Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays monthly cash benefits to people who have earned enough work credits by working at least five of the last ten years and who are now expected to be unable to work for a period of at least one year due to a medical condition. If you are found eligible for SSDI, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will pay you a monthly benefit amount equal to the amount you will receive at full retirement age from the time you are found disabled (known as an onset date) until you reach retirement age.
There is a five-month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits meaning that even if you are found disabled by the SSA on the same day that you apply for benefits, an impossibility, you would still have to wait at least five months for your first benefit check from Social Security.
After filing an initial application for SSDI, it is common to wait six to twelve months for a decision on your initial application. If your claim is approved with an onset date near the date that you applied for benefits, you will receive a check for past-due benefits even after applying the five-month waiting period. Conversely, if your claim for disability benefits is denied, you will have sixty days to file an appeal. To learn more about the disability appeals process, please visit our page describing the Social Security disability process.
To learn more about how Viner Disability Law can help you win your claim for SSDI, please contact our office by calling the number in the upper right corner of the page or by filling out a contact form.