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Lump sum payments for benefits owed

People who are applying for Social Security disability benefits may be eligible for back pay to cover the time between their unemployment and the commencement of their benefits. How does the Social Security Administration calculate this back pay?

Benefits start to accrue at the time a person files his or her application for benefits. Even if the approval process gets held up or the application gets initially denied and then appealed, a New Jersey resident will still be able eventually to collect benefits for the time that elapsed during the delay.

Moreover, a person may also collect additional benefits for up to 12 months preceding his or her application for disability, subject to a few federal requirements. For one, no one gets benefits for the time prior to his or her injury or, for that matter, the onset of an illness. Two, the injury must have prevented a person from working for at least 17 months prior to the day he or she files for disability. The discrepancy between the 12 months and the 17 months is because the Social Security Administration requires a five-month "wait period" before a person who is disabled actually gets paid benefits.

New Jersey residents should also be aware that those who are applying for Supplemental Security Income are not eligible for additional back pay. These people's benefits begin to accrue at that time that they file their application with the Social Security Administration.

Nevertheless, New Jersey residents should be mindful of the fact that an application for disability benefits could not only ensure that a person gets financial help going forwarded in their lives but also provide a substantial sum of money that could prove to be very helpful for a struggling family.

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