What Are Back Benefits For Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
Back benefits can be one of the more confusing aspects of Social Security disability for claimants. Although back benefits are confusing, they are also extremely important to the claimant because these benefits can reach to the tens of thousands of dollars.
Back benefits accrue from the date of the application in supplemental security income (SSI) claims. Back benefits can begin to accrue 12 months prior to the date of application for Social Security disability (SSD) claims. To qualify for back benefits for a year prior to your claim, you must establish an "alleged onset date" at least 17 months prior to applying. This is due to the fact that the Social Security Administration will not pay benefits for the first 5 months that an applicant is disabled.
To establish an Alleged Onset Date (AOD), the claimant must not be working and must be able to medically prove that he/she was unable to work on the AOD.
Due to the amount of money at stake, it is crucial to speak with a qualified Social Security Attorney prior to filing your claim.