After you get approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you will receive a monthly payment from the Social Security Administration (SSA) based off your average lifetime earnings.

Your SSD payments will begin six full months after the date your disability began—or your alleged onset date (AOD). If your claim took longer than six months from your AOD to process, which is common, you will receive backpay for every month you would’ve been eligible to receive benefits. Your monthly benefits will continue until you reach full retirement age—when Social Security retirement benefits take over—or changes in your status affect your ability to collect SSD payments.

If you’re wondering how retirement, returning to work, or other life events may impact your SSD benefits, contact Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. Our national Social Security Disability lawyers have helped Americans face the SSA for more than 30 years, and we want to help answer your questions. Call (800) 477-7315 or fill out our free online form to get in touch with our 24/7 legal staff today.

Factors That Can Affect SSD Benefits

If you’ve been approved for SSD benefits, you must immediately report any changes related to income, legal status, or medical condition to the SSA. Some of the factors that may affect your eligibility for SSD benefits or your monthly benefit amount include:

  • An outstanding warrant being issued for your arrest
  • Becoming unable to manage your benefits
  • Being convicted of a crime
  • Caring for a child who receives benefits
  • Changing your name or citizenship status
  • Death of a beneficiary
  • Getting pension payments from work not covered by Social Security
  • Having a child
  • Leaving the United States
  • Marriage or divorce
  • Moving
  • Reaching retirement age
  • Receiving other types of benefits
  • Switching your direct deposit account
  • Violating a condition of parole or probation
  • Working while receiving benefits

Failure to notify the SSA of any of these factors may result in the loss of your SSD benefits. If you have questions about what types of information you should report to the SSA, our Social Security Disability lawyers are here to help answer them.

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