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What is the difference between a fully favorable and a partially favorable Social Security Disability decision?

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Learn about a partially favorable versus a fully favorable Social Security Disability decision and learn about appealing a partially favorable decision.

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A Fully Favorable Social Security Disability Decision

A fully favorable Social Security Disability Decision means that your claim has been approved and your benefits will begin based on the date of disability that you claimed and that you will receive ongoing monthly benefits.

A Partially Favorable Social Security Disability Decision

In contrast, a partially favorable decision means that your claim has been approved, but with limitations that will cause you to receive less money than a fully favorable decision would have. There are two situations that result in partially favorable decisions. The decision on your claim might be partially favorable because Social Security determined that you became disabled on a date later than the one you claimed; and therefore, your benefits will start later. Or, the decision on your claim might be partially favorable because Social Security has determined that your disability has ended and that you will receive a one-time-only payment.

Consider a Social Security Disability Appeal

If you receive a partially favorable Social Security Disability decision, look at the decision carefully. If you believe a mistake has been made, you have the right to appeal. At this point, it would be a good idea to get legal assistance from an attorney who is experienced with Social Security Disability claims. For information on how to appeal, appeal deadlines, and how attorneys get paid, visit our articles “I Was Denied Social Security Disability. What Can I Do?” and “How Do Social Security Disability Attorneys Get Paid for Representing You in Your Disability Claim”

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28 Comments

  1. Catherine. Moses says:

    How much do ssi pay , do i go to the office. And show them my letter an dee what’s. Next. I need. Iy i need a doctor. Thank u Catherine

  2. Juliet says:

    Hi Kay,
    I finally got my fully favorable decision for ssdi. The onset date is May,2013. Does that means that I will receive benefits starting then or will it be six months from then? Also, does it means that I will get medicare now? I know that I am not eligible for medicaid.
    Kay, I really do appreciate all the help that you have given me along the way
    Thanks,
    Juliet

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Juliet,

      Your Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits will begin to accrue the later of November 2013 or twelve months before the month of your initial application. Medicare coverage will start after you have received twenty-four months of benefits including any back pay months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  3. Rosalind Johnson says:

    I want to know I got a letter in the mail and said fully favorable do that mean that I won my case and going to get my money.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rosalind,

      A fully favorable decision is a medical approval for benefits. It can take sixty days or more for benefits to start.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  4. Tiff says:

    My on set date is back in 08 will they pay me that far back?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tiff,

      Social Security Disability benefits will begin to accrue the later of the sixth full calendar month of disability or twelve months before the filing of the initial application that was approved.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  5. Bobby says:

    I just got my fully favorable decision. I am guessing they all say another office will process my decision and all that jazz. And it says it can take 60 days. Mine is for ssi. Just wondering what they will do now?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Bobby,

      The local Social Security office should contact you for an update on your finances since you file your claim. After that they will release the next monthly payment followed by the back pay. If the back pay is more than $2,199, it will be paid in up to three installments six months apart.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Tiff says:

        So I was told I have to set up an accout for my backpay can it be on a debit card?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Tiff,

          I believe that back pay can be sent to a DirectExpress card rather direct deposit to a bank account; however, there may be a dollar limit to the amount that can be sent DirectExpress. I suggest that you check with the Social Security Administration.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  6. Lavette says:

    How common is it for a judge at your ssd hearing to make a deal if l l would let them move my onset date to 2014 instead of my original onset date of 2011? Then the judge would approve my disability?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lavette,

      It is fairly common when the judge determines that there is not enough medical evidence to support disability on the date that claimed. If you are still insured for Social Security Disability on the date in 2014, accepting that disability date would assure approval. If you do not accept the date, it is likely the judge will deny your claim and you will have to appeal if you want to continue continue to pursue the claim.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  7. connie says:

    My daughter got approved for both programs and the local office approved ssi but denied social security i have to appeal that what should I do

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Connie,

      The first thing to do is to understand the reason for the Social Security denial to be sure you want to appeal. Your daughter is a minor so she would not be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, which require having worked and earned work credits. If you applied for dependent benefits for her on your or your father’s earnings record, then you need to look at the reason for the denial and say in the appeal why it was wrong.

      If you need help, I suggest that you contact an experienced Social Security attorney. When you hire a Social Security attorney, you do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from the retroactive award before sending your back pay to you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  8. angel says:

    Finally received my fully favorable decision after such a long battle. I first went to court in 2012 and was denied went through more appeal got another hearing may of 2015 just received fully favorable letter last week. Now the hard part is over. How long do it take to receive payment

  9. kaprinus says:

    Hi Kay,
    In late 2013 I received a closed period judgment for part of 2011 and 2012. I chose closed period because I appealed, and went back to work and couldn’t wait anymore for ssd. GOOD CHECK, bad move. About 6months after I got the check my symptoms got even worse then they first were in 2011 when I applied. I finally stopped working and have reapplied. Since the judge approved me partially, will have go through the standard wait times, or will it be speed tracked?
    I just don’t thin I cant wait 2 years like I did last time, but this time there is NO way I am going back to work.
    Thanks Kay
    Kaprinus

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kaprinus,

      Your new claim will be processed the same as any other, though if you didn’t, it would be good to let the claims examiner know that had been approved previously, especially if it was for the same medical condition(s). If the medical conditions are the same and you are approved for benefits, you will not have a new five-month, unpaid waiting period because your recovery was for less than five year.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • kaprinus says:

        Wow,
        Thank you Kay. I received a closed period judgment last time. I will let you know what the outcome is. I just spoke to the DDS examiner. I hope I get approved for on going benefits.
        Kaprinus

        • Kay Derochie says:

          You are welcome, Kaprinus.

          • kaprinus says:

            Hi Kay,
            Going on month 2 into month 3 of waiting while the states disability determination service is reviewing my records. It does look like I am going to have quite a long time without a decision. Did you mean they wont withhold the 5 month back pay? Or it will take 5 months or less to determine if I am disabled? Any insight would help me out :)
            Thanks
            Kaprinus

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kaprinus,

            It can take two to five months to get a decision. Social Security Disability law also provides for a five-month waiting period that is not paid. The waiting period begins with the date your disability began, not with the date of your application.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

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