With the help of an experienced attorney, you have a much greater chance of qualifying for benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Once approved, you may wonder how much compensation you are eligible for and when you will receive it—here is a brief overview of what to expect after being approved for Social Security benefits:
Collecting Your First Check
Once your application for Social Security is approved, your first benefit check will be paid for the sixth full month after the date the SSA determines your disability began. You may have waited longer to file your claim, in which case, your benefits should arrive in 20-60 days. If you were found eligible for Disability Insurance, your payments are determined by a regional center that is likely to issue you a check quickly. If you are awarded Income Payments, the determination of your payments will be made at a local SSA office, which may take longer to process.
Receiving Past-Due Benefits
The total amount of money you will receive is based on all benefits you and your dependents are entitled to from the date the disability began until the date your claim was approved by SSA. Remember, you must provide financial information for every month that you are eligible for payments to the Agency in order to continue receiving checks. If the SSA sees that you received financial assistance from friends or family, your previously awarded benefits may be reduced.
If you get a job of any kind while receiving benefits, you have to formally inform the SSA. Be honest! Neglecting to do so will mean that when the SSA finds out, they will charge you for overpayment. In essence, the agency will send you a bill and ask for their money back.
If you are thinking about filing for Social Security, or have recently been approved, speak to an attorney who can explain the process to you. If you live in Philadelphia, contact Todd M. Berk at (215) 687-4432. Todd Berk is an experienced Social Security lawyer who can fight for your benefits.
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