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What Happens When I Am Awarded Social Security Disability Benefits?

If your application or appeal for Social Security Disability benefits is approved, congratulations! You will receive a written notice from the Social Security Administration detailing your date of eligibility, the amount of retroactive monies due and your future monthly benefit amount.

Your first Social Security benefit check will be paid for the sixth full month after the date your disability began.  For example, if Social Security determines your disability began on January 1, 2010, your first disability benefit will be paid in July 2010.  Social Security benefits are always paid in the month following the due date, so in the above example you would receive your check in August, 2010.

Social Security will also enclose a special publication giving you detail about your benefits and your responsibilities surrounding reporting any changes in your circumstances to them.  This publication is titled: What You Need To Know When You Get Disability Benefits.

The amount of your disability benefits will depend on your average lifetime earnings.  Each year around your birth date you should receive a Social Security earnings statement showing your lifetime earnings and an estimate of what your disability or retirement benefits would be at certain points of time in your life.  If you have not received your latest statement you should contact the Social Security Administration and request your statement today. 1-800-772-1213 or It is very important to review your statement regularly to ensure Social Security did not miss any of your employment or have incorrect information as to your earnings.


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