What happens after Social Security finds you disabled

After waiting months (even years) to get your Social Security disability hearing, and then months more to get the decision, you finally have it!  Social Security has found you disabled. It is “Favorable” (either Fully Favorable or Partly Favorable).

Ok, now what? When do my Social Security benefits begin?

Here’s the thing: Social Security disability cases have two parts:

Part 1. Deciding if you are disabled? That was what the hearing was about.
Part 2. Deciding your eligibility for benefits, the benefit amount, and the amount of back benefits if any.

Part 1 is done. Part 2 is just starting…

Even after deciding that you are disabled, Social Security needs to figure out your monthly benefits and your back benefits.

If you were applying for both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your benefits for each program are calculated separately by different Social Security offices. In other words, after Social Security decided that you are disabled, your file now flies off in two separate directions. Title 2 – Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are processed by a regional payment center, while your Title 16 – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are processed by your local Social Security office.

Once the processing is complete, you will receive separate notices about your benefits for each program. In the upper left side of each notice it will either say “Retirement, Survivors & Disability Insurance” or “Supplemental Security Income.” That is how you know whether the letter is talking about your SSDI or SSI benefits.

Your SSDI benefits will probably be calculated first. Once your monthly benefits and back benefits are calculated you will receive a “Notice of Award” letter, summarizing your benefits. This is usually followed by an “Important Information” letter, which gives you more information, including when you can expect payment.

Your SSI benefits are handled by your local Social Security office. You have to be disabled and qualify financially to receive SSI. Your local Social Security office will contact you to go over your income and assets to see if you still qualify. Please note: Social Security will consider your SSDI benefits in determining your financial eligibility for SSI.  So, your SSI benefits may be reduced or eliminated for any months that you also receive SSDI benefits.

Just as under the SSDI program, you will receive a “Notice of Award” letter followed by an “Important Information” letter describing your Supplemental Security Income benefits and when you can expect a check.

Processing your benefits should take approximately thirty to ninety days.

The good news is that this part of your Social Security case is mostly automatic.  You may be asked to provide pay stubs, bank statements or other documents, but remember you are in the home stretch!

  • lauren777

    Trying to find out the decision from the law judge about my SSI

  • Linda

    Your blog is a wealth of information. You have answered so many of my questions.

    Thank you.

  • http://www.pacnetservices.com/index.php PacNet

    Still waiting for a result regarding my SSI

  • cathy889

    i got ssi award letter it said i can’t get ssdi but i earning statement say i have enough to qualify for retirement

  • Angie Beber

    ok i have been through all of this it took about 3-4 years and a lawyer to win my sons case….he gets the monthly check……but there is a back amount owed to us($25,000) but they will not let me touch it…they says it has to be used on medical(which he has medicaid) and school nothing else??? they had deposited 1,900 in a account i had to open…i spent the money on buying my son clothing a bed, paying bills(that do benefit him) and they tell me i misused this money and i have to repay it(i have no money to repay that)!! right now i have no car to get my son to doctor appointments….and i cant use the money to even purcahse a cheap car that will get us going where we need to be!! i guess i'm just wondering if anyone has any suggestions or knows who i can call to get info on this matter!!!

  • Jaymee Hyatt

    I won my case on February 26, 2009. I have not herd anything snice . Not one single word of what is going on. My helth is deteriating. I have RDS also called CRPS. , Fibromyalgia, and just recently a Huge inflamed disc in my gluteus maximus. I have 2 childern to support, that live with me 24/7.And my stress is through the roof, heart burn that fells like battery acid on a good day, hair falling out in lumps and klups speratically(not the kind of look a single mom really goes for) and to top everything off panic attack just last week (ya thats one I so could of left unchecked). Many, many, more, but I'm sure you get the point. All I'm asking for is a letter to just let me know what's going on. A couple of minutes in a letter, three tops. A little communication goes a long way. Its all I'm sayin'. My health would thank them for it.

  • http://socialsecurityinsider.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    Have you called SSA to see what the hold up is?

  • mitzilee

    i live in baltimore maryland i just recieve an fully favorable by the ajl judge what is the next process

  • gerald franklin

    yes i'am getting ssa disability,will I get medicaid or medicare.got a letter saying fully favorable, will it be 30 days or 60 days before I hear something?

  • gerald franklin

    yes i'am getting ssa disability,will I get medicaid or medicare.got a letter saying fully favorable, will it be 30 days or 60 days before I hear something?

  • Desiree Lewis

    I had a hearing for my ssi and ssdi in June, I was told my case is being edited what does this mean? Also the medical expert that was there to testify, says in his opinion he doesn't see me working at any level, is this a postive for me?

  • http://www.ColoradoSocialSecurityLaw.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    A case in editing already has the decision written (which is sometimes done out of the ODAR office with a decision writer), and is now being edited. Once that step is done, the judge has to sign the decision and it goes out the door.

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  • Sable_licious

    Yesterday, out of the blue, I received a call from SS to make a appointment for a phone call with me in two weeks. I asked what the appointment was for, and the lady stated to talk about your appoval for your benefits. I was shocked.

    17 months ago, I applied for Social Security. I was denied. My disability is Cancer. I have been though hell and back in the last year, chemo…radition, 4 surgeries, and still undergoing treatment. After the denial, I hired a lawyer, and she was able to get me a appeals hearing within 8 months.

    The hearing was about 3 weeks ago, and I thought it didnt go to well. WHY? I been drawing unemployment for the last year because I was eligible. The Judge stated to draw unemployment you have to be looking for work. I said yes, I was aware of that. He then asked “Did you look for work?” I said no. I explained that during the last year, with the chemo, radiation, surgeries, endless doctors appts, that I was just trying to survive. Plain and simple. The judge said Ive heard enough, and the hearing ended. So to my complete surprise…I was appoved. So now the important question. Will I have to pay back all the unemployment out of my back pay? The lawyer told me that the federal government usually doesnt police the state, but she was unsure. What do you think?

  • Sable_licious

    Thanks Tom for your answer. But…it didn’t answer my question, lol. The ALJ came down pretty hard on me about the unemployment, and it seemed as if he wasn’t even concerned about my disability. My lawyer…spoke for about 2 minutes, and was cut off by the ALJ. He then began to grill me, the hearing lasted 20 minutes total.

    I’ve looked at alot of sites about the unemployment/Social Security, but my question seems to be up in the air. My lawyer knew that I was receiving the unemployment and never, not once…even seemed to consider it would arise as a problem. Also, when I first applied for SS, the lady at the SS office told me I could receive SS and unemployment at the same time. I told the ALJ this too.

    Sp back to you TOM, have you ever heard, in any case law, that the SS withheld “back pay” to reimburse the state for unemployment? Thanks for your prompt response!!

  • http://StasiukFirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    Congratulations on the win.

    A lot depends on the Judge. I have seen some judges take personal offense that an individual was receiving Social Security at the same time as unemployment insurance. However, Social Security has acknowledged that the standards for SSA disability and unemployment are different and not necessarily mutually inconsistent. Consider: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2009/03/how-do-unemployment-benefits-affect-a-social-security-disability-claim/

  • http://StasiukFirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    Hi Sable,

    That’s the only answer I can give you. *I* personally am not aware of any such regulation. But that is not determinative. Whether you may need to repay the state for unemployment is, strictly speaking, outside of my practice are (helping people get their Social Security disability benefits).

    Since you have an attorney on your case, make them work for their commission and ask them! :)

  • Sable_licious

    Is it true you only get 6 months back pay on SS if you have an income over $700.00 monthly?

  • http://StasiukFirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    That… doesn’t ring a bell. I can’t think of rule that would explain what you mention. There a 5 month waiting period. There’s income limits for both SSI & DIB. But, it sounds like there is something else happening. Talk to SSA about what is going on in your case.

  • Foxxy Brown65

    I got approved for SSDI I got my decision letter, notice of award letter and my Medicare card…but no money on my award letter it only mentioned my monthly amount but no backpay or when i will receive first check. I called SS and they told me there was some code of incarceration she asked me have I been in jail I told her never in my life but I was in a stabilization unit for a week due to possible suicided do you think it will take months for them to gather what they need before I can receive my benefits?

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Congratulations on winning your case! From what I have seen, when SSA get bad data in the system it can take quite a bit of time to get things corrected. I cannot speak to your specific circumstances, however, in general, I encourage people to try the following:

      1) Find out what the problem is. Just knowing that the benefits have not been released is not enough. You need to know what the hold up is. Is there an workers’ compensation issue? Incarceration? Prior overpayment?
      2) Find out who is working on it. Get the name and direct extension of the person who is working on the file right now.
      3) Follow up regularly. I do not recommend calling daily. Social Security is amazingly overworked and you have to give people time to work on things. When you speak to the case technician, ask when the current step should be resolved. Calendar that and call back to follow up.
      4) Document your contact with SSA. Keep a notebook with your attempts to solve the problem, and with Social Security’s response.
      5) If the technician repeatedly fails to call you back when you leave messages, consider escalating the matter to the supervisor at that office. Be reasonable here: don’t leave daily messages and expect a call back the same day. However, if you leave only one message a week and after several weeks you still have not received a call back, escalate. Note: if there is a deadline that may affect your rights, you may need to escalate sooner, or pursue other remedies.
      6) If all else fails and you have tried to leave messages, escalate, and you cannot get a response out of Social Security, consider getting your Congress-person involved.

      Please keep in mind that my general disclaimer (this is not legal advice) applies. :)

      • Tara Jhons

        Thx for the reply Tom…well SSA took care of it a woman had the same name and birthday as me but in a different state. Now that is cleared up my next issue is …my lawyer got paid and so did my daughter for backpay as to she wasn’t 18 according to the judge set date, I have not received any money I got a letter telling me that the SSA is withholding 7months I guess for prior workers comp and such…but I never been on works comp or anything like that (my backpay is from March 09) I did receive unemployment in 08 before i applied for SSDI my attorney knew this but wasn’t very concerned. Do you think they are withholding back pay because of the unemployment and if that was the case wouldn’t the attorney and my daughter not get paid? I won back in Oct 2010 and still waiting :-( I’ve gotten my fully fav letter,award letter and medicare card….but still no payment.

        • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Honestly, if you got a fully fav letter 2 months ago, not that much time has passed. I often see it taking 3 months or so for back benefits to be released. Normally, if the atty has received payment and any auxiliary benefits have been released, the claimant’s back benefits are soon to follow.

          Since you have an atty, have them give SSA a call to see if there is a hold up in releasing your back benefits.

          Good luck!

  • Gilberto

    hi tom, my appeal hearing was june 30, 2010, i received a letter on august 18,2010, stating that i had a partially favorable ruling. i receivd my medicare card in october 2010, and started receiving my monthly check in october and my second check in november. i am still wating for my back payment, i did receive workers compensation for five years from 2001 to 2006, i then got a settlement from them based on the level of my permanent disability. then in 2009 i was desperate for cash and settled my future medical with workers comp. i call social security over 10 o 15 days and they give my an amount of what they are going to pay but no time frame as to when they are going to pay. today, they told me that my attorney has been paid (my attorney has not informed me, i’ll call them monday). i read on a blog a little while ago that every time i call social security i am actually triggering an internal response that causes another person to look at it.

    please advise, gary

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I can’t advice, I can only provide general information on this site (plus you already have an attorney). I have not heard of a “internal response” triggered with every call. Some times I wish there was something like that since it is often difficult to get information out of Social Security.

      Give your lawyer a chance. He or she should be able to go over what is happening now and walk you through the next few steps and give you estimates on when your benefits should come in.

      Good luck Gary!

      • Gilberto

        Thanks Tom, i read about the “internal response” on another blog. my attorney just keeps telling me “in a few weeks” or “you should of already got it”.

        Thanks for hosting this blog!

        Thanks again, Gary

  • Gilberto

    another question, what happens if i buy some stocks or future contracts and i make some money. after the end of the calender year i get a 1099 showing x amount of income. would that affect my ssdi?

    thanks, gary

  • George Barnes

    Hello Tom,
    I had an ALJ Hearing August 18, 2010. I received a fully favorable letter on October 12, 2010 stating I was approved for SSI and SSDI. I then received an award notice for the SSI part on November 10, 2010 and my first SSI check on December 1, 2010. I still have not heard anything from SSDI and I called the 1800# and they just see SSI and not SSDI. Do you have any idea when I may receive an award notice from SSDI and how long it takes? I did receive a letter for the ticket to work program on December 21, 2010, but still no notice, no check or back pay information.

    Thank You,
    Mr. Barnes

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi George.

      I have have a number of instances of worried calls from my clients who have contacted the SSA 800 number and received incorrect or incomplete information.

      Even though a regional payment center handles the processing of SSDI benefits, I have found it is often better to contact the local office to check on the status of benefits (versus contacting the 800 number).

      Good luck!

  • Jbbryant09

    Im 51 Will Be 52 Years Old On March 10th 2011 !! I Filed For Disability 5 Years Ago Been Turned Down 3 Times And Went To My hearing Tues Feb 1st 2011 !! Me & My Lawyer !! After The Hearing Was Over I Was Already Out And Then My Lawyer Came Out And Told me This !! ( Well, I Dont Have A Crystal Ball , But That Went Well, It looked like He Felf pretty Confident About Me Winning , But Said I Cant promise Anything . He Was Telling me That if he Approved It , It Would be From Back When I Was 50 Years Old. And I Would get Back Pay From 50 On. So With All This Said , What Do Yall Thank.!! Sounds Like Ive Got It To Me !! Im Sure Hopeing So !! Please Leave me A Comment On If You Thank It Sounds Like Ive Got It To You All , Please !!! Thanks To All !!!!

    • Jbbryant09

      My Lawyer Called me Yesterday And Told me The Judge Was Going To Find Me Disabled And From Back When I Turned 50 !! Man What A Relief !! Now Waiting For my Letter I Suppose And Money !! How Long Before i get The Letter And back Pay & 1st Check !! Anyone Please !! Thanks ben !!!

    • sniper

      i will keep you in my prayers ….. i just got approved on the 17th after 3 years. I wish you and your family the very best it is a bear what all you must go through. i hope u gets lots back. you have a great night now….

    • Jamesbond1009

      sounds good, i had my hearing over a month ago.. took about 28 days to get decision from ALJ. got a fully favorable decision.  after the hearing my lawyer also told me ” that went very well  ” … so it sounds as if you may get it… hope by time you read this you will have gotten good news!

  • Bowyer Dawn

    i have won my appeal for dla i was told im entitled to middle rate carecomponent frm 4 oct 2010 til 4 oct 2012 how long wil it take to recieve money thats owed and how much is it weekly

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Congratulations Bowyer! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. However, this site discusses the US Social Security disability program. I suspect you will have better luck asking about the Disability Living Allowance program on a UK site. All my best.

  • Janvier

    I am a wounded warrior ( OEF) and rated through the VA as 100% disabled and have been since 2006.
    I filed for my SSDI in Feb 2006 and was turned down I went through the appeals court with the law judge in 2009 I was turned down again while waiting for my next appeal I called my congressman and received helped in getting my case reviewed in Falls church, VA they sent my case back to the same law judge and told him that he made the decision and to look at the case again. A week before my hearing
    The judge calls my lawyers to make a deal saying he would approve my case if I would except Jan 2010 as my date of disability. I had a stroke at that time. I received my letter from the judge showing my fully favorable decision on march 14 2011. How long does it take to start receiving my first cheek.

    Wounded from Texas

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi Janvier,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. You have been through a lot in getting a decision.

      Your lawyer is in the best position to estimate how long it will take to process benefits in your area.

      In Colorado, I see benefit processing times between 1-4 months. DIB cases get processes faster since SSA does not have to determine financial eligibility (as in SSI cases). Concurrent SSI / DIB cases take longer as two separate offices process benefits. Processing times may also increase if there are Work Comp or interim assistance repayment issues, prior overpayments, or periods of incarceration during the disability period.

      Good luck Janvier, and thanks for reading!

  • Redmancheyenne

    I had my SSDI hearing seven months and two weeks ago. ( Sept 15th 2010) A decision was made the
    1st week of January 2011. It’s been written and is in final edit since the second week of March, almost 5 weeks. My lawyer says it’s not unusual things taking this long. But it dosen’t sound too good to me. I had my hearing by video conference in Falls Church.

    Is it common for it to take more than six months before you find out what the decision is? If it’s favorable, I hope it dosen’t take another 7+ months for benifits!

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I know how frustrating these long decisions can be. However, a case in “final edit” for a month is not that long (even if it has been seven months since the hearing). I realize that this is not very satisfying, however, things are moving forward (even if slowly).

      Hopefully, you will win your case. In my experience, benefit processing takes between 45 days to 90 days.

      Good luck!

  • annette fraire

    my son was approved for ssi in may n they told me he would start recieving in june 2011 and i still havent recieved anything i try calling the case worker and shes only answered once she told she would have an answer at the end of the day never heard from her again tried calling everyday but she dont answer

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      When this happens to me, I call the main number and hold for the next attendent. Sometimes, the case technician is on vacation, or the case has been transferred to another person. If the case is still with the same case tech, it is also possible to escalate to their supervisor.

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      When this happens to me, I call the main number and hold for the next attendent. Sometimes, the case technician is on vacation, or the case has been transferred to another person. If the case is still with the same case tech, it is also possible to escalate to their supervisor.

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  • Mr.ACE Houses

    i would like to see my fully favorable decision details and what i need to do now i have been waiting iwould like to see when i will receive my benefits

  • Loriblackwell

    I have been diagnosed with Gluteus Medicus and Trochanteric Bursitis. My job consists of me walking 8 hours back and forth with 30 registers and throughout the store. I am a front end supervisor of a large retail chain. I can’t do this job anymore with the pain in my leg. I’v have had a fusion in my back also about 10 years ago. I am hurting so bad. The doctor said I could be in a wheel chair if I don’t stop. There is a surgery but it is only 50% that it will work. I need my job to survive. I can’t quit. My question is how do I still work and file for SS Disability without loosing any income. I have 2 wks vacation days and 122 hours of sick time, but it is not enough to go throughout pay until they tell me I qualified or even if I did. I could lose my job then and diffently have no income then. I don’t know what to do or what to do first.  Can you or anyone help me to decide or lead me in the right direction. I am so desperate. Thank you.

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi Lori,

      You are not going to like it, however I consider transferring from work to Social Security disability with no loss of income as an unrealistic request. The processing time on an *initial* claim is about 4-6 months (in Colorado). Also the test of disability under Social Security is an inability to perform work (at a substantial gainful activity level). http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/08/am-i-disabled/

      Theoretically, if an individual’s impairments limited to working below the SGA threshold, they could continue to work and apply for benefits. http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2007/12/useful-site-social-security-substantial-gainful-activity-amounts-by-year/

      However on DIB claims, there is also the 5 month waiting period during which SSA withholds benefits: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2009/04/what-is-the-5-month-waiting-period-in-disability-insurance-cases/

      Conceivably, it could be done to document a declining ability to work and basically build up the case before the individual stops working to try to minimize the time without income. However, as lawyers (and non-lawyer representatives) work on a percentage of back benefits in most cases, and you are basically asking any lawyer to “keep my back benefits to an absolute minimum,” because you want a smooth hand off from work income to disability benefits, a standard fee agreement may not work.  If an individual asked my office to do something like this, I would probably require a fee petition based fee agreement along with a sizable deposit toward fees. http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2009/05/what-is-a-fee-petition/

      So, it is difficult, potentially doable (or at least tryable), but costly.

      Good luck Lori!

  • Azador

    Hi, I had my hearing with a judge Sep 7th, 2011, he awarded me my disability during the trial.  Now I am curious how long it will be before I receive my first payment.  I know the back pay will take awhile, but they have already sorted out how much I am receiving every month and information like that.  I was awarded SSD and SSI, but the amount of the SSI has yet to be determined.  This process began over a year ago.  I was denied by Social Security and appealed with an attorney.

  • Anonymous

    I have some advice for folks: Don’t go with Binder and Binder.  They are not advocates in any sense of the term.  They push paper around and pass on costs for medical records that will never be used.  They do this only to maintain an illusion that they are doing something for you.  They are not. 

    I had an interesting conversation with the state SSDI claims analyst handling my case:  She had never, ever heard word one from anyone at Binder and Binder about my case, period.  Binder & Binder had told me that they had spoken with her and made arrangements so that I did not have to appear for a medical examination.  That was a lie.  She told me that my failure to appear was considered an act of bad faith and that as a result my case was in imminent danger of being denied. 

    Binder & Binder has a vested interest in  this I think.  If your case is denied and goes to the appeals level, it takes longer and if you get approval your back SSDI pay is larger and they therefore maximize their cut.

    So take care!

  • Shaq667

    I received an award letter saying I’mapproved for ssi. Now ssi is telling me that was wrong and my case is pending. I called back today they are saying I’m denied. Has anyone ever hear of this and if so, what should I do??

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      That’s very frustrating. Especially since you don’t know what happened. Hopefully the denial letter will give you some idea of what happened. The denial also lays out your appeal options. If SSA just denies the claiming stating you are not disabled, you can still appeal to the next stage (either a Reconsideration or a Hearing — depending on your state). You can also appeal if there was a different problem. But, it all depends on what the denial says.

  • Milton Nessa

    I have a question about my case i was once a ward of the state and i have never had a real job just odds jobs like McDonald domino’s telemarketing hair dresser i receive my earning statement at the end of the year and it says i got have my credits to retire and i am only 31 so that’s good but my question i applied for ssi and disability i gave them all my medical records since 2001 they sent me to the consultative examination and they said i have ptsd now i am wondering how long will i hear from them since to me it was going pretty quick the claim cause i filed in July and its September and had my examine so how long now before i know

  • Milton Nessa

    and i also wanted to know can you get advisability for such a diagnosis for ptsd and the fact that i was with the state which caused my ptsd. When i filed and did my phone interview she asked me haven’t anyone tried to file these benefits for you in the past i said i don’t know i was a ward of the state in the age of 21 and realized that i cant make it out here on my own i have nightmares about the things that happen to me in the so when i went to the examination the lady said i have ptsd and i should get approved so i wonder how long its going to take. I call ed and the lady said that they haven’t got the report back but then when i call the 1800 number they say its at the field office so what should i do now

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Once Social Security has the necessary medical records and a consultative examination report, it usually does not take very long from them to make a decision. If you want a time estimate, I would venture a guess of 2 to 6 weeks. The case worker should have an idea of what, if anything, needs to be done before the decision can be made. 

      As far as possible steps to take to improve one’s chances, that’s where getting a representative can really help. 

  • James

    I have gotten approved But I got a partially favorable decision and I got told to show up for an appointment but they still haven’t told me if I’m getting paid the norm or what or even when I’m getting back pay from or nothing. How long does it usually take for a partially favorable decision recipient to figure out how much I get and when I’m gonna get it. Help n e one lol.


    Had my hearing on Sept. 1st and the judge stated I would receive a fully favorable decision in the mail. Got the decision in less than a month. The 24th is when I actually received it. I’ll have 28 months of back pay according to the judge’s ruling. Now I assume the SSA office is calculating payments and back pay, can I expect an award / statement letter and eventually a payment within 30-90 days? Is that 30 – 90 days from the date I got the judge’s letter or 30-90 days from the beginning?

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Estimates are from the prior step. So, ~45-90 days to get a decision from the date of the hearing. ~30-90 days to get an award letter from the decision. 

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      • Git some

        So there is no back payment just payment from the date of hearing until one actually receives award letter?

        • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Back benefits depend on the type of case (SSDI vs SSI), the filing date, and how far back the judge found an individual disabled. This goes over it: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2009/04/how-far-back-does-social-security-pay-benefits/

  • Sweetlove333_77

    My daughter had a hearing in June 2011 she  has therthering of the spinal cord, carpal tunnel, unlar nerve, left arm loss of use 45% She could get ssi but Hubby makes to much, the judge requested she go to Mental/Ortho doc, where  the reports say on mental end Bi-polar1, Post tramtic stress ( chronic),  Obsessive compulsive disorder, Mood disorder, and borderline intellectial functioning.. Also said she can’t handle money. The Ortho put her as she could do all thing 1/3 of a 8 hr day ( whatever that means) Ortho also stated that this would last more then 12 months  THAT appt WAS July 2011, and still havent heard anything< What are the odds of her getting approved ?

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      From what you describe, it sounds like she has a case. However, the outcome depends on the records. 

  • Git some

    I recently called SS to setup direct deposit for my monthly payments. My lawyer called me and told me in may that my case was reviewed and I won. I still have not receive my award letter but the operator at the SS office I spoke with told me my first payment should begin next month. Why are they going to start the payment without the award letter? 

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Check out: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2010/02/super-fast-social-security-disability-benefits/

  • Lawman16558

    I filed for SSI and SSA in 1997, the lawyer I had at the time did not do anything for me at the hearing niether did appeal withing the 60 day piriod, so I hires another lawyer and he filed a appeal for good cause, we still waiting, in the mean time I file a new application and got deined, back in august got a letter saying thet I should get a letter soon for my hearing, but nothing yet in the mean time I’ve had 4 heart attacts and was Baker Act for trying to commit suicied.

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      You’re appealing a more than 10 year old case? Sounds tricky. I’m glad you are getting help. 

      • Guest

        You sound like an idiot who pretends to know but knows nothing,must of spent alot time in jail (jail-house lawyer)

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Hi Mike. I can tell by your other comment ( http://disq.us/5f3jdo ) that you are very frustrated with the system. Have you gotten a local lawyer involved in helping you with your case?

  • Lisa G.

    I had a hearing in August 2011. Recieved a decision from the judge right at the hearing and then 2 weeks later on September 16th I recieved the copy of his decision as fully favorable. It is now going on over 60 days since the hearing and I have heard nothing! How much longer is this going to take? Should I contact my lawyer?

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Well, 60 days post hearing doesn’t mean anything when it comes to processing benefits. The date of the hearing is not the significant event; the decision is. 

      While a judge may tell you what the decision will be and even enter in into the record, it’s the *paperwork* that’s important. Social Security cannot process benefits without a decision.

      You mention the decision was entered on 09/16/11. So you are 45 days from the date of the decision which isn’t very long when were are talking about average times for processing benefits. However, you are right around the time where I see benefits being paid out. So, hopefully you will see something soon. 

      However, go ahead and contact your lawyer to discuss how long it typically takes to process benefits in your area after the decision is issued. And congrats on winning Lisa!

      • Lisa G.

        Thank you! I was so glad I got the decision while I was sitting there! Contacted my lawyer today. Apparently the fee agreement that he signed was lost at the payment center and another one had to be sent. My lawyer still has NOT been paid! I am getting so angry! I hope this resolves soon!

        • Rick Hill

          Hello lisa I have a question maybe you could help me with please I received a letter that says we need more information to decide if we can pay you ssi could you tell me if you rececived the same or know what that means thanks..

  • freddy m

    ive been getting ssi benefits for 20 years,sense november 91 went to the ssa office on the 8th of this month and now i quilify for retirement social security and ssi. my question is, i have2 infant kids now, how far back will they quilify for, i get 424.00 a month social security one child is 30 months and the other is 15 months.i called the ssa and they said its in processing, how long should it take to hear back from them.i turned 62 in march of this year

    • freddy m

      oh yea i will start getting my monthy benefits in dec

  • Purpleb27

    I was denied SSDI twice now. The second time was admittingly done by not seeing the documents my attorney sent electronically. These docs included a letter from my doctor stating I am disabled. When I asked if they could reconsider their decision since they realized their error I was told “that is not how it works”.  So we are now waiting for a date to see a judge. In my letter explaining that it will take 9-12 months to have my day it stated they may decide my case in my favor, with out a hearing. My questions is….what is the likelyhood of that really happening?? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks   

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I don’t know your case so I really can’t say: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/11/i-have-can-i-win-my-social-security-disability-case/

  • Mike

    How does a politition (who stole 570,000.00) from tax payers get his ssd in 90 days and I ‘m here after almost 2 years and still waiting?

  • Doogie48084

    My freind and his Girlfriend are both disabled. he is getting full disability for  Parkinsons. He is young like Michael J Fox. They have 4 children of their own and she has 2 by a previous marriage.
    She applied and was awarded her  benefits. That was over 4 years ago. Our US senator has gotten involved. She has brain cancer and even the senator can not get the local office to break loose with the back payments or thier monthly checks.
    The local office has been playing games with them for over 4 years. They have had judgements in court that order SSI to pay up immediately.There seems to be no interest in morals or ethixs within this governmental body.
    They are wanting to take their kids to Disneyworld, but have no money. She will most likely not get to see the smiles of her children at Disney before she passes away.
    Nobody seems to care.
    They can not even afford a car anymore. They rely on family to get her to and from Doctor’s hospitals and treatments.This summer will be 5 years since she was awarded her benefits, but nothing has happened.

  • Girlsurreal1000

    What reasons could the social security agency withhold your backpay? What if you the couny pays for your medical & prescriptions do you owe them backpay when you win your ssd case?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I’m not sure if I know *all* the reasons why SSA might withhold backpay. Some of the reasons include paying attorney fees, owed child support, workers’ compensation offsets, Social Security overpayments. Benefits may also be reduced/recalculated based on earnings/gifts/awards etc during the disability period (SSI claims), or periods of incarceration or treatment in a public institution (state hospital) for more than 30 days.

      Most commonly, states provide “interim assistance” for individuals applying for SSI. The individual receives some monthly cash benefits which have to be repaid if SSI benefits are paid for the same months. There is typically a signed agreement that outlines how this works. An individual can also contact their local Dept of Social Services/Human Services for more information. 

      I personally have not seen back benefits automatically going to pay county medical bills or prescriptions. That’s not to say it is impossible. It would depend on the agreement signed. Usually, medical providers hope to be reimbursed by Medicaid (SSI) or Medicare (SSDI) if available. 

  • Eric A detel

    I have been on SSD for years now i recently added my stepchildren on NOv,9th december 7th it was entered into the computer at the local SSA office and waiting on payment center, any idea how long this admin step takes? thanks -Eric

    • eric detel

      this was auxilary claim for 3 children going 8 months retro because of date of marriage to my wife(needed to be married for 1 yr)

  • Greg

    Hi. Im 36 yrs old and had several corneal transplants to my right eye in the last three years. I had to stop working due to these surgeries and filed a disability claim through SSA. After the first year I was denied and hired an attorney. Since then I had a couple more surgeries in the same eye due to rejections. My SSA hearing date was March 24 2013. They didn’t make a decision at the hearing and wanted to obtain more information from my doctor which since has been given to the judge over a month ago. My doctor still says I can’t go to work. My attorney says we have to wait for an answer whenever that will be. My biggest question is, how long does it usually take to receive a yes or no answer after three months since the hearing? My attorney isn’t really telling me anything except keep on waiting. Im homeless but staying with a family friend, Im almost completely blind and can’t work. Im on NC state Medicaid and food stamps. I even had a friend type this for me because I cant see. Any professional advice? I feel completely hopeless and lost at this point, any advice, opinions, discussions, etc. would be greatly appreciated

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi Greg,

      The average time I see in Colorado is about 30 to 90 days to receive a decision. Your lawyer should be able to get a status from the hearing office such as “the decision is in writing” “waiting for final review” or “in mailing.”

      Good luck!

  • pain in TEXAS

    I recently won my appeals in federal court for disability, I go to my last hearing in aug. do you think I will win my case

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I hope so. What does your lawyer think of your chances?

  • Don Streaty

    i started receiving ssi in 2008 in 2012 they switch me to social security disability because it was found I had enough credits. Okay but in 2011 I had a overpayment I started paying back a 1oo out of my check each month and had a signed agreement to do so but when I was awarded back pay for social security disability they took all the overpayment from it off the top even tho I had a signed agreement to pay it back a 100 a month. THEY EVEN TOOK ALL THE PAST SSI MONEY I RECEIVED OUT OF MY BACK PAYMENT MONEY. IS THIS RIGHT?

  • disqus_ivE6WglIRP

    I won my disability case but because I live with a roomate who is Male (we are NOT married or in a relashinship like that) they denied me benifits who do I get help from to get benifits

  • sky

    I just received a letter saying that they choose me to be my son payee but at this time they cannot release any payment…..and the letter did not explain why what could be going on

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Social Security usually sends out several letters discussing benefits and when they will be paid out. So, if the first letter does not tell you what you need to know, there is usually another one coming soon. You can also call your local SSA office for more information on when the benefits will be released. Good luck!

  • camarogrl

    I lost my hearing case..Should I start over?My lawyer isn’t that great,and the judge didn’t list all of my medications,and he said he has no weight no what my doctor says because I only seen her for 3 months because my other doctor moved out of the area,I think appeals council wont help..Please help!!!

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hey, Camarogrl. It’s hard to say. Disability cases are very fact dependent; which means it is difficult to provide any kind of advice without seeing your file.

      Now, even if your lawyer did not wow you, he or she may still be in the best position to go over your options with you and discuss the pros and cons of each. You also can have someone else review your case file (which you will need to get from your current attorney) if you want a second opinion. Just keep in mind that any other lawyer will only be able to do a relatively brief review of your file.

      Good luck!

  • Evan Elam

    will i get my backpay in one lump some? do i have a choice?

  • latawnya simons

    Hey my hearing was November 13 2013 i called they said as soon as the judge finish my brief my letter will be mailed what is a brief? Ps i think my hearing went well

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I think they are referring to the decision.

  • Jay

    My hearing was in September, I received a fully favorable decision yesterday which I am pleased with. I am only eligible for SSI benefits. I also received a letter from Social Security office with an appointment day/time. Any advice on how to handle this appointment to get the maximum benefits?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      SSI benefits max out at $721 per month (that is the 2014 amount). The main thing that I see that reduces SSI is when a person is living rent free with a friend or family member. That can result in an automatic 1/3 reduction of benefits. However, a good faith rental agreement (even an informal one) showing what what the disabled person will pay once s/he receives his/her benefits (based on fair market value) can allow SSA to pay the full SSI benefits with no reduction. Note: a lot is up to the person at Social Security reviewing the agreement.

  • Perfekt

    I live with and sort of take care of my parents (both in their 80’s with poor health) and i’m 55. Having never been able to work because of daily vertigo for 35 years (may sound incredible but true) I applied for ssi. I have read about the 1/3 cut living with someone. will this effect me or will it in any way effect their ssi and ss benefits?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Yours? Possibly. Theirs? If they are in their 80s, they are probably on Social Security retirement, not Social Security disability, nor SSI.

      • Perfekt

        Yes they both receive a small ssi check.

  • Mike Joseph

    I was awarded for SSID and found disabled. I was given a lump some minus attorney fees. SS kept an extra 8k that I think is being held if my attorney applies for extra payment for expenses. I received the award about a month or maybe a little longer ago. What do I do about this money? How long will they hold it? I got the law firm after I was first turned down. I have all my medical records and sent it all to them. I can’t see them having much as far as expenses or extra expenses. Any idea how long it will take to get the extra money they kept back? Haven’t read of this happening to anyone else. They paid the attorney/firm their fee why are they holding that much money of mine?

  • Tiffany

    Do you have any idea what happens during the “editing” stage of the process? My mother’s attorney stated that “it” had been sent to “editing.”

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      The decision is a 6 to 12 page document reviewing the evidence, testimony and how the judge made his or her decision. The ‘editing’ stage is just that, editing a fairly long document to make sure it explains the judge’s position in the case.

      • Tiffany

        Ah, ok. Thank you so much for your help. :)

  • calvin

    I was sent a paper for supplemental. Apointment for benefits

  • Phalisha


  • cableman1377

    I received a fully favorable decision from SSA ODAR. Now I call and they say it is up for quality review. What does this mean?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      A quality assurance review someone gets to second guess the judge’s decision and maybe the decision will stay favorable and maybe it wont. If you have an representative, get in touch with him or her.

  • Troy R

    I have major medical issues,I am in my fifth appeal I think its quality review board its been three years wait,zero income,now review board its been about a year with them any quess at all how much longer also maybe its best to re apply,I have exausted any and all resourses

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I’m not sure what you mean by “5th appeal.” In many states the process goes like this. Application, denial, reconsideration request (appeal 1), denial, request for hearing (appeal 2), hearing, denial, request for review to Appeals Council (appeal 3), denial, District Court appeal (appeal 4), denial, Circuit Court of Appeals (appeal 5).

      If the Appeals Council did not deny the case, they sent the case back for another hearing, then appeal 4 would be appealing the 2nd hearing.

      Ultimately though, if you don’t know what else you can do, get help. Find a lawyer in your area to review your case and help you figure out where you are and what you can do.

  • jaylee

    once your told your approved for backpay and open account like they say can they say oops you get no money

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Social Security can reduce benefits based on a prior overpayment of Social Security benefits, tax debt, unpaid child support, workers’ compensation offset, period of incarceration during the disability period, among other reasons.

  • Troy

    I appreciate the advice I had a law firm rated the best take it on as in my social security case they bailed out on me after my meeting with odar and unfavorable desicion was made so I went at it alone I can not afforrd lawyer sold all I own,borrowed all I could,my law firm says if I still win they get money sad,

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      If a lawyer/firm drops a case after a denial because they no longer want to pursue the case, and claimant continues to pursue the case, and wins, the lawyer/firm does not get paid.

  • Troy

    Open for any advice of any sorts,the appeal law firm dont take cases by just words alone we all know that they took my appeal on bu facts facts alone slam dunk what I hear ,may be wrong its been a while but when I was seeing ALJ and vocational work specs both told me I can never work in todays job feild but still got unfavorable sure I missed alot of my medical appointments and co pays on meds ect had zero income zero,period ,health as i new is worse still trying though ,rescue mission wont accept me,18 plus meds,labs,GI,Primary,Infection specialist,and so much more to stay alive is overwhelming got more zero then before,better medical Insurance ,just got med-cal thru covered california,helps maybe thats a sighn help is here huh went to social security office still pending any way any advice thanks also sad being on this side a cripple worlds different.

  • Troy

    As in the law firm yes I find that weird they say ok its your turn u do the last battle if ya win we will be back later ,also want me to sighn paper not sure,also they sent me half of what was submitted odar medical records and the firm must off been overconfident at ALJ hearing because they on submitted partof the half med recs they should off sub all that was there all that was on record and legal so iI just dont know .

  • Troy

    I contacted a lawyer one I would have to pay u know free consultation,wow,they or she just looked thru a few pages of my medical records ,said well theres around 8 alone I see would get you on social security.then the price came I left.r

  • Troy

    Just throwing out some long awaited issues maybe I will get a few awnser,s maybe not but one things for sure I feel better because I already got a couple of much needed awnser,s I appreciate it.

  • Troy

    I have path to health welness here in california,use to have cmsp welfare so path to health got me 75 percent of my meds other half is otc over the counter I get zero of those,anyway a few days ago I get a letter in the mail says covered california med-cal is that med-cal and is it a sighne that just maybe since 2011 I may get help.I was in a coma and so much more almost all the way thru 2011, hospital sighned me up for social said I was done.

  • Troy

    If I am on medical real med-cal then I may very well just go into a convelesent hospital some sorts get my health and strenght up so I can better deal with all this and have a way better place to live,

  • Troy

    My current medical insurance would not work med-cal will.

  • christopher

    Hey there, I am a few questions as I am getting extremely worried I may have been denied, I have been denied twice.. and had my hearing, which I did have a lawyer for since my first time denyed. It has been nearly 30 months since my first denial. I had my hearing in front of the judge ago, and my lawyer said I did really good with all the questions, the secretary on the other side said that “no,there is no past jobs or future jobs I would be able to do with my disablitys. Okay well.. I had my hearing in front of the judge nine weeks ago, well TWO weeks ago the judges secretary contacting me via email saying something like, my case was being reviewed over by some attorneys “to make sure all the laws are right”.and she said this would only take 2 weeks, so I should be expecting some letter VERY SOON, but I am having horrible doubts, any knowledge of advice on what that might mean for my case?

  • Lori Sechrist

    i called social security this morning, and they told me the regional center made a decision on july 1st 2014, what do they mean they made a decision on july 1st 2014, i was told at my hearing on june 20th 2014 that i was fully favorable. and how soon should i expect my award letter after the regional center made a decision?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      The hearing judge decides if a claimant is disabled but not what benefits may be due. After the decision the case goes to a processing center (in SSDI cases) to determine the amount of back and ongoing (monthly) benefits. The award letters usually quickly follow the decision by the payment center.

      • Lori Sechrist

        this is 7/27/2014 and still have not gotten my back pay or the award letter yet, so right now 7/29/2014 will make 4 weeks. do you think it should come anyday now? i called them and the lady said that my letter should be coming anyday now, but still not sure what to think, my house goes into foreclosure by the end of this month, and i called my attorney and she just said i think it will all work out. not sure if she had gotten paid or not yet. but is making me very nervous cause there is only 4 days left of this month.

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Keep in mind the letters arrive about 10 days (at least out here in Colorado) after they are mailed from Maryland. However, with direct the deposit, the money will appear as soon as it is put in by SSA. So, keeping an eye on the bank balance is often what counts.

          • Lori Sechrist

            ok thank you Tom, i just didnt really know how long it has been taking indiana people to get their back pay, after being approved, couldn’t find anything on it.

          • Brandi

            Did you receive it yet Lori. Im praying for you.

          • Lori Sechrist

            yes i did brandi, after 2 long years of fighting for it i finally got iy!

      • Lori Sechrist

        i got it tom ty for all your help!

  • Amy

    My husband was won his hearing for a closed period and we found out on July 1st. An amount was listed when we called Local SS office but they still have to take out for lawyer and workers comp. We also set up for direct deposit. Is it safe to say we will have something by the end of July?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Done and cash in hand in 30 days? That may be a bit optimistic.

      • Amy

        What is more realistic? We have already set up a meeting for my daughter because she was awarded also and that is at the beginning of Aug. Would the middle of Aug be more realistic? We were told the attorney fees have been deducted but the comp offset has not yet.

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Your attorney is in a better position to estimate processing times in your area.

          • Amy

            Ok, thanks!

  • Mysodycan

    I absolutely cannot believe that one who applies for SSI or SSD has to wait perhaps years to get a decision & cannot collect cash assistance from the state of PA. I met a woman who clearly is disabled & was being evicted from her apt who has been waiting a year all without any cash assistance. She has no family whatsoever & friends have been paying her rent for her until recently because they cannot do it anymore. She gets $189.00 in food benefits a month & medical….Where is she to go without cash? I am sure there are many more like her. It is an atrocity especially because when I contacted the welfare office via the web site the first thing they say is how they are ‘dedicated’ to helping those in need. To bad they only help if one is pregnant or have children. This lady doesn’t have anyone. I have taken her in my home but, I can’t afford to support her financially….What is our world coming to ?

  • Nadine

    I just called caseworker, he said he closed my case and i should receive letter in 2-3 weeks. Can not tell me over the phone if approved or not. Is this a good sign or not?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Neither. Can you tell what the outcome is from what they told you? I can’t either. SSA doesn’t let on what the decision is, so just knowing there is a decision isn’t a good or bad sign. It just means the decision is on it’s way.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hey Nadine. I edited the earlier reply. Re-reading it, it just sounded grouchy and that wasn’t my intention. You have been through a lot. I just meant that there was not enough information to tell what Social Security intends to do. All my best!

      • Nadine

        No need to apologize – I did not take it that way….It’s just been a long hard road and I want some light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks for your input.

      • Nadine

        If I go on-line and log in on Social Security will it show my approval or denial letter???? Thanks for your input

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Once the decision is entered, it is available online through the Social Security appointed representative ERE system. However, only representatives who are signed up with the ERE system have access. So, what this means is the attorney, or non-attorney rep, may be able to get the decision online once it is submitted. But that is only for the final decision, not a draft or pending decision (so it isn’t a sneak peak). Since the paper decision arrives around 5 to 10 days after the decision is entered, the only benefit is being able to see the decision before the paper copy arrives. And because of the security hoops SSA imposes, it’s something of a hassle to keep checking the site to see if a decision has been entered. Representatives will do it, but often only if asked.

          • Nadine

            Again, Tomasz thank you for your wisdom, I guess I just have to sit tight and wait. Again, many thanks

  • Debbie

    Hi Tom,

    I applied for SSDI back on Oct. 2011. I have gone through two denials and a hearing before a ALJ on June 5, 2014.

    I called the ODAR office yesterday and the person there said my record is closed that my paperwork has been sent to a central printing center and that I should receive my letter and lots of paperwork in 5-10 days.

    What is the difference between a central print facility and a central processing center? I was confused and was hopefully looking for that key word, “processing center” as I’ve read where you said a denial does not go a processing center. But was confused as to what a central PRINTING center is.
    Please give me your thoughts…

    Thank you,


    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Printing just mails out the notices. Processing processes SSDI benefits if a case is approved (SSI benefits are processed by the local SSA office).

      In Colorado, it takes about 10 days to get a letter from central printing. The notice may be dated the 1st, the postmark is often dated the 5th, and the letter actually arrives on the 10th. In short, it take a while to get things from central printing.

      However, if a decision is issued (and it is issued if it has gone to printing), there is an electronic copy in the file and your attorney should be able to log in and get the decision. That can save a claimant some time waiting for the letter to arrive to see whether SSA has approved the claim or not. Good luck Debbie!

  • Debbie

    Hey Tom,

    Thanks so much for the info. As you know this is all so stressful.
    I am 58 years old and have worked all my life with a creditable work record. I will soon be 59.
    I was diagnosed with degenerative disc and facet disease of the entire spine now back in 2002. Of course it has progressed over the years and I have slipped and herniated discs and spinal stenosis and lateral recess stenosis. I take pain medication, muscle relaxers, anxiety meds, and shots every 3 months as the pain is awful. As you know the pain medicine makes you groggy and hard to concentrate.
    My doctor of 25 years completed a favorable RFC form for me. I also had X-rays, MRI’s along with my doctors notes to confirm the info on the RFC form.
    I have worked in an office environment my entire life and as a second job at times I worked at a deli in a grocery store. So my limitations are very limited as is on my RFC form.
    Although the ALJ that did my hearing has a very low percentage rate on approvals, I’m in West Virginia, my attorney said I won my case.
    But of course there is a slight shadow of doubt with his low percentage rate on approvals.
    It’s now been 45 day’s since my hearing and the ALJ has made a decision.
    What is your opinion as an attorney on my case. Do you think it’s a favorable outcome based on the info? There was also a VE there that said there was no jobs for me.
    Again thank you so much, this process truly takes a toll on a person.

    Thank you,

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      From what you describe, it sounds good. I can’t make an real opinion here. I haven’t seen the file and I wasn’t at the hearing. But, I really don’t see any reason to doubt what your attorney is telling you.

      • Debbie

        Thanks again Tom for all your help. You’ve really taken some pressure off my mind.
        Have a great work week!!

    • George

      I just Received a notice About my SSI Estimated Earning and SSDI estimated Earnings does that mean that i will soon be approved or i have been approved?

      Estimated Benefit at Full
      Retirement age (66 and 4 months):

      $1,904 a month

      View Estimated Benefits

      Last Reported Earnings:

      $161 in 2012

      You have worked enough credits to qualify for disability benefits.
      If you become disabled right now your estimated payment would be:

      $2,057 a month

      View Earnings Record


      • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

        That sounds like a Social Security Earnings Statement. 2 sheets, front and page, 4 pages total, the part quoted in on page 2?

  • lofasza

    I got a letter form the division of disability determination. I am sending it back to them un opened and giving my house away to a family member and walking into the desert. My condition is not going to improve and I also do not want to deal with the garbage that the SSDI is.

    • tony greene

      see ya

  • lofasza

    Approval letter means you have been approved to wait longer and approved to deal with more screw ups and mistakes.

  • Diane

    I applied for my son back in april for ssi because he is disabled well he was denied so i appealed the case and he got approved…now its july 2014 and i just had my phone interview this past monday.. So now im waiting for the award letter and i was just wondering when and how long will it be to recieve that letter.. I am in north carolina.. Thanks in advance..

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      It shouldn’t be to long assuming there are no complications. Sometimes the state needs to be paid back for benefits they paid out. Otherwise it may be a few weeks.

  • Diane

    I have a quick question if my son was approved on july 17 will he get a check for that month and In august??

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Approximate processing times for benefits range from 30 to 90 days after the decision. If a person is approved mid July, I would not expect benefits would start by August. It’s possible, but I would not count on it.

  • Diane

    Thank you..

  • worriedsick

    I went to my hearing in april and was told my the alj that she was going to approve it. Even tho i still havnt received my awards letter i was told i would more than likely qualify for ssi but only for a short while until my ssd was awarded. How will this work? Also how does the hearing office send my info after the alj has signed it to my local office and ssd? Do tgey fax it or mail it?

  • worriedsick

    I had my hearing in april. The alj said at my hearing she would approve me. Its been over 90 days and its not in final editing with the alj. Its been at that point for a month now. I was yold by ssi i would more than likely qualify gor ssi until i received my ssd. How does thaf work? Also how does the hearing office send my stuff to my local office and the ssd office once the alj signs it? Do they fax it or mail it or how does that work? Its been a long process and ive had to cancel cancer app bc i couldnt afford to go. School starts next week and im a single mom and worried sick. My son has always had everything he needed for school but this year i dont know how thats gonna happen. Last year when school started i still had money in savings and 401k but thats long gone and i can barley keep my head above water.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      The hearing office is part of the Social Security system and they are tied into the same computer systems. Once a decision is inputed into the system, the local office can get to work on processing the SSI benefits.

  • worriedsick

    I just noticed that your not in alabama so you may not be able to answer my questions and i totally understand.

  • Sleepless

    I’ve spent many sleepless nights reading your replies so I know you can’t really help me. I guess I’m just releasing stress…I had my hearing in front of the ALJ about 2 weeks ago. I suffer from Lupus(SLE), Fibro, PTSD (from a violent sexual assault) & panic disorder with agoraphobia.and severe photosensitivity to uv rays. Of course many other health issues go along with my lupus. The ALJ started the hearing by asking me if I’d lost a lot of weight. I’m not sure how she knew but I’ve lost 80 pounds in about 7 months. She seemed concerned about that. She asked me many questions. The VE said no to past work & yes to first set of hypothetical questions. The ALJ asked numerous other hypos after that & all were answered by no. The ALJ smiled & said I would receive her decision in 4-6 weeks. My lawyer felt my answers were accurate with my medical records, but says I only have a 50/50 chance because I’m 35 years old. The lawyer also said she had never seen a judge “do the lawyers job for them” not sure what that meant…
    My psych dr sent in a great medical source statement in my favor so hopefully that will help. I’m hoping for the best but expecting the worst. My ALJ has a 29% approval rate. Any thoughts about any of this? Thanks for reading!

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      The approval rate is disappointing, but all the other descriptions make it sound good (especially your comment that the lawyer said the judge did all the work for him/her). That is usually a very good sign. Good luck!

      • Sleepless

        Thanks for your reply. I found out that the ALJ made a decision the day after my hearing. I’m not sure if a quick decision is good or not. KY requires ALL decisions to go through a decision writer regardless if it’s approved or denied. It’s killing me knowing a decision is made, but I’m still waiting.

  • bam bam

    I have a lawyer at thr hearing on july 15 ,2014. The judge found me disable at that time. How long would I get the AJL letter in the mail ?

  • bam bam

    Can you be on ssi and also be someone payee representative ?

    • david


  • worriedsick

    I called the ss hotline today and they sent a letter to the hearings office stating my case has been with them over 90 days waiting for a decision. He said they would contact me within 10 days letting me know exacalky what was going on and the complete statues of my decision. Whatt are your thoughts on that?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      In a prior comment you mentioned you have a lawyer. Have him/her call the hearing office to check the status. You may not like the answer (mostly because it wont be very specific). Lawyers and hearing office staff often have good working relationships and can find out if there is an unusual problem delaying the decision.

      • worriedsick

        i have ask my lawyer more than once aftedays were up to check the statues for me. i always speak with his asst and her reply is always the same. ” I cant tell you anything or check anything until the decision is done” she wont check for me. so i called over two weeks ago and ask for my lawyer himself to call me bc i cant get anything out of her. not only do i want the statues but i also wanted someone to explain to me how the ssi would work bc i wasnt aware that we applied for both and ssd told me i would recieve some ssi for the months i didnt receive ssd. I am disabled due to domistic voilance and the guy who broke my back is now in prison and responsable for all medical bills. Ssi told me i would qualify for medicade for a very short time and that they would back up and pay all medical bills. I wanted to know how that would work or what i needed to do since he is responsible for all my medical bills. I understand its a long process and im 25 so there is alot i dont understand about ssi or ssd bc i hadnt planned those to be my future.

  • tina

    Hello, can you please tell me, what kind of items will be deducted from a closed period settlement: i.e. back taxes, workers comp that already accepted a reimbursement payment from a past law suit, food stamps, or state funded insurance during the closed period?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Common items are back taxes, overpaid Social Security benefits, back child support, state interim assistance, some private long term disability benefits, and workers’ compensation offset. However, Social Security will have to figure out the actual deductions applicable in the particular case.

      • tina

        I ment to say thank you

  • tony greene

    Fully favorable with onset date of 7/1/12…any idea as to how many months I may be entitled too. BTW just recvd FF letter today..8/15/14.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Assuming there is no attempted return to work, period of incarceration, period of hospitalization, you need to know 3 things to estimate the number of back benefit months:
      – type of Social Security (DIB or SSI)
      – protected filing date
      – Social Security approved onset date

      You provide the SSA approved onset date, but not other two.

      • tony greene

        Letter states enough work credits approved and claimant has acquired sufficient coverage to remain insured thru 12/31/17. Nothin on letter in wording ” protected filing date”.

  • Huggs

    my friend has a medical condition that qualified her for full disability 8/1/2012. Unfortunately she did not have enough work credits, so she was awarded nothing. She was also denied SSI benefits. This is the month that Medicare kicks in for her or suppose to anyway. Since Medicare payments are taken out of the SSD monthly I do not believe that she will receive Medicare, which she needs for her medical condition. She only receives SNAP and no other benefit. She was basically living on the streets until I made her come live with me. She does not work at all. I do not work because I am also 100% disabled. What should we expect? Medicare with us paying the $600 or so a year for coverage? Or nothing again. Thanks for your reply

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I understand why she was denied SSDI/DIB if she did not have enough work credits. Fortunately, SSI does not require having enough, or any, work credits. However, as a “program of last resort” SSI does consider any other sources of income. Why was your friend denied SSI if SSA decided she was disabled?

      • huggs

        DCF told us she didn’t qualify for Medicaid because she didn’t have any children under 18 living in the home, she was not pregnant and she does not have end stage HIV/AIDS. Supposedly SSI goes under the same qualifications in Florida as Medicaid benefits. In Florida, if Medicaid denies, they deny SSI. She does not have any sources of income whatsoever. She just filed for SNAP again, for qualifying, and once again we have checked the Medicaid and SSI boxes. We’ll keep checking these boxes until someone hears us. I don’t know what else to do. My disability only goes so far.

      • huggs

        PS – Colorado Springs is beautiful. We were there 2 months ago to move my army kids home for good.

  • Odeezy Liita


    I was approved by the ALJ and mailed my Fully Favorable decision letter 40 days after the hearing. I am only eligible for SSDI as I am a disabled veteran who is 100% service-connected. I do not have representation so I don’t owe any fees, and don’t owe anything to any other agency. I am eligible for 2 years of back pay and 10 months of retro. It’s been 31 days since receiving my ALJ decision letter, SSA keeps saying my claim is at the payment processing center and to not call them back until 60 days. For some reason I feel like something has gone wrong and I’ll NEVER get paid :( … I know I’m just catastrophizing but that sure is how it feels after dealing with the VA & SSA for over 3 years now.

    My question is, how much longer do you anticipate before they release the payment? The local SSA rep said that they hadn’t “started on it yet” when i spoke with her the other day and to call back if i hadn’t received anything within the next 30 days. I was born in a different state than the one I’m currently in, which is on the other side of the nation…so does that take longer…even though everything is supposedly electronic??? Will i get a lump sum payment AND THEN start getting monthly benefits…or will i start getting monthly bennies and wait another 60 days for backpay???

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I wouldn’t worry. Getting the DECISION is the hard part. Everything after that is automatic (usually). If SSA is saying they haven’t gotten to it, well, that sucks, but it is not necessarily a bad sign. Take it at face value. It may just mean, they really have not gotten to processing the benefits. I tell most of my clients that it will usually take anywhere from 30 to 90 days after the hearing decision to get the benefits started. If you are at day 31, you are just at the beginning of when you might begin to expect benefits to be processed. SSDI benefits are processed by a regional payment center and they handle both back benefits and ongoing monthly benefits. Usually, both are released at the same time (unless there is some re-payment issue or other problem). Hang in there and make sure SSA has your current address AND the the right bank account info for the direct deposit.

    • tony greene

      I hear ya pain with dealing with the wait and the whole VA dysfunctional archaic process. I was FF decision after being denied. However, judge saw my VA records from current VA and immediately approved me with no hearing. I’m in Florida. So, since I was primarily destitute with family and waiting on decision, I was initially given SSI backpay from state of Florida and then received 21 months of SSDI backpay as well..

      Just hold on, brother. you’ll get what’s due. If you can survive the VA process, this should be a cakewalk.

  • anna

    What If I been fully approved and am awaiting my back pay,can I move out of state and receive the allocated amt?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk
      • anna

        Thank you for your quick response. I mainly want to know if my back pay will remain the same since Florida has more contingent protocols. Moreover, I sent my rental agreement (for proof that I need the higher income to live). Consequently, they stated I was awarded ($634). Is it too late for reconsiderationrecalculation?

        • anna

          California allows state supplemental check not to exceed $970. (So I’m short $340)? Problem now is that I’m being asked to go to s.d. to take rental lease in person)and I’m in Florida this may delay matters. I wanna end up transferring here but I was told to wait! I’m sad, mad & very confused! I just do not wanna lose out on Backpay (24g’s))

      • anna

        Thank you for your read. I did receive check for $634 yesterday(for Sept. 1st). But, S.S.A. told me their reconsidering the amt due to proof of rental agreement and monies owed for past two years for rent etc. Is it still possible they’ll retro the ($336 difference) for Back Pay & for this first check $634.? Calif. monthly max is $970.
        Thank you for your wisdom and swiftness.

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          So, it sounds like they applied the 1/3 reduction first (read up on the 1/3 reduction rule here – plain English, I promise! http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-living-ussi.htm) and now they are reconsidering that and may put the 1/3 back in.

          That could include the back months (which could significantly increase the amount of back benefits). However, you know what they say about counting your chickens….

          Colorado doesn’t bump up the SSI amount beyond the federal benefit rate, so I don’t know if the additional money from the state would also be retroactively applied. It would make sense if it were increased. However, I don’t know because I don’t see that here in Colorado. Cheers Anna!

  • vincent

    i lost my old w2’s and pay stubs, iv’e been out of work since 2007, what do i need to do? if anything, the alj judge awarded me ssi

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      After the judge decides is a person is disabled, benefits have to be processed. Social Security will be in touch if additional information is needed.

  • jay

    hello I was wondering what does it mean when your claim status says hold is that good or bad. When they say a decision has been made but claim status is on hold

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      That is one I have never heard before.

  • George

    i applied for SSDI using the QDD and each time i call SS office they say that my application is on QDD(Quick Disability Determinate)it has been like this for over 4 months and 2 weeks now and they keep saying the timing is 4 months few days back they said they were sending me a letter for CE does it mean i will soon be approved?

  • George

    I applied for SSDI and it on In QDD now i have been schedule for CE,If i pass CE how long is it going to take for e to receive a hearing approval or denial

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Are you at the hearing level or the initial decision/reconsideration? Frankly, I wonder if this case is would still be in the QDD fast-track process if a CE was scheduled. I could be, but I wonder. At the initial/reconsideration stages, it might take 30 to 120 days (1 to 4 months) after a CE to get a decision. At the hearing level, it depends on the average waiting period for that hearing office and when the appeal was filed: http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/01_NetStat_Report.html

      • George

        i passed QDD but my SSDI was denied please can someone explain to me why ?

  • Anna Ruiz

    Do you know if it’s mandatory to show up in person at SSA office with verification requested by the SSA for your final reconsideration of your amount/increase &/or denial to your Federal SSI monthly amt.? What are the exceptions. I’m in a different State with friend with Leukemia for a few days. I’m scared too even tell them that! Please help someone if you happen to know. Thanks so much.

    • Anna Ruiz

      I’m speaking about the (additional)State Supplemental check that yes some States do not offer. Thanks anna.

  • George

    do i have to wait for SSA to refer me for CE or i have to request for it as i have applied for 5 months now and not CE referred

  • tina

    Hello, I got a fully favorable desicion for a closed period (cp). I was wondering how they pay this type of claim. I saw that back payments are broken up in 6 month payments for people receiving on going payments. Does the same thing apply to CPs? Also is the timeline for payment of CP settlements the same as back pay?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      In my experience, back benefits are paid the same way in closed period case as in an “on-going” disability case. So, SSA still splits up back SSI benefits and pays those in installments.

      • tina

        Oh I was hoping you wouldn’t say that :( oh well it is what it is. Thanks for the response.

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Whether Social Security uses installments for back SSI benefits depends on the amount of back benefits http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/02/i-won-my-ssi-case-now-they-want-to-pay-me-in-installments/

          • tina

            If you are ineligible for SSI benefits and are likely to remain ineligible for the next 12 months (for example, if you are only entitled to back SSI benefits because you are also receiving Disability Insurance benefits under Title II and the monthly amount exceeds the monthly SSI benefit payment. 42 U.S.C. § 1383(a)(10)(C).
            If I understand this correctly, it say if I am not going to receive ssi in the coming year I’m exempt from the payment policy. Correct?

          • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

            The installment payment of back benefits only applies to SSI back benefits. SSDI (aka Title 2, DIB) back benefits are paid outright.

            If a person is not eligible for SSI, the SSI installment payments are a non-issue (because the person isn’t getting SSI).

            HOWEVER… SSI and SSI benefits are processed separately and at different offices. Sometimes SSA processes SSI benefits first, pays those, then figures out that SSDI benefits would make the individual ineligible for SSI, This results in a reduction of the SSDI benefits (by the same amount paid in SSI benefits). This situation could result in the application of an SSI installment plan, and also reduction of back benefits to pay back state interim assistance benefits (which are paid only out of SSI back benefits).

            I don’t have a solution to this though.

          • tina

            Lol well they make it as clear as mud, don’t they. Thank you for your help, you a great resource, I have looked all over the web and found nothing definitive.

      • tina

        Although I am not getting on going payments im not disabled anymore, is it still the same?

  • Amelia

    Is it possible for someone to be determined eligible for SSDI based on a mental disability but then have a lawyer later have that changed? Would there still be a record of the initial disability if that is possible to change? Or if they were initially approved for a mental disability but then later try to claim they never had said disability i.e. bipolar, is that fraud? Thanks.

    • FallenInkedAngel88

      yes I was approved in 4 months for anxiety disorder (social phobia)

  • Alizah

    Hello Tomasz,
    My SSDI case was sent to the Appeals Council 14 months ago and I have called to check the status and I was told that it is “pending”. I have sarcoma (cancer) which I grow tumors in my hands and I have had numerous surgeries to have the tumors removed which has left me partially paralyzed and disfigured in my hand. Well I am a classically trained pastry chef and using my hands is what I did for my livelihood. In my AJ decision the Career Specialist said that I could still work but they were not present at my hearing so can they influence or have input on my decision?. Also, I have developed more cancerous tumors in my other hand and I am in the process of getting treatment. Should I send my medical records that contain my new medical treatment and diagnosis in to the Appeals Council? and will it help my case favorably?. How long can I expect to continue to wait for a decision from the Appeals council?. Thank you for answering all of my questions.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi Alizah. You have a lot of questions pertaining to the specific circumstances of your case. If you don’t have a lawyer involved, I encourage you to talk to someone in your area. One service that can help you find a qualified attorney is http://www.nosscr.org/helping-you/referral-service

  • MsTy

    Hi Tomaz,
    I recently had a hearing on 9/4/2014 and already the judge has sent my file to the local office from which it originated. So when I called the local office the status is pending……what does this mean? Is there another decision to be made after leaving the ALJ??

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      The local office usually does not want to disclose the decision. However, yes, there is still more to be done after the the judge’s approval. Take a look at the post above.

  • Amelia

    Ok I will try asking this again b/c I don’t know if I didn’t something incorrectly the last time…

    Is it possible for someone to be determined eligible for SSDI based on a mental disability but then have a lawyer later have that changed? Would there still be a record of the initial disability if that is possible to change? Or if they were initially approved for a mental disability but then later try to claim they never had said disability i.e. bipolar, is that fraud? Thanks.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I encourage you to speak to a lawyer in your area to address your specific concerns.

      • Amelia

        ok thanks. I am just trying to find answers to what is and isn’t fraud at the moment. I thought someone might know here. Thanks!

  • jayw

    Had a hearing on 9/11 bipolar with type 1 uncontrolled l5 s1 back injury 40 yr old be said no work in economy to judge and then to attorney have 6% permanent back injury and couple othermental things wats my chances thanks

  • Donna

    Hi, I have been waiting to go before the judge and finally this past september I did, my ? is I was looking for work and I found a job the day before I was found fully favorable would it be wise for me to forget the job I wouldnt want to endanger my decsion

  • Whispers Ro-Closet

    my son has ADD ADHD and ODD and i called today and they said by the end of the month i should hear something, that its in the last phase under a quaility review…what does this mean…very confused

  • Sherri

    I do not have an accout, how will I get my ssdi payments? Does this cause delays?

    • john

      we went to Wells Fargo and they gave us an account with our awards letter and absolutely no money and the ssi chump check got automaticly deposited.

  • john

    we won a fully favorable decision 3 months ago we got 1111 as a monthly check amount after the evauluation. Do we got the 9500 in back pay for ssi or is it welfare that we have to pay back,wich is what the social security office in charge of paying back payments of ssi.3 months and no response and no back payment of ssi just a letter saying we won ssi,no money are they ripping us off and what can we do. Or representive says there is no limit to how long they can take and no recorse if they never pay us and there is absolutely nothing they can do about it. Our attorney has already been payed. What do we do?

  • john

    well there is no answer I suppose you resond whenever and don’t know the answer anyway this is a worthless waste of my time thanks a lot. If I seem like I’m pissed its because we fought for nothing,1111 is chump change that won’t resque us from the mess we got in by becoming disabled. Got a masters degree and payed plenty in and now they are flat ripping us off. it is after all the back pay that matters when your homeless

  • Kathy Tracy

    judge approved me in court 1 month ago never got a letter they say money may be in bank before letter????

    • Kathy Tracy

      judge approved it but another dept is writing the letter????

      • tony greene

        My own experience: FF letter dated 9/6/14 after 7/30/14 hearing that didn’t have to sit through. During this time between 7/30-9/6 is time it took for writing center to send packet of roughly 16 pages that gives laws, precedence and judges decision based on “5 criteria”. Received SSDI backpay and SSI backpay for current year since state of florida determined I was disabled. Received 1st scheduled payment and SSDI backpay nearly one week after the other.
        In meantime, make sure your own banking info is added to SSA system while you wait..

        • Kathy Tracy

          thanks! my hearing was sept 30 the judge said i won!!! lawyer also but im still waiting!!! went to social security they do have correct banking information

          • Kathy Tracy

            so by your answer it should be soon!!!!!

  • Marquintiz Mcfarland

    I got approved for my son ssi october 10,2014 I already had did my interview I called today october 30 to check the status the local office said its in review for benefit amount to be paid. How long is this process? How long do I have to wait to get first check

  • Jeemy Manford

    I was found Fully Favorable for SSDI on 10/17/2014. My Social Security Online status just changed and said I would get my first payment on !2/03/2014, and every 3rd of the month thereafter. When I called 1-800-772-1213, I was told I couldn’t receive back pay until AFTER receiving my first deposit on 12/03. Then my back pay would come sometime within 6 weeks after. Now I also had a call from a payment center about 2 weeks ago asking for direct deposit information and was told I should receive my back pay in about 2 weeks, which is about now. My question is: What is most likely to happen regarding back pay? Thanks in advance for helping!

  • FallenInkedAngel88

    I got approved in 4 months without a judge!!

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Congtats! I wish everyone could get their disability claims resolved that quickly!

  • FallenInkedAngel88

    Im only 26 years old and disabled wtf!!!

    • lizzy

      Can I ask what your disability is? I’m in the process and its not easy.. Trying to stay hopeful

  • FallenInkedAngel88

    I was told I would have my money 5 to 7 business days!! it’s only been 4 days. So ssd told me I didnt even need a lawyer. They are getting 20% an they didnt even do anything!! Didnt even hear one word from the lawyer for the whole 4months!!

    • tony greene

      You should get a letter asking if you agree with representative payout from your claim.

  • kia

    Hello I’m 32 years old and I applied for disability on August 12th, I was sent to a CE on Oct 23rd, I have depression and anxiety and I also have high blood pressure. I do have a lawyer but she keeps telling me their waiting on a decision,do you think I will be awarded this time

  • james

    I finally received my award.letter. fully favourable.. Will child support take out all my back pay? @2100.00 also how can I add my 7 year old daughter on as beneficiary..

    • tony greene

      Someone from SSDI dept will get in touch with you IF you have your child on paperwork as dependent.

    • Lynette Place

      After you received your letter of fully favorable , how long did it take for you to receive a check ?

  • jj

    Hi my daugher and I went to a hearig to see the judge and she has anxiety and depression. And she she has a mental disorder and adhd and she is on four different medication she is 13 years old the decision has been made and it is with the judge in editing so is she ae to be approved for this?

  • Marilyn

    My attorney contacted me November 25, 2014 and said the judge was granting SSI but not SSDI and said it paid back to February 2014 if I would accept that. I accepted and it went to the writing department December 1, 2014. I still haven’t recived my letter. How long before I get the letter and start getting paid and receive back pay?
    I live in Columbia, SC

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Your lawyer is in a better position to give you an estimate of how long things take in your part of the country.

  • kaslots1

    what does it mean when I was told I was approved but it is being processed with the medical part.

  • Mslou

    I had my hearing yesterday, I called today to ask if they had an approx time that I should hear anything. I was shocked when they told me that a decision was made and my file was in Baltimore. Does this mean I am approved or denied? Or do all cases go to Baltimore?

  • FurKids

    I applied for SSDI and SSI the end if July 2014.
    Mid December 2014 I received a letter stating I am denied benefits.
    Today, 01/13/2015, I received a phone call from the local SSA office wanting to discuss my case. The lady said they need more information. I have an appointment Friday 01/15/2015.
    What could this mean?

  • Brenda

    I received my back pay but I haven’t received my award letter it’s been over a week..does that sound right

    • Lynette Place

      How long after you received your decision letter did it take you to receive your check and back pay?

  • LadyB

    My 3 year old son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Aug. 2014. After he was seen by ssdi doctors on 1/9/14 I got a call 3 days later saying he is being approved for up to 6 months until a decision is made…. what does that mean? She also told me that I should expect his first check within 7-10 business days….then I got a packet with payee info in it and a lot of technical jibber-jabber but no approval or actual payment information. What does that mean?

  • Diana Gray

    Hi I whent to my hearing and the judge ask the case worker if light work in all work places available for me she said no. My lawyer told me they don’t do that but he did in my case. He by this I got it. Now I got a letter say I need to call if not I will be unable to get it. Has any one been done like this?

  • Sabrina Steavpack-Clocksin

    I was approved for SSD in July 2014 because of back injuries, I’ve been told that I have to wait two years to be able to get medical. why is that?

  • KLei Stockton

    I applied for SSD July 2014 and just got a call back January 23rd. Is that a good sign at all? It was an agent calling to check the status of my healing process. I was in a bad wreck where I broke my arm (compound fracture) broke my hip (resulting in wheelchair for months) and my right lung collapsed. Do I have a good chance here??

  • jeff

    Hello so I submitted disability application in Oregon in November 2014. I got a call last week saying I am approved and for how much. Haven’t received any letters from social security. Then I call today and they say on January 9,2015 my info was sent to special review. Does that mean I won’t get approved now? They say I cant call for any more info until March 10,2015

  • chris

    i have a question. I applied for ssdi back in sept 14. I got hurt at work that has made me disabaled. I called and in jan 15 the lady told me that it had went to quality control. I wouldn’t find anything else out until march 15. no one has told me that I was or approved or denied. could anyone help me on this? I suffer from anxiety and depression and buldging disc in my back and loss of my prophicial vision.

    • tom

      I just was approved for my SSDI for almost the same exact thing.. I got a call from them telling me I was approved but still no letter or anything or payments for that matter.. took me 9 months..

    • eileen

      your problem sounds like mine. they cut my check down to 750.00 a month because i was getting workman’s comp. the place i worked also has long term disability. I just got a letter from the LTD, saying I was over payed, because they think I got 6 months worth of ssi but I haven’t, all i got was the $750.00. So this month I am getting no money. Talk about depression and anxiety.

  • Angelia Wilds

    What does it mean when they tell you your case is at the writers and now being edited? After the edit is it usually fast when you get your letter?

  • brenda

    my lawyer has gotten paid from social secruity but i’m still waiting

  • Guest

    I went to law judge for ssi and yesterday I got a bill from lawyer for medical records. Why did I get a bill am I approved

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Expenses (e.g. cost of records) are often separate from legal fees and payable whether a client wins or loses. Check your fee agreement to see what is says about expenses.

  • guest

    Will the approval of both SSI and SSDI reduce the amount that I would have got if i only had SSDI?

  • Heidi

    my claim was in medical status on the social security site, it has now changed to a decision has not been made as of today(does not say anything about medical like it did before) What does this mean? I filed for SSDI back on Sept. 10th, does this mean it is out of medical and a decision has been made? Would it say denied if not approved? Is this a good? Could it be approved and they sent back to calculate benefits? Thanks ahead of time for your response. Anxiously awaiting as out of work and no funds and getting worried.

    • AJ

      Hello. We’re you approved? My status just changed like yours did.


  • Vee

    Hello Everyone I am 25 Years Old Once i have applied for SSI back On June 21,2011 Its been almost Three Years now waiting on my Decisions, i have already been approved for my Medicare but i have not received my card yet to start going to the doctors and getting looked over and things,i recently injured my foot and that i am still in pain until this day. i called my social worker to let them know the updates for the profile. and they also have my back information. so when i logged on to my account i saw a wad of cash in there. So i am wondering is the Pre approval of the approval? and then last week I Called and ask how long will it take to start receiving my SSI. and he told me 10-19 months? So A person with Health Problems Wait This long to be approved? also i have been moved from my social workers 3 times now i have whole new one again. they moved from the one that was closer to my home To Myler’s Disablity

  • Danielle

    Friday I recieved a call from social security. The caseworker asked to have a phone conference and that it looks like they have reached a determination on my daughters case. Do they call you if your approved or declined?

    • Tom

      I just got a call the other day to come in for an interview but the woman told me I was approved for SSDI benefits over the phone.

  • mike

    I won SSI benefits after having to go to court. I received one check then was told my wife makes to much money and I would not ‘ve receiving any more payments. I had a change in household and wife’s income within a few months and social security then told me I had to apply over again. Why do I have to ‘re apply? My wife’s income was never salaried and isn’t the same month to month. I just don’t know why I have to start over after waiting years only to win in court.

    • Letter Head

      Hi sounds similar to what I am going thru – contact your congressman. How did it turn out for you? I won after court, got 8 months lies sending me away, Congressman made them properly do case for 14K back bennie. That was officially 11/14. Now, July 2015 separated, divorced Sept, ex husband’s income was the reason for no SSI, and they claim they closed it against POMS rules, telling me to start AGAIN when I already won by judge. Congressman again involved. Also received a letter days ago claiming a fictitious “phone meeting” that never took place and “we informally found you ineligible for SSI’ — NEVER HAPPENED! 10/29 worker tried to cram Re-Applying down throat, refused him, so they made up letter! purpose seems to be claim I need to reapply and allow them chance to nix my first award by judge 2 years ago that they tried to screw me out of! Same move from former office last year at the 8 months of stalling mark “reapply” which I refused — If you do it, your prior win is negated! Totally amazing fraud going on these days, this is two separate SSA offices in Oklahoma doing these things above.

  • TFYT

    how much should i receive married 2 kids wife makes about 1550 a month I’ve never worked because of my agoraphobia I live in ohio

  • CC

    My sister applied for SSI in 2012. She was denied three months later. In May 2012 she applied again but for SSDI and was again denied. In July 2014 she hired an attorney from RI (she lives in CT). The attorney apparently tried to file for her but she was denied again. Tried a second time and again denied. Then hadn’t hear from the attorney for 3 or 4 months. She decided to call Disability group in CT and spoke with a representative who took down all her information. He called her back in two days and told her that he had called SSA who then directed him to call the Bridgeport, CT SSA office. He made the call and was advised that my sister had been approved for SSDI in December of 2012. He called my sister the next day and they arranged a three way conference call. The Social Security representative told my sister that she had, indeed, been approved in December of 2012. My sister told her she had only received letters telling her she wasn’t approved. The caseworker said she should have been receiving a benefit. Upon investigation it was discovered that she had never been advised and that her benefit had never been sent. She received a check for $23,000 the next week and then found out that the attorney had been sent a check for $6000. She is very upset that the attorney received any fee at all as he “worked” for months on her case and came up with zero – couldn’t even find out that she had already been approved? How could a Disability organization rep find out in 2 days what an attorney could not find out in 1 1/2 years?

    Is the attorney actually entitled to the fee?

    • Karmel Gilbert

      Wow, and congratulations.

    • tony greene

      What most find out too late is that a lawyer isn’t needed in the first place. My “lawyer” was nothing more than a paralegal. She did nothing for my case and SSA sided with me after I put in paperwork to deny the $6000 fee. You have a certain amount of days to fight the fee.

    • Lynette Place

      Unfortantly yes and it’s horrible.

  • christine stewart

    Just had my hearing for SSdi. He approved me at the hearing but gave me a very short on set date even though I’ve been disabled for a lot longer. What is the reasoning for that he bargained with me and I don’t think that is fair I worked all them years and to punish me for not being able to work he takes my back pay how can this even be legal??

  • joyce

    I first applied for ssi back in sept2013 I was denied Dec 4 I filled a appeal and got a lawyer my hearing was Dec 17th with the alj i have been waiting since then to hear a decision its now April 22nd 2015 and I have not hurd anything yet I called odar just last week and the guy who took my call said its now at the hearing office in editing writing. It’s been 127 days so my question is how much longer before a decision is mailed to me is this the final step before being mailed out to me the guy at odar said once its done editing it would be mailed out to me.

    • Lynette Place

      The same thing happened to me. I just kept calling , then finally after not receiving my decision letter , the nice lady gave me my information that I had won . The next day my letter came.

  • Lynette Place

    I just received a letter from my attorney today . It says they ( my attorney ) has received their fee the attorney from SS. Does this mean my attorney was paid and i can assume i won my disability appeal ?

  • Joann

    My husband got an notice of award from SSDI on May 15.it does not tell him what he is getting.it only says his you have to be disabled for 5 full calendar months in a row before you can be entitled to benefits.your first month of entitlement is April 2015. This is the only benefit we can give you at this time.in the future if you think you might qualify for another benefit from us you will need to apply agin.we have called them several times to ask what this means and we get a different answer every time.they say he only got medicare but it doest start until 2017.they also said we will get another letter.they also said he will get monthly money but they don’t know how much.they also said he will not get anything because he does not have enough credits.WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? How can we find out what’s going on?

  • Cathy Daniels

    Hi,,new here but have a question. I applied for ss disability in December 2014 but had a attorney just in case I was denied but found out I am approved. Will I still owe that attorney money even though he didn’t have to appeal it?

  • Edith Morrison

    How Long Does it take when they say it is in the final editing stage?

  • Edith Morrison

    Got my approval letter from the judge. Now how long does it take social security to start paying me my backpay and regular benefits?

  • Lawana Mack

    Hi ,
    I have sent in all my son medical records for his disability. He has an iep, has adhd bipolar, and borderline schizophrenia; but they still sent him to a consultative exam. Why? Im lost”¦my dds examiner said his medical paperwork from his previous doctor has a nurse practitioner signature instead of a doctor signature. He has been hospitalized and everything. They got info from his school. Are they silently trying to deny his case. And his doctor appt is July 25”¦pass a 120 days. Please help, and thank you in advance for your advice.

    • cortney

      Hi have u heard something yet my child going through the same

      • Lawana Mack

        I haven’t heard anything yet, but I will you posted.

        • cortney

          K this is my second time Tryn first time got denied.They say I should here something by Friday if I here something before u I will keep u posted.

          • Lawana Mack

            Ok thank …likewise!!

  • Sexyk2

    If you get a letter from Ssi saying I need to call them for more additional information to determine if I’m eligible for payments. Do that mean I’m approve coming from the local office. Any advise will help

    • Tom

      Hi Sexyk2, by now I’m sure you know the answer to that. I got the same call and she wanted to know what day I officially stopped working and was my bank and address still the same? THEN! About 3weeks to a month later, I got my first SSI check, which was part of the lump sum (they won’t send you the full amount of the lump sum all at once, fearing you will blow it on something stupid.) and September’s benefits. So, to answer you, when you get that call, yes, it’s a very good indicator that your first check is coming soon. I applied in March for SSDI and SSI in May. I got the SSI first, and I think it will be quite a bit longer to get the SSDI.

  • Sexyk2

    Has anyone has the same letter sent to them.

  • diana

    has any heard, i one my social security case, i got the letter saying i was approved
    and before i got any money …. my file went to federal court … is my case still approved and how long does it take to get a answer of what is going on????

  • Ace

    You should try milan law in modesto ca he did amazing with my mothers case she changed lawyers and win her case the first court hearing with him shes getting all her back pay.

  • Victor Pasqualicchio

    I won my SSDI case after 3 1/2 hard years. I had an attorney who talked a good talk..
    I finally get my case won. I am very sick. My attorney was well ware of my conditions and my situation. They get their money and I got a lump sum , Medicare and a monthly benefit BUT what do I do now? So much can ride on making the right choices from a financial standpoint after you get your case won, especially from a financial aspect. What to do and what not to do, making a plan with advise would have been nice.Advise from my attorney would have been nice. Now all my money (lump sum is gone) paying as I thought I should, while I was not well. One can not believe the situation, financially I am in now 5 years later because I did not do the right things ( nothing bad on my part) from a priority perspective their was no moral legal guidance. I DID tried to contact my lawyer right after it was one with no success, they said “my job is done”. OK just leave a (VERY) poor sick man with no one to turn too at the very least not even sending me in the right direction. Proof of how this world is ruled my money; get the money and run. I want recourse? I want justice. Over the 3 and 1 /2 years so many bills were not paid like my mortgage and HOA dues and that is only the start. I tried so hard while being sick but it required legal advice as I found out “after the fact” What resources could I have used? It is such a shame. All my money is gone, my condo is in serious derogatory status, I am declaring Chapter 13
    to try and save my condo. Again, if they had just told me to make it a priority to pay those back dues first, NONE of or at least most of what has happened would NOT have if given the proper legal advice that they could have given or referred me to someone.
    But I tried, in most error, to do things on my own. Some lawyers have said, your case might be different that others and you potentially could sue based on Non Proper Represenation or Breech of contract and even from a consumer Protection right. Please if someone can guise me from here with advise.

    • Sheryl Siegel

      try ur State or District Representative or Senator’s office – they may b able to assist u or at least point u to some1 that can assist u
      I would also try to get another SSDI attorney to look into ur case — they may b able to help as well — trust me I have been going thru hell for almost a decade!

  • Dominique Johnson

    My name is DJ , my son is 6 years old he was born with cleft lip , he had surgery on his mouth and nose twice , he is bilaterally deaf , with a severe phonological speech disorder , he have ear tubes and had adenoids and tonsils removed , he’s currently on an IEP and have to do speech in school and out of school , he’s also ADHD , he is having negative impact in class due to his disability , I have a lawyer on his case all his paper work came back but they haven’t made a decision yet , I called the dds and they told me in the system they see the paper work was sent back to my local social security office , what does that mean?

    • http://www.stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      DDS makes the medical decision and then the case is sent back to the local office to generate the written decision that is sent to you.

      Is you lawyer not telling you this?

      • Dominique Johnson

        No I was unaware of that , my son paperwork went back to my local office on 10-02-2015 as of 10- 07-2015 a decision has been made and the letter was sent out I have not received it yet , so I’m calling around and all they can tell me is a decision was made wait until I get the letter because they not allowed to tell me over the phone , I’ve been fighting for my son disability for 6 years for ( severe phonological speech disorder , bilaterally deaf , specific learning disability ,severe ADHD . I’m nervous to receive the letter because I really need the help and hope they don’t deny him . do any one think he should be approved ?

        • Michael

          Find your local SSA office using your zip code once you have that information you can go into that office and they’ll explain what is going on.

  • Spouse

    My spouse had a disability lawyer and he sent him a letter stating he could no longer help him and he needed to seek other counsel. Well my husband attended court without an attorney and we just received an award letter he is disabled. So my question is will the attorney he had previously be entitled to anything?

    • http://www.stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      That depends on if the prior attorney waived fees when withdrawing (or not).

    • Michael

      Actually, that is up to the OHA Judge.. Hopefully your husband let the Judge know his attorney bailed on him.. I would certainly let the OHA office know in writing with an attached copy of the letter his attorney sent him.

    • Happy

      I just had my hearing 10/22/15 and I did not know that the day before my hearing my lawyer dumped me and I had waited for over 3 years to get to that point and I went ahead and went in front of the judge by myself and I dont have to pay the lawyers I get to keep what they would have gotten so I see no reason why you would have to either….

  • Dominique Johnson

    My son was born with cleft lip ,since birth my son had cleft lip repaired twice, ear tubes put in because he bilaterally deaf , he have a severe phonological speech disorder , with specific learning disability and for the 6th time they denied him again why?

    • http://www.stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      65% of applicants are denied at the first stage. Most cases have to be appealed and taken to a hearing. Work with a good attorney who can figure out what Social Security’s issue is with the case and can strengthen the case. http://socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/11/i-have-can-i-win-my-social-security-disability-case/

    • Mariela

      My son was denied on November 2013 but I appeal I even represent myself please fight for you rights don’t apply anymore just ask for reconsideration if they denied your case ask to see the judge

      • http://www.stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

        That’s the spirit!

  • Mariela

    I forgot to mention I win my sons case on September 2015 they are gonna pay retroactive since nov 2013

  • Whatevers_Clever

    I received two Notice of Award letters…received a small payment from SSI then another letter saying they were sending another payment in 6 months…but still waiting on the bulk of my first Notice of Award letter…you never know what you’re getting or when you’re getting it…it’s a process that never ends and all you can do is hope to wake up and find money in your bank account or a check in the mail. It sucks really. I received the SSI first and then a letter explaining they were sending another payment in 6 months…haven’t received anything from SSDI though…that’s the one you want the most…SSI doesn’t pay hardly anything and they will figure out one million and one ways to knock that payment even lower. When you get that letter your level of disappointment will go through the roof believe me. I feel for anyone going through the process I fought them for over 4 years and then received only a partial disability claim. They lied to me at the hearing and told me I was getting 22 months of back pay and ended up only getting 7 months after they had me sign off on it, so make sure you get everything in writing and know exactly what they’re saying in that hearing because they duped me and I’m still very angry about it. I did win at my first hearing…but after the fact…not really. After I found out what happened they said I could appeal it but it would take another 1 to 2 years and they would take away the little money they did give me…well after fighting and struggling for four years what else could I do? I had to take the money I needed it. I did re-apply immediately with a new lawyer but now I have to go through the entire process again and will only get paid from the date I re-applied. They’re sneaky and will try to trick you…just know what’s happening at every second in your hearing. You will regret it like me if you don’t. You have to remember that they are doing everything they can do during your hearing to NOT give you disability. They have doctors and a vocational rehab person in the hearing with you who will try to deny you for any reason at all. They will ask you questions and then ten minutes later come back with the same question reworded to try to trick you into saying something completely different. I’ve gone through this, and everything I’m telling you now is the absolute truth. Pay attention, don’t change your story even a little bit or you will lose in the hearing. I’m not sure how it is in other states but in Indiana they DO NOT allow any witnesses during your hearing so don’t expect that if you live in Indiana.

  • mike

    Question. I’m going through the process of EXR for SSDI. I have received my 6 month payments, now still waiting on a decision from SS. The SS told me that I’m disabled, now it’s going through the processing payment center. What is the likely hood that I will be reinstated on benefits? I have been out of work for 15 months, running low on funds, worried about a denial letter?

  • Jennifer

    I’ve won my cases in June 2015..it’s been a long road of 5 years of getting denied. So I was soo happy to get fully favored. But their was an error in my paper work and my attorney ask if the judge can correct it.. so of course the judge agreed and had to pull it back on June 24th and it’s November. All my attorney kept telling me the writer made mistakes twice and now it’s just waiting on the judge signature. It’s getting hard financially because I have no income nor a job and I have a daughter to care for. Should I be worried?

  • Letter Head

    I won my SSI with a lawyer, after 20 YEARS of zero income and shelter stays, due to the ignorance of lyme and tickborne diseases still being discovered. Denials during those 20 years included SSDI filed with auto-approve status of lyme, within timeframe of quitting job; a 1998 Perm/Total Disability MD statement; a voc rehab job 6K per year poverty level, claimed to be “federal standard income level” falsely; now that I have won, it took my congressman’s involvement to make them give my back bennie of 14K after 8 months of telling lies sending me away; falsely (finally given 8 mos later in Sept 2014).

    I had a change of status since the Nov. 2014 physical opening of my “ongoing” SSI case at congressman’s behest, making me again eligible for SSI from July 2015 separation date (divorced mid Sept. 2015 finalized, ex spouses disability income was cause of no-pay), and the office is claiming tho last SSI payment for money reasons was July 2014, T51 status was applied to case wrongly. This is their excuse for not reopening their system closure back to July and keeping case open. Case was closed with zero notice to me. Caseworker has refused to call back or acknowledge letters to her since turn of October, when this closure is claimed to have happened. I heard about this claimed “closed case” 10/29 per a worker there, who promised supervisor callback none forthcoming, till a call today. 11/13 from ordinary worker.

    T31 and T51 are both codes, meaning respectively no-pay claim status on sys, with a prior SSI payment made, and no-pay with never an SSI payment. The office excuses themselves from not having sent a required Notice of Intent to close, blaming system and T51 (wrong) coding. Since July 2014 ssi payment exists, it should be T31. Congressional intercession got me this phonecall back claiming same by a worker today. SSI local office also invented a date we never spoke, as constituting “we made an informal eligibility decision that youre not eligible after our talk 10/30” which is fraud to concoct. It seems this office is hellbent on pushing a reapp on me to nix out my judges win of last year, in just another way of policy to have the chance to make me start all over again. It is exactly what they tried to do last September 2014, (force a reapp negating judges award) when Congressman’s phonecall spurred four hour action and handing over the 14K retro portion, totally cheating and lying to clients. They claimed supporting 2 minor kids wasnt a deductible-off-income thing they do!
    WHAT is the “reasonable amount of time” a person can expect to have their favorable decision effective and in place? I found it in POMS and am not coming up with it searching again to screenshot it. Just atrocious treatment from SSA. And
    are there not special rules for deeming that are supposed to apply when both persons per deeming in household, are disabled? Thanks for any help.

  • lisa

    I am on disability an am set up with an checking account. My husband just got approved can he use the same account number as mine

  • Amanda

    Dds said my sons claim was closed she couldn’t open it to tell me anything said I would receive a letter but the national ss hotline said first it was pending like 6 months and then said it was still processing im confused