gavel stethoscope Chicago Disability LawyersAs you await acceptance or denial of your Social Security claim, you may wonder what happens once you receive a favorable decision. Our Chicago disability lawyers have provided the following questions and answers to help you navigate the process. Acquiring Social Security disability benefits can seem like an unattainable task.

How do I know if I have been approved or denied?

The Social Security Administration will mail you a notice called a Notice of Award if you are approved. The document will list the date the courts determine you are eligible to receive benefits, called the “date of entitlement.” The document will also list the amount of benefits you have been awarded, including back benefits or back pay. The notice may also list information regarding Medicare as well as information about when you may be under a review for continuing disability.

If I am awarded, when can I expect to receive the Notice of Award?

The funds-either by check or bank deposit-for back pay benefits and Notice of Award will arrive at approximately the same time.

How far back will my benefits extend?

Back pay benefits will be calculated and paid to you beginning the month the courts deemed you eligible for benefits. You must wait five months from your date of disability before benefits can be counted, and back pay is limited to 12 months from the day you applied.

How much monthly benefits will I receive?

Your benefits are calculated using a formula and based on your earnings during the past 35 years in which you earned the most money. Your monthly benefits are adjusted each December to provide a cost of living increase. Our Chicago disability lawyers can enlighten you further on how benefits are calculated. Chicago disability lawyer know the ins and outs of the Social Security Administration and may be reached to schedule a consultation.

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