If you applied for Social Security Disability Insurance and have been approved,
then you are subject to a five month waiting period before your payments
will start up. The Social Security Administration has the right to withhold
five months of approved claimant's benefits before starting monthly
payments or before calculating back payments owed to the claimant.
The five month waiting period will commence on the claimant's onset
date of disability. This is the date that the SSA declares that the claimant
became disabled based on documents filed with the administration. The
beginning of payments will start five months after this date. The date
of entitlement is different than the date that the claimant may have filed
an application. The onset date cannot be more than 17 months prior to
the application date.
There are several exceptions to this five month waiting period. If you
are filing for SSI rather than SSDI, than you may be approved to receive
disability benefits that are not subject to the five month waiting period.,
The SSI claimants will be eligible for their first payment on the month
after they apply for disability though they may receive the first several
months allowances in the firm of back payments if it takes the SSA time
to sort things out.
Also, if you were approved for SSDI benefits, and then stopped receiving
benefits and are now requesting them again through reinstatement, you
may be able to avoid this five month wait period. Also, if you are applying
for benefits as the child of a disabled worker, there is no waiting period
that applies to your case. If you have questions or concerns about the
five month waiting period, then you need to talk with an attorney at the
firm today. Contact a
SSDI lawyer at the firm today if you would like more information!