Past Due Social Security Benefits

People who file for Social Security disability benefits often find that the application process can be very time consuming. Applications may take months to process and adjudicate before the individual can receive compensation. Individuals who experience significant delays in the application process may be eligible for past due benefits or “back-pay” from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

The process for each Social Security disability applicant can vary due to the specifics of the individual case. If you feel you are owed past due benefits from the SSA, contact the Indianapolis Social Security attorneys of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633.

Past-Due Benefit Payments

Eligibility for past-due payments and the amounts an individual may receive often depends on:

  • When the applicant filed for Social Security disability benefits
  • When the SSA determines the applicant’s disability benefits should take effect
  • Benefits may begin on the date of the application and may be eligible for back-pay up to 12 months from the application date
  • In some cases, there may be a five month waiting period before benefits can start to accrue

People who are owed past due benefits may receive their payment in installments or in one lump sum, depending on the amount they are owed by the Social Security Administration. The administration refers to the start date of benefit accrual as the “established onset date.”

Contact Us

If you feel you are owed back-pay from a Social Security disability claim, consult the Indianapolis Social Security disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 to discuss your case.