You have been in a position to file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits for a while. So, you did put in your application. Unfortunately, it was not approved on your first attempt.

Now, you’re thinking about applying again, but you know that the wait could be substantial. You need the money that you’re supposed to be getting in benefits, and you know that the right support should help you get the elusive approval that you need.

One of your most significant questions is if you will be able to receive back payments for the money you’ve been missing out on because of the Social Security Administration’s error.

Can you get back paid Social Security Disability benefits?

If you apply for SSD benefits but are denied, you have a right to appeal. If you win that appeal, you may be able to receive back pay from the time you should have been approved in the first place. This is usually based on your first application, not on the date of the appeal.

Back pay refers to the SSD benefits that you should have received if your claim had been approved when you submitted it. Usually, back pay begins a few months after you receive your first Social Security Disability payment.

Remember, SSD benefits begin after the sixth full month from when your disability began. They’re paid the following month, so if your benefits are for January, you’ll receive them in February.

Our website has more on SSD and what you should know if you plan to apply or have applied and received a denial letter.