Archive for June, 2014

How much back pay can you receive for Social Security disability?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

If you are found disabled by the Social Security Administration for individuals and for disabled widow’s and widower’s the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can not begin until five months after the claimant was determined to be disabled and disability can not be paid more than one year prior to the date the claim was filed.

There is not a five month waiting period for the benefits to begin for disabled adult child SSDI claimants but benefits can not be paid more than six months prior to the date the claim was filed.

For Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimants the benefits can not be paid before the start of the month following the date the claim was filed.

James W. Nuebel
Florida Social Security Attorney

Social Security Disability Benefits

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

This article will provide some basic information regarding Social Security disability benefits. Claimants may receive benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

If approved for SSDI benefits the amount an individual receives depends on how much the claimant has worked and earned in the past; for disabled widow’s and widower’s benefits the amount depends on how much the late spouse worked and earned in the past; for disabled adult child benefits the amount depends on how much the parent worked and earned in the past.

The benefits are fairly modest as the average SSDI benefit for a claimant is about $1,148 per month and for a family about $1,943 per month in 2014.

If approved for SSI benefits the maximum benefit is $721 per month in 2014 less any other income or if living with someone who does not charge rent. The average SSI benefit is about $509 per month for an individual.

James W. Nuebel
Florida Social Security Attorney