If you have been diagnosed with a spinal disorder and you can’t work anymore you can apply for Social Security disability benefits. If your application for disability benefits is approved, the maximum benefit amount that you could receive in 2023 is $3,627 per month. But in order to receive the full benefit amount you will need to submit medical evidence showing that you meet all of the Social Security Administration’s requirements.
How To Calculate How Much Disability You’ll Get With A Spinal Condition
It can be difficult to calculate the amount of money that you will receive as a disability benefit with a spinal injury. The actual amount awarded differs from person to person and depends on several different factors like:
- The state where you live and the cost of living in that state.
- Your medical expenses and insurance coverage.
- The severity of your spinal condition.
- Your age.
- How many years you worked previously to your injury.
If you want to receive the maximum benefit amount it’s very important that you include as much medical evidence as you can with your application for disability benefits. You must be able to demonstrate how serious your spinal condition is to get the highest benefit amount.
Getting Back Pay For A Spinal Condition
If you apply for Social Security disability benefits and it takes a long time before your application is approved, or if your application is initially rejected and you have to go through the appeals process but your application is eventually approved you could be entitled to back pay from the SSA.
Back pay is benefits that you were eligible to receive during the time that you were waiting for the application to be approved. Once your application is approved you are considered to have been eligible for benefits starting five months after your initial application date. There is a five month waiting period for Social Security disability benefits.
For example, if you applied for benefits on January 1st 2022 and your application wasn’t approved until June of 2023 you would receive back pay from June 2022 to June of 2023 or 12 months of benefits. Back pay is paid in a lump sum, and then your benefits will be paid monthly.
Retroactive Payments For A Spinal Condition
When your application for Social Security disability benefits is approved you may also be eligible for retroactive payment. A retroactive payment is payment of benefits from the date your condition started to the date that you applied for benefits.
For example, if you were injured in a car accident on May 1st and you applied for disability benefits on June 1st you would be eligible for a retroactive payment of one month of benefits.
Work With An Attorney
Working with an attorney is the best way to make sure that you know all of the different types of payments that you are entitled to as part of your Social Security disability benefit. An attorney can also help you with your application.
Social Security disability attorneys don’t get paid until you receive your back pay so you don’t need to pay anything up front. Fill out a Free Case Evaluation form now to get connected with a participating, independent attorney who subscribes to the website that may help you.