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Once I get a fully favorable decision, how long until I get paid?

Once I get a fully favorable decision, how long until I get paid?

At Sharon Christie Law, a Baltimore Social Security Disability Law Firm, we are often asked the question, Once I get a fully favorable decision, how long until I get paid? In this video, Sharon Christie examines this question and provides you with the answer.

Official Transcript: Once I get a fully favorable decision, how long until I get paid? 

Hi I’m Sharon Christie your nurse attorney for Social Security disability benefits. I was recently asked this question. Once you get a fully favorable decision in your disability case how long does it take to get paid? That’s a great question. 

Now let me address first Social Security disability and then we’ll talk about SSI disability. So, if your case is strictly Social Security disability and you did not apply for and receive any state benefits while you’re waiting for the decision then generally you can expect to receive payments within 30 to 60 days. You will receive your back payment and then the monthly payment will begin. Now remember it’s Social Security everything in terms of payments by the month is a month behind. So, what do I mean by that? Well Social Security is going to calculate your back payment which is different for each person. It depends on when you became unable to work and the date of the decision but Social Security will make that calculation as to how much you’re to receive in your back payment and then for the month following the date of the decision. Then you will qualify to begin your monthly payments. 

So, if your monthly payment starts for the month of January you don’t actually receive that payment until February. So, you just need to be aware of that but typically you’re going to get the monthly payment and confirmation. I’m sorry you’re going to get the back payment and confirmation of when the monthly payment begins within 30 to 60 days of receiving the fully favorable decision. Now in some cases I’ve had clients who while they were going through this process have applied for state benefits called temporary cash assistance or temporary disability. It’s not available to all people it’s an asset-based program so you have to have very limited assets in order to even qualify. If you did receive those payments and they’re generally somewhere between 180 to 190 dollars a month that has to be paid back. So, it’s going to take longer for you to get paid because there has to be a calculation done by the state as to how much money is paid back. That information is transmitted to Social Security Social Security. Deduct that amount from your back payment and then the process continues to move forward.

If your case is under SSI it will take longer because the first thing that has to happen is, you’re going to have to get an appointment at your local Social Security office to go in and provide a lot of financial information so that they can confirm that you are still financially eligible to receive SSI benefits and how long it takes to get that appointment really depends on the local office. Sometimes it can be done very quickly within a week or two of the favorable decision. Sometimes the wait is longer and then once you provided that financial information it’s going to be at least another 30 to 60 days. Sometimes a little longer before the payments actually begin. 

But the good news is you’ve got a fully favorable decision so payments will be starting at some point in the near future for you.

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.