Tuesday, September 06, 2011



Can you Receive the Social Security Back Pay of a Spouse who dies after the Disability Case is Won?

Can you Receive the Social Security Back Pay of a Spouse who dies after the Disability Case is Won?

Someone made the following comment on another post (Social Security Back Pay ).

"MY HUSBAND DIED THE DAY AFTER HE WON HIS DISABILITY CASE...AM I ENTITLED TO THE BACK PAY..IT BEEN 5 MONTHS AND NO WORD FROM SS OFFICE."

And here's the response:

Well there is no one correct answer to this question because there are a few variables that might affect back pay. If your husband passed away one day after being notified that he was approved for disability benefits, there may be no back pay available. All Social Security disability beneficiaries have a five-month waiting period before they are eligible to receive monthly disability benefits. If your husband passed away during the five month waiting period there would be no back payment of benefits because he was not entitled to a monthly disability benefit at the time of his death.

If your husband had been out of work for some time prior to filing a disability claim or he won his disability claim at an administrative law judge hearing, you may very well be entitled to receive a back payment of benefits on your husband’s disability claim.

I would advise you to contact your local Social Security office to ascertain if you are entitled to any potential back payment of benefits from your husband’s disability claim.



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