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What can Californians expect after SSD benefits approval?

For Los Angeles residents who go through the arduous application process for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, getting notification that the application has been approved can bring about a huge sigh of relief. Knowing that you will be able to receive at least some form of financial assistance when you are facing a complete inability to work due to disability can be enormously comforting. But, what exactly should Los Angeles residents expect upon being approved to receive SSD benefits?

First and foremost, the Social Security Administration will contact a successful applicant with two very important pieces of information. The first is what the applicant can expect in terms of a monthly benefit amount. The second is the date upon which the benefits will become effective.

So, when should a successful applicant expect to receive the first SSD benefits payment? Well, according to the Social Security Administration, the first payment is made six months after the disability began. Also, the benefits are paid in the month following the month they are due, so, for example, benefits that are owed for the month of November are actually paid out in December.

Getting to the point where you know you will be receiving SSD benefits soon can be a great feeling. However, anyone who is familiar with previous posts here probably knows by now that there are quite a few important steps along the way. Getting the right information on the application process can be crucial in the effort to ultimately get approved.

Source: SSA.gov, "Social Security Disability Benefits," accessed on Nov. 14, 2015

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