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

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

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