After you win a disability case the Social Security Administration must processes the claim(s) before benefits can start. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) that heard your case will put his or her decision in writing and mail it to the address you have on file with the Social Security Administration. Claimants typically start receiving benefits on average 30 – 60 days after they receive a written favorable decision in the mail. Because Supplemental Security Income is a need based program, if you are entitled to Supplemental Security Income or a combination of Supplemental Security Income and Disability Insurance Benefits, you must attend a Pre Effectuation Review Conference or “PERC” appointment before you begin receiving benefits. Typically, the notice of your appointment arrives in your mail 2 to 3 weeks after your receive your favorable hearing decision in the mail. At that appointment, the Social Security Administration will look at your assets, income, and living arrangements to determine if you qualify to receive Supplemental Security Income. If you are eligible to receive Social Security Disability, you should receive a Notice of Award letter and/or a benefit check in the mail 2 to 3 weeks after you receive your favorable hearing notice in the mail. If it takes longer than that, and you were represented at your hearing, contact your attorney and let them know you have not received a PERC appointment or Notice of Award. He or she may be able to assist you with the process.
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