Social Security Disability Date of Application
Someone wrote that a person's date of application (for a disability claim filed with the social security administration) has nothing to do with a lump sum that might be awarded. They went on to state that a lump sum is based on the determination as to when a claimant became disabled and the waiting period that is involved for all title II social security disability claims.
Was this person correct? Not really. Most individuals who are awarded disability benefits from SSA will receive a certain amount in back pay. What is back pay? Simply put, it is the total amount of disability benefits that are owed to you as a result of the difference between--
A) when the social security administration determined that you met their definition of disability (and this is based on what your medical records have to say about your condition and the limitations that result from your condition) and
B) when you were actually approved to receive disability benefits.
Of course, because of how long it takes a person to get through the disability claim system (being turned down, having to apeal, getting turned down again, having to appeal again, and so on and so forth), there is often a sizable passage of time between a person's date of entitlement (which is a person's established date of onset, i.e. when they became disabled, PLUS the five month waiting period) and their eventual approval for disability benefits.
However, the amount of back pay that a claimant is eligible does have something to do with their date of application. Why? Because the clock for the buildup of past due benefits, or back pay, can't start ticking until a person actually files for disability, i.e. their date of application.
In the case of title II social security disability benefits (SSI disability benefits are title 16), there is also the possibility of being awarded up to 12 months of retroactive disability benefits. Retroactive active benefits are given when the medical evidence of record shows that the claimant was disabled by social security administration standards prior to filing a claim. But, again, you can't start counting backward without a date of application.
So, in actuality, the date of application has much to do with the lump sum amount(s) that a person who has been approved for disability might possibly receive.
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