How Long Does it Take to Get Backpay?


The Social Security Disability claims process can often be a lengthy process of trial and error. Fortunately, once approved for benefits, you could be eligible for retroactive benefits, also known as backpay.


Could I Get SSD Backpay?

Once approved, backpay covers the period between the disability onset date and the application date – when you would be eligible for benefits. Your disability backpay is calculated by determining the monthly benefit during this retroactive period and subtracting any other income received. Usually, backpay is paid in a lump sum. However, larger amounts may be paid in installments.

Generally, there is a waiting period of five months from the disability onset date before disability benefits become payable. However, the process of receiving backpay could take anywhere between several weeks or months, depending on factors such as processing times and potential appeals.

Does SSI Provide Backpay?

While Supplemental Security Income (SSI) also provides backpay, it doesn’t offer retroactive benefits. In addition, SSI backpay is usually paid in installments if the amount is over $2,349. For more information about SSI and SSDI backpay, speak with an experienced attorney at Disability Attorneys of Michigan at no cost to you.

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Applying for disability benefits can be a complex, confusing process. At the Disability Attorneys of Michigan, we strive to make it as simple and stress-free as possible. We have an answer to every question and are ready to speak with you for free.

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