Many people want to know when their disability benefits start after applying for SSI or SSDI with Social Security. The two types of disability benefits have different rules, and a knowledgeable Massachusetts disability lawyer explains more about this in this video. Watch to learn more.

One common question we hear is, "How far back do my benefits go?" Whether you applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will determine when your benefits kick in. With SSI, your benefits can go back to the date of your application, as long as Social Security determines that you were disabled before the date that you applied for benefits. However, during the review process, if SSA determines that you became disabled six months after your application, they would start your benefits on the date they determined you were disabled. With SSDI, benefits can go back up to one year before your application for Social Security Disability, if SSA determines you were disabled 17 months before you applied.

Sometimes the rules and procedures of applying for disability benefits can be complex and overwhelming. In order to determine if you are getting what you deserve, you should contact an experienced Massachusetts disability lawyer at 888-904-6847. We will provide you with a free legal consultation today. You can also take advantage of our free resources on our website that may help you during this time.

John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer