Once an individual files a case with the Social Security administration and is subsequently approved or awarded benefits, the next question is how much will the payments be and how far back will the payments reach?
There is no clear cut answer as to how much an individual will receive. The reason being, every case is different. It depends on how long you have worked in the past and how much you have earned. In regard to widower benefits, the same formula is used as applied to the deceased husband or wife. A child's benefits are determined by the parent's past work history. Speaking to an attorney can give you a more specific answer when presented with all the facts of your case. It is good to know how much money you are possibly going to receive before going through with a social security disability case on your own. While there is a base amount an individual will receive subtracted by other sources of income, the determination is fact intensive.
Once an individual is determined disabled how far back will the payments reach? Disability benefits cannot be paid more than one year prior to the date of the respective disability claim. As well as benefits will not begin until five months have elapsed from the claimant becoming disabled. A disabled child is not restricted by the five month waiting period after becoming disabled, but a disabled adult child may not receive benefits more than six months prior to the date of the claim.