Upon receiving a favorable award, you become entitled to a retroactive award for the disability period prior to the hearing. If your application is approved, your first Social Security disability benefits will be paid from the sixth full month after the date your disability began. The SSA pays you this benefit as a lump sum, less any amount withheld for an attorney’s contingency fee.
You are entitled to receive your monthly disability amount for as
long as your remain disabled or until you begin receiving full Social Security Retirement Benefits.
The amount of your monthly disability benefit is based on your average lifetime earnings.
In some cases, the disability benefit may be offset by other
earnings or benefits.