Are you interested in applying for
Social Security Disability benefits? If so, we encourage you to read on as we provide some basic
information about your rights and responsibilities while receiving SSDI benefits.
In order to receive SSDI benefits, you cannot start receiving payments
until your disability has lasted at least five months. Generally, an approved
applicant can start receiving their benefits on their sixth month of disability.
Once you are approved for benefits, Social Security will send you a notice
explaining how much your disability payments will be each month and when
they will begin.
What if my family members are eligible for benefits based off my work record?
In that case, they will receive a separate notice from the Social Security
How long do payments last?
Unlike other disability programs, such as workers’ compensation that
is often capped once you reach a certain time limit, disability payments
continue so long as your medical condition continues, making it so that
you are unable to work.
There is however, no guarantee that benefits continue indefinitely. Due
to advances in medical science and rehabilitation, many people are eventually
able to return to work once they recover from a serious accident or illness.
Your Responsibility to Report to the SSA
The SSA requires that you report the following:
- If you decide to go back to work,
- Your disabling condition improves,
- You move to a new address, and
- You receive a check that you know you should have not received.
What happens when I reach retirement age?
If you are in the midst of receiving your SSDI benefits and you reach full
retirement age, then your disability benefits will convert to retirement
benefits. This happens automatically and despite the conversion, your
benefit amount actually stays the same.
To apply for SSDI benefits,
contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm today!