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So, you’ve won your case. The judge said you were disabled. Now what?

Don’t go out and spend the money, yet. It can be months until you get paid your back benefits.

Typically, it takes about 90 days to begin getting her monthly checks. It can take six months to one year or even more to get your back pay.

When you’re found disabled, and Award letter has to issue. This determines how far back you get paid, how much the back benefit is and, depending on the benefit, if there are any offsets for work, resources, workers compensation…

If you received both Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), there will be two Award letters, and a separate letter in which they offset the two benefits.

We have clients whose cases have taken years. Therefore, there will be a very large back payment. Such large payments require multiple reviews. This can take a very long time, particularly if they get it wrong and have to start over.

There are things that you can do to help the process:

  1. Accept Social Security calls. Return their calls.
  2. If you have been working part-time, have your check stubs and tax returns available.
  3. If you have not previously submitted them, have your marriage certificate and children’s birth certificates available.
  4. Make sure your address and banking details are correct with Social Security.
  5. If you have not heard from Social Security 30 days after you have been approved, call them. Then, schedule a follow up every 15 days. If you have an attorney, the attorney should call them.
  6. It is sometimes worthwhile to have your Congressional Representative involved if it has been six months and you have still not been paid. If you have an attorney, s/he can coordinate this.

What can an attorney do to help with this? First, we have a specific number to call on these matters. Secondly, many of our clients are simply getting through the day, dealing with their illnesses and impairments. Dealing with Social Security is a burden. We have the ability to stay on top of the matter.