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Your Social Security claim is finally approved after years of waiting. You’re probably relieved because the past few years have likely been stressful, so you’re finally ready to relax. But, it’s been a while since you received your approval, and you still haven’t received compensation or Social Security payment. So, what’s going on?
Don’t forget that you’re dealing with a government agency, and they have to deal with a lot of red tape. Granted, if you filed a Social Security claim, you are probably well aware of that by now.
I hate to waste time, and I love simple things. In my mind, if you are approved for your benefits, a few clicks of the mouse should send a check your way, but that is not how the SSA does things. In fact, there are a number of things you should know about the Social Security payment process after you’re approved.
First of all, the way in which the Social Security payment process starts is confusing. SSI payments are processed at your local SSA office. On the other hand, SSDI payments are processed by way of Social Security Processing Centers. These are generally pretty far away from people in rural areas.
For instance, our firm is based in Parkersburg, West Virginia. We frequently deal with the processing centers in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Obviously, they aren’t local, and they can have issues that we might not be aware of back here.
It’s also important to note that the SSA is a large organization, housing many different departments which are usually not in sync. So, it makes total sense that you could receive a favorable decision and not receive payment for 30 to 120 days. It is also possible, but uncommon, to could get payment before you actually receive the decision. We see this more so in our VA Disability practice, but it is possible with Social Security too.
With Social Security, like most things in life, the less complicated the situation, the quicker it will be. If you just have a normal black and white Social Security claim, you likely won’t see many issues. However, if you have a workers’ comp claim or retirement, or even if you’re getting both SSDI and SSI, you’re more likely than not going to see delays.
We know how frustrating it can be at a time like this, but we’ve seen it a lot before, and we’ll likely see it more in the future. Once the processing is complete, the claimant will receive a Notice of Award letter detailing all the payment information such as monthly benefit amount, Social Security back payment amount owed, when monthly checks will start, and how much was paid to the attorney, if you made use of one.
Finally, there are some miscellaneous items that can cause delays and Social Security myths that may cause concern. For instance, if you were married or divorced during the time your claim was pending, this will likely cause a delay. The same is true if you returned to work during this same process. Delays should be expected there as well.
The disability process as a whole is very frustrating. It’s best not to fight it alone. That’s why so many people turn to the team at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, to get the benefits they deserve. From start to finish we have the people and the passion for getting you the benefits you deserve.
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Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law