Getting disability money from Social Security can take a long time. Unfortunately, that’s just the nature of the system. How can you make sure you get the full amount of money you are entitled under SSDI? The Social Security Administration provides what they call retroactive benefits as well as back pay for certain applicants. While they serve a similar purpose, retroactive benefits and back pay are not the same thing.
What are retroactive benefits?
Retroactive benefits are benefits you could collect for the period before you even applied for Social Security Disability benefits. For example, say you were injured in January but didn’t apply for disability until March. If your application is successful, you could be entitled to retroactive benefits from January to March.
What is back pay?
Back pay, on the other hand, is money you could be entitled to for benefits during the time you were waiting for your disability benefits application to be approved. Similar to retroactive benefits, back payments are only available to individuals whose applications are eventually approved.
What You Can Do About It
If you think that you may be entitled to retroactive benefits or back payments for disability, we invite you to contact the New York City Social Security Disability lawyers at The Perecman Firm today. For more than 30 years, our law firm’s passion for the workers of New York have driven us to secure optimal results. To date, we have helped clients recover more than $200 million in verdicts and settlements.
We invite you to ask us your questions about back pay for disability benefits as well as retroactive benefits. We’ll provide you with a free phone consultation! Just call (212) 577-9325.