On what grounds are claims backdated?

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If you apply late, we may consider backdating your Disablement Benefit, but only if:

  • you received false or misleading information from us,
  • you could not apply sooner, for example due to a severe injury,
  • a force majeure occurred (an event that was so intense that made it impossible for you to apply in time), for example a fire or flood in your home, or
  • you have difficulty paying essential bills.

How to apply

To apply, complete form OB 21 and send it to:

Disablement Benefit Section
Social Welfare Services Office
Government Buildings
Ballinalee Road

Telephone: Longford (043) 334 00 00 
Dublin (01) 704 3000

Last modified:19/10/2009