You’ve Been Approved For SSD Benefits: Now What?
So, you’ve made it through to the end of the long, difficult process of applying for Social Security Disability (SSDI) Benefits, and you were finally approved! While you might feel happiness and relief that one phase of your ordeal is finally over, you probably still have a long and difficult recovery ahead of you, and you most likely have several questions about what happens next. Read on to find some of the answers to your most pressing questions
When will I start getting payments?
Without a doubt, this is the question most often asked once SSDI benefits are approved. You probably noticed that you didn’t have a check in the mail right away, so you’re probably asking this question as well. Well, the bad news is that you are dealing with the government here, and nothing government-related ever seems to happen quickly, and this is no exception. You’ve already waited months for your application to go through, and now you’re going to have to wait a little longer. Typically, once benefits are approved, it takes another one to two months before your first check arrives in the mail.
What about back payments?
The good news is that even though it will be some time before you get your first check in the mail, you will be getting benefits from the moment you are approved. So, if you are approved in February, but don’t get a check until April, you are still entitled to the February and March payment. That back pay will arrive, but it takes a couple of extra months to process. So, be on the lookout for that extra bit of help at some point after your checks first start to arrive!
Can I get retroactive payments as well?
The short answer is probably. If you can prove that you were disabled or injured before you actually applied for benefits, then there is a good chance you might be able to get payments for that time as well. The catch is you have to be able to show you were already disabled for at least five months before you applied! If you are eligible for retro benefits, then you can also expect that check to arrive in the mail some time later.
What do I need to do to continue getting payments?
The final question many people have deals with the future: what do you have to do to continue to receiving SSDI benefits? While getting those benefits might have difficult, it’s generally easier to keep them, as long as you keep a few things in mind. First, remember that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is required to periodically review its cases to make sure its recipients still qualify. These review cases occur every so often–usually every three to seven years. However, if your situation is expected to improve quicker than that, they might move up the review. During that time it is also expected that you will follow whatever medical advice, treatments, or medical regimens you have been given by your healthcare provider. Failure to do so might cost you your benefits, as the SSA might decide that you could work if you followed the prescribed treatments, and therefore they will drop your benefits.
Hopefully, these answers helped to clear up some of the questions you might have. If you need help with this process, or have any more questions, please contact London Disability so we can help.