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Can I receive SSD benefits retroactively?

In the past, this blog has discussed the backlog currently seen by the Social Security disability system. For some, this wait can be excruciating, as their financial resources are drained during a time when they cannot work. For others, the wait can be somewhat confusing, especially if they reclaim their health while they are waiting to obtain their benefits. These individuals, and others who are able to get back to work after a temporary disability, may find themselves wondering if they can still recover SSD benefits.

Under the Social Security Administration's regulations, an individual can seek out compensation for a temporary disability if certain conditions are met. First, the disability must have lasted for at least 12 months straight and be documented by medical paperwork. Second, the SSD application must be filed within 14 months after the medical condition is no longer disabling. If these conditions are met, and the medical condition was in fact disabling, then Social Security disability benefits may be paid out.

There are some restraints on these benefits, though. There is a five month waiting period before the benefits will be paid out and the payments can only last for up to a year from the date that the claim was filed.

So what does this mean for Floridians? It means that if people have ever been disabled and unable to work, then they might be entitled to compensation, even if they recovered from the disability more than a year ago. Those who were disabled and unable to work should take advantage of the opportunity afforded to them, and thus carefully consider how best to proceed with their SSD claim. Legal professionals across Florida are ready to step in to provide guidance and advice.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Information for Wounded Warriors and Veterans Who Have a Compensation Rating of 100% Permanent & Total," accessed on Aug. 1, 2016

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