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SSDI length of time for back pay?
When I initially met with my attorney, I was told that back pay would go back one year from application, minus 5 months (I had already waited over 2 years to file because I was told I would have "full recovery" after my 2 fusion surgeries). I've received my acceptance letter but not my back pay yet, and during my search for more info on the process I came across a SSDI page stating that even if it takes 24 months for your claim to get approved, you can only receive pay for 12 months. Can anybody help clarify this for me please? Also, I have friends who received their back pay before or immediately after their approval letters (NY), but I've seen posts by people saying it took several months so I was wondering if there was a formula for when I can expect mine? I'm not looking to go on a spending spree, but I have a mortgage, car payment, property and school taxes, and children to feed and clothe as well as one in an expensive college. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and all input is appreciated.
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SSDI Length of Time For Back Pay?

If you are approved for SSDI benefits, it is possible to be awarded back pay for up to 12 months prior to the application date if you were disabled for that period of time. Even if the duration of your disability extends past 12 months prior to your application date, the SSA will only reimburse you for up to one year prior to your initial application. Because I do not know the specifics of your case, you may want to check out this page on back pay and see how it applies to your own circumstances.

Usually, a claimant will receive their back pay, or the first installment of their back pay, within two months or 60 days within being approved. However, it is not uncommon to receive back pay much sooner or much later than that. Unfortunately, there is no real way to figure out when your payment will arrive. I suggest contacting your local Social Security office if you are concerned about the status of your back payments. Even then, your local office may not be able to give you much information as back payments are often processed out of state at processing centers.

Eva Manicom
It will do you no good to
It will do you no good to contact Social Security. They will only tell you "It is at the payment process center". And then depending on who you talk to, on how long it will take to get your back pay. My in-laws got their back pay 15 days after they received their award letter. My husband has been waiting over 60 days now.
So when did he get his letter
So when did he get his letter
I am sorry what state or you
I am sorry what state or you located in
how to compute back pay
Could someone inform me on how Social Security back pay is computed
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Joined: 11/27/2012 - 11:56
Back Pay

Kelly, it is important to note that back pay is distributed differently depending on whether you are approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

If you qualify for SSI benefits, you will be entitled to compensation as far back as your initial application date. If your case lasts a long period of time, you may end up receiving a large amount of back pay.

If you qualify for SSDI benefits, you will be entitled to compensation as far back as your initial application date. Depending on your specific circumstances you may also be entitled to back pay for one year prior to your application date. For SSDI however, there is a five month waiting period that will be subtracted from your total back pay.

For example:

  • If your claim is approved five months after you apply for benefits, you will not be entitled to Back Pay (5 month approval process, less 5 month waiting period). If your claim is approved a year after application, you will be entitled to seven months of Back Pay (12 month approval process, less 5 month waiting period).
  • If your claim is approved 24 months after application, your will be entitled to 12 months of Back Pay (even though a 24 month waiting period less a 5 month waiting period is 19 months, the limit for Back Pay is 12 months).

If you are confused at all by this information, check out this page on back pay.

Good luck! I hope I was able to clarify things for you.

You are forgeting one issue
You are forgeting one issue with SSDI if you go befor a Judge the Judge can approve you to what they called your ON SET DATE..for example you may apply for SSDI say Sept of 2012 but when you 1st file they ask you when did you know you were not able to work anymore so lets say it was May 2010. So the Judge approves you for you being disabled back to again what they call you ONSET DATE so with this example you would get back pay from Oct 2010 to current. SSDI is always one LUMP SUM SSI is paid in INSTALLMETS.
If ur found disabled after
If ur found disabled after receiving does it take 2 receive ur disability back pay?its been 6months
jay hall
I was told by SSA that a
I was told by SSA that a decision was made on March 25th 2015. SSA told me that if I hadn't received an approval letter within 15 days of decision that I could call back on the 15th day and they would be allowed to inform me of the decision by phone. My attorneys office told me that they had never heard that before. I'm now 5 days away from that date. As I am terminally ill time is very important. Also I filed 25 months ago and became terminal 1 year after originally filing and my case was then considered dire need and I was then given the hearing date which I attended February 12th 2015. My original application date was March 27th 2013 if that helps any. My onset date was July 1st 2009.
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Hi Jay,

Hi Jay,
I'm so sorry to hear about your illness. I've never heard of being able to call and get an approval over the phone either. Aside from waiting, the only way I've heard of checking the status of your claim is online. You can find it here:

Kim Miller
Jerry, I am kinda curious to
Jerry, I am kinda curious to when you will receive your back pay also. My Husband passed away while waiting on SSDI. I continued the case and finally won. (imagine that, he only had to die to win) I was sent the letter of Fully Favorable and was called by the payment center for my daughter's back pay. My letter was dated March 23, 2015. I have not gotten any award letter and calling my local office and the main number has not done anything as far as answers. All were very nice but they did not have any answers either. All I was told is that my daughter was getting a back payment and I would receive the back payment that would have been for my husband. with you going through everything and the time frame I would be curious when you get yours. Good Luck and my prayers are with you.
Stephanie Perkins
When I received my back pay,
When I received my back pay, I got 19 months, not 12 like someone has stated on here. So maybe its different in different states, but I got paid for 19 months, and the total was 24 months, minus the 5 left the 19, and thats what I got paid. i donot qualify for SSI.
Once u received your letter
Once u received your letter stating the amount u will receive and when and the amount of back pay , how long did it take u to receive your back pay !
Mary uresti
What state do you live in, I
What state do you live in, I live in TX and they told me I could only get 12 months (I filed 30 months late) I am going to appeal but even the rep. Tells me I wouldn't win because it's standard they only back pay up to 12 months.
the limit for back pay is NOT
the limit for back pay is NOT 12 months...its 12 months BEFORE your onset date.
Hi Mark,
Hi Mark, I was approved for ssdi, I applied in 2012 but the judge went all the way to 2008 because that's the last time I worked, now they're telling me they're only going back to 2011....As far as back pay!
I receive SSI will my children automatically?
I just had a baby, will my child automatically receive SSI once I go through the child support process?
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Children and SSI


Having a child may increase the amount of your SSI benefits. However, the SSI program does not pay benefits to the dependents of beneficiaries. If your child has a disability, he or she may qualify to receive their own benefits. If you have additional questions, I suggest you contact your local Social Security Office. They will be able to determine exactly how your benefits will be affected once you give them the details of your situation.

I know this is a couple of
I know this is a couple of years later, but a child can receive benefits if the parent is receiving SSDI/SSI. I received it because of my father and he was alive, so death had no issue in this. I know that you have to apply for the benefits for your dependents. I hope this helps.
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Hi Leelee,

Hi Leelee,

Only children of SSDI recipients can receive auxiliary payments. If a parent receive SSI, the only way their children could get payments would be if they were also disabled.

where is th back pay
My wife was awarded full ssdi back to 7/2009 her lawyer received his part 2/12/13 and we havent seen her back pay . She did get her 1st monthly ssdi check 4th week in Feb. 2013 and federal taxes were taken out as requested. So what to do?
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Back Pay
Jim, I suggest you contact the representative who handles your wife's claim. He or she will be able to let you know what is happening with your wife's back pay. Good luck!
If i got my first retro
If i got my first retro payment on Jan 14 , when on what day do i recieve it in June
SSDI Back Pay
My husband was fully awarded SSDI on 1/25/2013 and received his award letter on 2/5/13. We applied immediately for SSI for our 2 small children on 2/14/13 and received their back pay for 2 years just 2 days after the phone application process, which was directly deposited into our checking account on a Saturday morning, however, we have yet to receive his actual SSDI back pay for him, which is somewhere around $35K. The attorneys were paid 4 weeks ago, and we've called SSA several times, only to get different answers each time. One person told us it can take 90 days from the day he was awarded. Another rep told us it can take 60 days from the date of the award letter. We were told in another conversation with SSA that it had not been processed because they had to ensure he hadn't filed for SSI for himself or any State benefits while he was in pending status. The rep said everything was clear with him and it could be processed and that it was a good thin he called because it was just "sitting there" so to speak. After reading horror stories online, I've had my husband call and stay on them because as I said, there have been many answers given over the past couple of months and today we were told that it should process 45 days after the award letter was issued, which was 2/5/13. The rep also said that today is only 43 days and that if we don't have anything by Friday, then to call on Monday and she can send a message to the processing center but if she sends a message too soon, it could cause a delay. So confused as to what to believe....hate to stop calling as we found out already it was just sitting there and it wouldn't have been "pushed forward" had we not called. We have things we need to take care of as well as a nice get away because of all we have endured the past 3 years with his disability and the claim process, appeal and so forth...I paid for our vacation when I got our income tax, assuming we'd have the back pay for our spending money by now...vacation is in 32 days. Yikes!!! Cross your fingers for us and say a prayer as well, I'm biting my nails....and SSA is a pain to deal with already!
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Back Pay
Nellie, Unfortunately there is no clear answer to this question. Many factors affect how long it takes for an individual to receive back pay. I suggest that you continue to regularly check in with the SSA. I'm sorry that I couldn't be more helpful! Best of luck.
Hi.. I'm also waiting for my back pay but just curious.. Why are you Nellie applying your kids for ssi? You said 2 young kids? Curious why kids would need to apply for ssi.. When kids can't work anyway .. So what makes them disabled?
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SSI for Children
SSI and SSDI are two different programs. SSI is based on a family's financial need, whereas SSDI is based on a person's employment. Raising a child with disabilities or special needs is often much more expensive than raising a child who doesn't have disabilities. SSI is intended to cover the cost of day to day expenses and medical care.
Your dependents can qualify
Your dependents can qualify for a stipend due to you receiving SSDI
Frustrated and Poor
This sounds like me!! I
This sounds like me!! I applied 3 years ago. Court date was Sept 2014. Judgment letter came Dec 2014. (I won but the onset date was shaved down to 2 years ago - ?)Jan 2015 Got a letter stating what the back pay was and when to expect 1st payment - March 15. No reference to my daughter was included. Within a week had an appt at SS, had her added and her backpay was in the bank. Second check was DD today but am hearing back pay/lump could take up to 90 days AFTER the first payment (which was March 2015). If we didn't have family that has been willing to loan us money against the lump, we'd have lost our home, our car, everything. 3 years is a long time with only one very modest income and three people to feed/shelter. I thank God and us taxpayers for the assistance but the system is horrible. What do the mentally ill, elders, disabled with no support do?
Mary Lou
Approval letter
Hello, just wondering how long it should take to get approval letter. I spoke to rep last Friday 3/18/13 and they said a decision had been made it my appeal case and it has been determined that I am disabled. I have not received an approval letter yet, nor has my attorney. They said said the decision was made on March 11, 2013
i was approved feb 20 and
i was approved feb 20 and just got my award letter yesterday still no money said can take up to 60 more days
stephanie perkins
Jody, did you get your back
Jody, did you get your back pay yet? how long did it take you?
sophia cabral
I was approved march 21, 2013 and havent recieved no letters and my attorney hasnt been contacted .How long do i have to wait? Its stressful not knowing anything.
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Sophia, If you haven't received any letters and your attorney has not been contacted, how do you know you were approved?
back pay and monthly payments
I just received my letter 8/15/2013 that said the decision was fully favorable. My question is how long does is take for monthly payments and back pay to start? Also will my minor child receive some type of benefit payments and or back pay? My house is being repossessed and I am just wondering. Thanks
Bryan Braxton
My claim is in pay status.
My claim is in pay status. What does this mean?
ssdi backpay
I have gotten 2 payments and its been over sixty days. My Attorney said they cant help for 90 days. SS office will not let me speak toy claim rep, they wont even tell me the name of the rep. How do I find out where back pay is? My power has been cut off and my water as well. What do I do?
My brother was awarded dado we also have a lawyer I am his poa n also ass wanted me to b my brothrs payee all paperwork submitted we r going to b come homeless at end of this month we have been over to ssa Office 3xs in last week my brothr collapsed this weekend from dehydration n depletion as we do not have money for food when he was released from hospital I took him directly to ssa to try to find out when we will get his backpay as we need this money to move they would not take his hospital paperwork or our failure to pay rent they want us to come back on thursdy to see a supervisor he was old for benefits on 7/31/2013 n was told he would see his backpay within 60 days n his 1st check on 10/9/2013 my brother has health issues heart, tbi n depression where do i go for help our lawyer can not reach anyone either they say that everything is in order n there is a prioroty on his case but not to keep asking for help b cause it will move u back why would that b the case?
Just as confused
I was awarded a full approval for SSDI and SSI . I was told by 3 different people 1. My attorney 2. the lady that handles the money part with my attorney that makes sure I get all my moneis awarded to me 3. The SSI rep. That total with SSDI and SSI combined a month I would receive $866 a month. My 1st payment was last month. I got $694 SSDI and $866 SSI so that confused me alot. My award letters say that I would get $24,000 back pay for SSDI and 17,000 for back pay SSI. (SSI would be be paid in 3 installments 6 months a part. I received a ONE TIME payment of $2599 (SSI) and then 2 weeks latyer I received a $1thousand something ONE Time payment from????? I called the lady in charge of the monies to day to ask about what that payment was and she told me that was my lump sum!!!!! I would get another payment in march of 2,599 and then 12,000 (the remainder ) next sept. I told her those numbers did not add up and where is the BIG one lump sum from SSDI. She said they deducted the 17000 from the 24000 and then 6000 for the attorney fees and then the 2 one time payments and thats whats remaining.... HUH??? Im no math major but Im sooo confused... I was told that I would be getting 2 separate paybacks.. SSDI and SSI why would they deduct from each other and be combined and then both be in 3 installments? I was told the BIG LUMP Sum would be from SSDI and the the smaller would be from SSI and that one would be in the 3 installments. Seems no one can help explain any of this to me since they all said something different... can anyone help me straighten this mess out?
Get an attorney asap
Get an attorney asap
My lawyer said that he filed
My lawyer said that he filed an appeal for my ssi case and it is in the ssa hands and that they have not ask for no additional information he said that's a good thing some one who know about the sea process is this a good thing
Jena on question #27... I am
Jena on question #27... I am in the Same Situation..Got letter stating amounts of $ for backpay for SSDI AND SSI. My lawyer has been paid his $6,000. I have received my 1st BACKPAY check from SSI for approx $2,000 (and was told same info on SSI Back pay in 3 installments AND SSD IN ONE LUMP SUM) I'm worried after reading your story! Same thing happened... At first I was told SSI comes in 3 installments... SSDI in one lump. After I got 1st SSI back check... I called them...THE STORY CHANGED. SSD MAIN OFFICE in Washington told me that THE ENTIRE AMOUNT OF SSI BACKPAY WAS GOING TO BE DEDUCTED FROM MY LARGE LUMP SSD BACKPAY!! I'm SOOO confused. My Biggest QUESTION to everyone here.. It's been over 7 months now...I've been getting monthly 2nd SSI backpay is due to come in one month...and I haven't heard anything on the''biggest lump sum SSD check". Any advice from ANYONE?? Has any one here been through this? Or had the"deduction of what u received from SSI taken Out of your SSD Back check?
i just had my hearing with
i just had my hearing with the judge on my disabilty on 10.29.13. my lawyer said i was approved because the vocational personal said there wwaas no job i could do because of my disabilities. i dated my disability beginning 1/1/10 the judge said there was a sticky note on my folder from my 1st denial that person felt my disability began 9/09...that confused me anyways my lawyer informed me i would receive backpay from 9/09 till what 4+ yrs? ok why is some saying ssdi only backpays 12mths? also my kids will draw off of me my 14 yr old recieves ssi and i have a 4mth old..howe do or will they determine their benefits or backpay im sorry if im not making any sense i know what i want to ask not sure im using right words..also how long does it take to get your b/pay im sure it varies state to state im in ar...also my lawyer did mention 6m waiting period and stated i would recieve ssi in the meantime..if any one can help me understand i would relly appreciate it...also can student loans garnish ssdi??to all you with same situations as i hope thing hurry up for you i totally relate to how u are feeliin..again thank you and i hope one of you wonderful ppl can give me sum clarification...
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Back Pay and Dependent Benefits
Hi Kelli, were you approved for SSDI or SSI?
ssdi my lawyer said i would
ssdi my lawyer said i would will get a backpay from ssi for 9/09 thru 2/10 then ssdi would pay 2/10 to present. i had enuff also confused bout the ins part..i just recived letter said i will start get traditional medicaid start in jan. thanku
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Joined: 09/19/2012 - 11:09
Dependent benefits and student loans
Hi Kelli, I'm not sure what your specific question is. If your child receives SSI, he or she may not be eligible to receive dependent benefits. I suggest that you call the SSA to ask about whether or not your children are eligible. Also, depending on your specific circumstances, you may be eligible for student loan forgiveness or cancellation due to your disability. Be sure to ask your attorney about this.
If you are disabled you can
If you are disabled you can have your federal student loans waived. Call and let them know. Hope this helpa
you can have your federal
you can have your federal student loans canceled but they have to have the award letter which states permanent and total disability and it must be at least 5-7 before review. while the application is being processed if you have defaulted loans in collections it will remain. how does this prevent them from seizing your back pay when you often do not even receive the award letter until AFTER your back pay has been deposited?
You can go to the website in
You can go to the website in which your loans are maintenanced and file for a deferment. This way it give you a couple of months without you loan defaulting, giving you more time to wait for your notice of award letter.
SSD benefits
I was receiving spouse SSD benefits and now I am approved (9/24) to receive my own disability benefits. My spouse SSD benefits were suspended but now I'm not receiving anything b/c my SSD benefits haven't started and will not until 12/18. SSA has taken 3mo of Medicare premiums already yet I have nothing but an award letter saying I receive my SSD benefits, which I do not. I was told I wouldn't receive back pay until 01/2014 maybe even as late as 02/2014. Is this correct for me not to be receiving anything at all?


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