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Financial (Awarded)

Congratulations, you've won your case!  If you've received a fully favorable or partially favorable decision, you will now begin working with the financial department.  Below are some resources that will give you additional help while the financial team works on the final stages of your case.

In the best case scenario, you might expect to wait at least 3 months before receiving any benefit payments after the hearing. On average however, most people can expect to wait 6-9 months before receiving any benefits after the hearing. Below outlines average wait-times for each step of the post-hearing process.
You will first receive a Notice of Decision letter:
It typically takes 3-6 months to receive the official written Notice of Decision letter, even if the judge approves you at the hearing.

  • If you receive an “Unfavorable Decision”, you have the right to appeal the decision. We will help you decide if this is the best option.

  • A “Partially Favorable Decision”, means the judge agrees that you are disabled, but has decided the evidence supports a later onset date than was originally alleged.

  • A “Fully Favorable Decision” means the judge agrees that you are disabled as of the onset date alleged on the application. 

If you receive a favorable or partially favorable decision, you will next receive a Notice of Award letter:

It generally takes 30-90 days after you receive the Notice of Decision letter to receive the Notice of Award letter.

The Notice of Award letter outlines how much your monthly payments will be, how much back pay you will receive, and when you should receive your first payment.

Generally, your first payment will arrive within 1 month after receiving the Notice of Award letter.

SSI back payments are distributed in 3 installments, six months apart.  The first two installments are approximately $2250, and the final installment is the remaining balance of the back pay.  You can expect to receive your SSI back payments within 3-6 weeks after receiving the Notice of Award Letter*. 

*Please note that if you are awarded SSI, you MUST complete a telephone interview with SSA before your benefits can be processed.  There is a deadline to complete this interview.  If you miss the deadline, you may be denied the benefits. 
If you will be receiving SSD back payments, you can expect to receiving those as based on the timeline below:
Up to $20,000 – 1 - 4 months after receiving Notice of Award letter
Up to $50,000 - 6 – 8 months after receiving Notice of Award letter
Up to $100,000+ – 8 months – 1 year after receiving Notice of Award letter

Local Representative Payee Agencies

If it is determined that you need a representative payee and you do not have a family member or friend that you trust, there are agencies that can help.  

Click here to see a list of agencies that can help in the Portland/Vancouver area

Setting up an Auxiliary Appointment

If you have recently been approved for disability benefits, your children may also be able to collect off of your claim as well and receive additional payments.  You have 6 months after you receive your award letter to submit at application to receive past due benefits.  It is a very simple process, and takes very little time!  You only need to make one appointment with your local Social Security office to discuss your eligibility.  Call your local office today and ask to set up an auxiliary appointment to get started. They will know what you are talking about.   Let us know as soon as you have made the appointment so we are able to follow up for you.  

Information on what you will need when you call, and what to expect

Supplemental Security Income Deeming Calculator

You can use this calculator to determine your potential SSI monthly benefit.  This can be helpful if you need to know how your spouse's income will affect your SSI benefit.

Overpayment Waiver

If you receive a notice from the Social Security Administration that states you have been overpaid, this is the simple form you can fill out and submit to SSA to waive the overpayment.

Overpayment Waiver Form

Travel Reimbursement

If you traveled more than 75 miles to attend the hearing, you can use the form below to apply for reimbursement.

Reimbursement of Travel Expenses

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