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Back Benefits Awards
When you apply for disability benefits, it takes a long time to hear a decision. And if you're denied disability benefits, it takes a long time to appeal. You're out of work for months, maybe years at this point. How will you pay for medical treatment during this time? What about other necessities?
When a claimant successfully appeals their denied disability claim, they may be awarded "past" or "back" benefits in addition to those they will receive in the future. These benefits are not automatic and the amount is affected by the date of determined disability. However, these benefits can help you if you're injured and unable to work or earn your previous income. Contact an attorney to discuss your specific situation and legal needs.
A disability claims attorney can help you from the very beginning of your appeal. The first step is to file a request for reconsideration. Many people find it difficult to get approved at this stage, so they may have to go on to a hearing.
Each level of the appeals process requires a claimant to show more proof of their disability and work history. This means that medical records, expert testimony, and an extensive work history is taken into consideration. At the hearing, a judge can assess this information in person. An attorney can help you develop a complete picture of your disability and how it affects your life for the judge. The chances of being approved are much higher at this stage in the process.
If you're approved, the judge may award back benefits in addition to the disability benefits you'll receive in the future.
Determined Date of Disability
The amount of back disability benefits you receive depends on the length of time that the Social Security Administration considers you to be disabled. Even if you win back benefits, you may not agree with the length of time the SSA says you've been injured or sick and unable to work due to that condition.
For example, you apply for benefits in January 2010, saying you've been out of work since July 2009 due to a number of conditions. You need to file an appeal, but you're finally approved for benefits in January 2012, two years later. But the Social Security Administration says you've only been disabled since October 2009. This four-month difference can seriously change your award amount considering that monthly benefits are sometimes about $300-$500.
Although winning back benefits can be a big help, you still may not get the most money you're entitled to for your disability. You can appeal the decision on your back benefits with the help of an experienced attorney. The disability lawyers at the Coye Law Firm can help you get benefits and determine whether or not appealing back benefits is worth the wait. Call our office today for a free consultation.