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How are SSD benefits paid out?

Many Floridians who have suffered a disabling injury or illness and are thus no longer able to work know that they need money so that they can pay their living expenses. We spend a lot of time on this blog discussing how to successfully obtain SSD benefits, but in this post we wanted to take a look at the logistics of disability pay. What, exactly, will happen once your claim is approved?

Social Security disability payments are made on a monthly basis. The exact amount an individual will receive depends on disability and the claimant's work history. Regardless, payments are usually made on the same date as the claimant's date of birth. The money may be received electronically, if that method is chosen, or an individual can have his or her SSD benefits check mailed to him or her. It is important to note that knowing accepting benefits that are not due can constitute a crime. Therefore, when an individual receives an overpayment or a check that is not owed, he or she should return it to their local Social Security Administration office.

Perhaps the most troubling part about SSD payments is that they don't start until after an individual has been disabled for five full months. This can leave those with a disability in a precarious financial position. This is why it is best to seek out benefits as soon as possible after being injured or falling ill.

Those who have questions or concerns about their SSD benefits, including a modification or cessation of benefits, should consider their legal options. There may be steps that can be taken to challenge a move made by the Social Security Administration, and benefit recipients should not be placated simply because of a move made by the government agency. Experienced Social Security disability attorneys may be able to provide assistance.

Source: Social Security Administration, "What You Need to Know When You Get Social Security Disability Benefits," accessed on Dec. 12, 2016

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