The Elder and Disability Law Firm, APC
The wait after getting approved for disability benefits
Exactly when a California resident who has been approved for disability benefits receives those benefits depends on a few factors. Generally, those who have gotten approval after an initial application will get their benefits sooner than those who get it at the hearing level. As a general rule, the Social Security Administration strives to complete cases in a timely manner.
The organization also strives to improve the experience a person has when applying for disability benefits. In some cases, this may happen in the same month that a person becomes eligible for benefits. Those who are subject to a waiting period may not receive benefits for up to five months after approval. However, this only applies to those who are applying for SSDI as opposed to those applying for SSI.
An initial payment may also be delayed if there is a need for a person to take action to resolve a problem related to clearing a payment. If a case is decided at a hearing, the person who writes the decision must first create the document and then send it to the judge. Only after this takes place will a claim be sent for processing. In some cases, it could be several weeks before a person receives their benefits.
If an injury makes it difficult or impossible for a person to work, he or she may be entitled to disability benefits. Talking with an attorney may increase the odds that an initial application is approved. It may also increase the odds of a case being won at the hearing level. This might make it possible to get benefits in a timely manner and help an individual pay bills or otherwise deal with expenses that they face.