The Social Security disability attorneys at Disability Associates explain how a recipient will receive Social Security disability benefits once he or she has been approved.

After enduring the process of filing a Social Security disability claim, receiving a “Notice of Award” letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) stating that you will start receiving Social Security disability benefits can be a huge sigh of relief. Upon receiving their letter, some people often ask, “Now what?” Well, the hard part is over, and you can now enjoy your earnings.

Recipients that are approved for Social Security disability insurance should expect to receive their first check within 30 to 90 days from the date they received their “Notice of Award” letter. Ongoing monthly payments, back payments and Medicare are all included in a recipients earnings.

The monthly payment amount for Social Security disability insurance is calculated with the recipient’s work history and the amount in which he or she has contributed to the Social Security system through payroll taxes. These disability payments will be delivered monthly on the same date and directly deposited into a designated checking or savings account per the recipient’s request.

The majority of Social Security disability claims typically result in the recipient getting a payment that covers past due benefits, also known as “back pay.” An individual who has been approved to receive Social Security disability insurance can receive back payments starting from the date in which he or she filed an application, as well as up to 12 months prior to the official filing date. Any back pay due to a recipient will be distributed in a lump-sum payment, which means all of the earnings due will be given at one time.

Recipients that are entitled to receiving Social Security disability insurance will also receive Medicare benefits, which will help pay for medically necessary physician visits, outpatient hospital visits, home healthcare costs and other various services. These benefits are activated two years after eligibility for disability insurance benefits has been established, or in other words, two years after the date of entitlement has been set. As a side note, the date of entitlement is the disability commencement date plus an additional five months, which accounts for the Social Security disability insurance waiting period.

Be sure to discuss the procedures associated with receiving Medicare benefits with your disability attorney as he or she will provide you with all of the details and potential exceptions that pertain to your individual case.

For more information about filing a Social Security disability insurance claim or what to expect after winning your case, please contact Disability Associates.