What Information Is Included in a Disability Letter?


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Information in a disability letter includes the total amount of disability benefits the recipient is to receive monthly as well as the expected date of the first disability payment. A disability letter also discloses the exact date the recipient is entitled to receive benefits and the amount of back pay owed to the recipient.

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Social Security sends award letters to those who apply for and receive approval to obtain disability benefits. There is often a long wait time between the initial application and receipt of benefits, and the amount of time is dependent on the stage of the process at which Social Security approves the claim. A person whose initial claim receives approval directly after application receives a Notice of Decision within three months, with the official Notice of Award letter arriving a short time later. If Social Security does not approve the claim until after a disability hearing, a Notice of Decision letter arrives soon after the hearing, with the Notice of Award arriving up to six weeks later. The wait time is due in part to the large amount of cases heard by the disability processing centers.

If Social Security denies disability benefits, the applicant receives a denial letter that contains the date of the notice, the reason for denial and information regarding how to appeal the decision. An individual has 60 days from that date to file his appeal; otherwise, he must begin the application process again.

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