What is the timeline for Social Security Disability Benefits?

| May 9, 2019 | Firm News

Parents have a lot of responsibility. Helping provide for their families is just one of them. If you are unable to work, you might wonder how your family will get what they need to survive. Social Security Disability benefits could help you and your family.

However, the process of applying for and receiving these benefits can be confusing. You may just want to know how soon you can start receiving the benefits you need. How fast is the process and when will payments start?

The application process

The process of deciding who gets benefits is complex. The amount of time it takes for an application to get approved is dependent on a few different components, including:

  • What your condition is
  • How fast the Social Security office can get proof of your condition
  • Whether or not you need an official medical exam

In some cases, you may be able to apply for benefits online. This can decrease the amount of time it takes. Additionally, there may be other considerations the disability office considers in approving your application.

Then, if your claim is approved, you may still be wondering when you will receive the benefits you need.

Getting payment

After your claim is approved it will still take a little more time to receive the payments. Your first payment will generally take six months from the date your disability began, to be paid. For example, if it was proved your disability began in October 2019, you will receive the first payment in April 2020.

The amount you receive depends on your lifetime average earnings.

There are many factors and components that go into your Social Security Disability application and approval. It can be a lot to handle. Talking to an experienced SSDI attorney may help you navigate the process.