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How Do Disability Back Payments Work?

How Do Disability Back Payments Work?

How Do Disability Back Payments Work?

Social Security Disability back benefits can be a complicated and confusing topic

The rules are confusing and differ depending on the type of benefit awarded.  For instance, there are different rules regarding back benefits for Social Security Disability and SSI.  

The rules are frequently called arbitrary and without reason. Often, this is true. Many of the guidelines and regulations for determining back benefits are outdated, but they are still valid. 

Back benefits are unpaid money the government owes for the period of time the claimant was disabled but wasn’t receiving benefits due to the length of the application process

 

Example:
Joe applies for SSI in January.  In March, Social Security finds that he is disabled and has been since January.  His monthly check is $1000, and he receives his first one on March 2nd.  Social Security still owes him $2000 in back benefits because he wasn’t paid for the months of January and February.