client education: The Social Security Disability process is confusing. We think it is important that you understand each step in the process. So, we created a section on our website that is accessible only to clients. This client’s only section tells you everything you need to know about the disability process.