Frequently Asked Questions

Can SSI/SSDI benefits be paid retroactively?


In the case of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), there is no truly retroactive payment. Individuals who are approved for benefits can only receive payments going back to the initial date of application, regardless of the date of onset and duration of disability. Because many SSI cases become quite lengthy (routinely taking up to several years), a claimant canĀ  be reimbursed for payments they would have received during the time of the approval process.


For Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) cases, those approved can be awarded back payments for up to twelve months prior to the date of application if it is determined that they were disabled for that entire length of time. Even if the duration of an individual's disability extends back further than that, the SSA will not reimburse people for more that one year prior to their initial application date.


If you are currently involved in an appeal for SSI or SSDI and are unsure if you will be awarded the appropriate back pay, contact a qualified Social Security lawyer now.



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