November 21, 2013

Will I receive any back pay for my Indiana Social Security Disabilty claim?

Are you an Indiana resident who has been denied disability benefits?  Are you unable to work due to your disability?  If you are wondering whether it is worth your time to appeal the decision, the answer is most likely yes. If you are successful in appealing your claim, you will most likely be due back pay.   The Social Security Administration (SSA) may owe you hundreds of dollars in back pay for your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim.  All the time you waited for a decision was not in vain.   As a disability attorney in Indianapolis, I often get calls from my clients who are ecstatic because they just
received a rather large check for disability compensation back pay.  They now realize that it was worth all the frustration and waiting.    

I applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).  How much can I expect to get?

For those applicants who are approved for SSDI, your back pay will most likely go back to the sixth full month after the date your disability began.  However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will determine exactly how far back your payments should go.  It will depend on your application date and onset date (the date the SSA decides you became disabled).  The amount of your monthly disability is based on your lifetime average earning covered by Social Security.  You can use tools such as a benefit calculator to help determine how much you will get.  

What about back pay for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

For those who are approved for SSI, your back pay has the potential to go back to your application date.  Social Security may issue large past-due SSI benefits in up to three installments.   There may be instances when the SSA can pay in a larger installment.  A person who has certain debts related to food, clothing, shelter, medicine or medically necessary services may qualify.   

The whole process can be lengthy, and you may wonder if it is worth it.  However, if you are successful, you may be due benefits for some (or even all) of the months you spent waiting.  As a Social Security Disability lawyer, I help my clients appeal the denials of their initial applications, file their requests for hearings, and represent them at their hearings.  I am there every step of the way.  I have experience in the entire process, and that knowledge can help you make sure that the appeals process goes smoothly and that you have a well-prepared case to present at the hearing.  If you or a loved one is feeling frustrated with the system and you are tempted to give up, call me today for a free consultation.      

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