The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers a disability program for individuals who are unable to work for a year or more, due to a medical condition, and who also worked in jobs covered by Social Security. If a disability occurs, then the individual can apply for benefits to help cover bills and expenses.
If the SSA approves the application for benefits, then the payment process begins. However, applicants should not expect to receive a check immediately. The first payment arrives in the sixth full month after the approval date.
That means if Social Security Disability begins on January 15, 2015, then the initial payment will arrive in July 2015.
Understanding the date of the first payment is important, because it helps individuals create a financial plan for how to cover expenses until the checks start coming in.
Do you have legal questions about Social Security and disability benefits?
Administrative lawyers specialize in helping applicants or recipients of government programs. If you have concerns about how an application will affect you legally or how an application was responded to, then please reach out to the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) in San Diego County. We can refer you to an administrative lawyer or resources in the community where you can find assistance.