Start Date of Disability Benefits: How Long Will I Wait?

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Social Security disability benefits help millions of disabled Americans get by financially. However, applying for them (and receiving them) can be a difficult and frustrating process. If you successfully apply for disability benefits, there is a waiting period before you actually receive them. We at Summit Disability Law Group are dedicated to helping Utahns understand their rights in these cases. This post identifies the start date of disability benefits in most cases, so that you can know how long you will wait.

The Start Date of Disability Benefits: Things to Know

When it comes to receiving newly-awarded disability benefits, applicants often have two major questions. These are, “how long do I have to wait?” and “how much will I receive?”

  • How Long Do I Have to Wait?

If you win your case, there is a waiting period before you will begin receiving your benefits. This waiting period lasts five months. You will receive your first installment of benefits after this waiting period passes.

  • How Much Will I Receive?

How much you will receive is based on your lifetime average earnings that was covered by Social Security. If you’re curious for an estimate, you can use the Social Security Statement online or one of their benefit calculators.

The SSA also provides retroactive benefits depending on when your disability began.  So, if you are approved in April 2017 and your disability began in January 2016, you can receive retroactive benefits. Because of the 5-month waiting period, however, you will not receive benefits for five of those months. As with many aspects of disability law, this can be confusing. If you would like to discuss anything about disability benefits with an experienced disability lawyer, contact us today!

Summit Disability Law Group Can Answer Your Questions

If you are stuck in or struggling with any step of the disability claims process, we can help! The experienced disability lawyers at Summit Disability Law Group regularly help Utahns build strong, winning cases at every point in the process. Even if you have been denied, do not give up. We know how to successfully appeal cases. We understand that the start date of disability benefits is only one of many questions applicants have. If you would like to discuss your case in a free consultation, please contact us today! Or, fill out the form on the top right of this page.

We also have a free book titled, The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook, that can help you understand the Social Security disability claims process. To order your absolutely free copy, just click on the title above!


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