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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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Joined: 09/19/2012 - 11:09
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.

how to compute back pay
Could someone inform me on how Social Security back pay is computed
Last seen: 1 year 6 months ago
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.

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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Joined: 09/19/2012 - 11:09
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.

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?
Last seen: 4 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 09/19/2012 - 11:09
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!
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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Joined: 09/19/2012 - 11:09
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?
Last seen: 4 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 09/19/2012 - 11:09
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.
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
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.
Last seen: 4 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 09/19/2012 - 11:09
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
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?
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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Joined: 09/19/2012 - 11:09
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
Last seen: 4 months 2 weeks ago
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.
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?
My child just got a fully
My child just got a fully favorable decision on 1/13/14. How long does it take to get his first payment and backpay. we applied 12/20/10. We didn't have a lawyer . when will we get the first payment
Last seen: 4 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 09/19/2012 - 11:09
Award Letter
Hi TJ. In your notice of approval or award letter there should be a section that outlines your child's payment amount and schedule.
andrea davis
approval for disability
My question is my lawyer called me and said i got approved. Does anyone knoe how long it will take to get an approval letter.i had an hearing on dec.9th but got a call i guess they dod a review and told my lawyer about the approval how long before i see any money
Ms. Wallace
SSA Website
Create an account on the social security website and you can print a copy of your award/benefit letter there even before you receive a letter in the mail, you can check your status as well if you are waiting for a decision on your case on the website.
I have been drawing SSI for a year and recieved my backpay. Applied in Feb. 2012 and got approved in Nov. 2012. Then they approved me for SSDI 3 months ago. For the last three months I recieved the full SSI check and $399.00 for SSDI. Now they have deducted my SSDI from my SSI for Feb 2014. I have read online that if you have no assets or anything at all that you can draw the full SSI and your SSDI? How do I do this ?
I just received my letter telling me I am fully favorable but it doesn't say anywhere how much I'll be getting. Why do some people say, it tells them the amount?
im receivivng ssi disability my car just recently broke down. this is my transportation to and from doctors I don't have money to fix it at this time. ill be getting my six month back pay in march I cant wait that long I contacted social security explained my situation to see if I can receive back pay I cant catch the bus cause I cant handle sitting on the seats I have a doctors note stating of that I was told to have car be seen by license person to find out cost of repair.i have a problem I cant move my car due to the extent of my car I could cause a major accident trying to get it looked at from a mechanic shop.what can I do?
my car broke down I called social security to see if I can receive my six month back pay which I get in march.because I cant use the bus due to medical reasons to make all my doctors appt.i was told to have my car seen by a license mechanic. I don't have money for a tow truck so what do I do.
Paying my advocate
My mom recently got approved for disability. She worked for a large retail company for 15 years. When she got hurt she went on short term disability and then long term disability. The advocate company that is handling her long term disability was also helping her through the process to try and get approved for disability. Now that she has been approved they are telling her that all of her back pay she received plus the two disability checks she has received since is owed to them by law. Can anybody tell me if this is true? My mom paid into the company for 15 years to have the short and long term disability available to her. Now they are telling her that she has to give them everything social security has sent her. How is that even right and how can they get away with it? Can anybody shed some light on this? How is it right for someone to strugle to get approved for disability and then have to turn around and hand every dime over to a company they had already been paying into fo the lasr 15 years? They are planning to contact a laywer to look further into it, but if anybody knows anything about this or has any helpful info it would be greatly appreciated.
Last seen: 4 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 09/19/2012 - 11:09
Advocate Fee
Hi, Jennifer. Typically disability attorneys and advocates have claimants sign a fee agreement up front. This agreement allows the SSA to pay the advocate in the event of an approval. Typically the fee is 25% of back pay, up to $6,000. Do you or your mother remember signing a fee agreement? And, is the advocate asking you directly for money, or going through the SSA?
Hi Jennifer,
Hi Jennifer, I am in the same situation as your mother. I have been on LTD and have recently been approved for SSDI. The LTD policy states that any overpayment is subject to repayment, which does include SSDI backpay. They do however have a minimum amount they must pay regardless if SSDI is more than the LTD payment amount. This is specific to my policy, but you may want to look into that with your mother's policy. Good luck.
new baby
i am on disability now i have new baby do i get benefit and back pay for the baby
back pay
I applied in 1999 I got denied several times, my question is can I get an Attorney to fight for my back pay when I finally got approved in 2010 I only received from when I applied in 2008 to 2010 when I got approved. Why is it that when I ask others they have received from the first time they got denied?
I was hurt on the job, (usps)
I was hurt on the job, (usps) n have been receiving owcp since may 2008, applied for ssdi in 2011, I waited cause I thought I was goin to return to work but they fired me b4 I even had my surgery on lower back, which has left me with major nerve damage, was approved by alj nov.2013, got letter frm alj fully favorable, and onset date of injury by alj may 2008 according to sections 216 (I) and section 223 (d), whatever that is, but ssa did go by onset date alj allowed me instead they gsve me an eod, establish onset date, can this b appealed, and they say im only getting a one time payment which isnt enough to have waisted time on, I get 66 3rd % frm owcp, (feca) and I knw im entiltled to 80% but ssa say my monthly is $0, the alj even said I had a very strong work history for past 15 years, im not understanding this at all.i was receiving 75% from owcp when my son was in school up until age 23 which I only received for bout 10mnths, and that increased my owcp check by about $240.00 per month n now im intitled to 80%, wit the 13% comming from my social security, but they sayin im intitled to $0, sumone please help me understand what are they doing at ssa.
hi there. i was just told
hi there. i was just told that i was approved for ssdi for ptsd. since its a wounded warrior case and its expedited, does this mean i will see my back pay soon? i was told that i was approved on feb 27 2014. i have not received the award letter yet but i called the 800 number and they read me my approval letter. anywho when should i start seen my back pay and check?? thanks
i just found out i was
i just found out i was approved for my ptsd on feb 27 2014. curoius on when i can expect my back pay and check. i dont have my award letter but i called social security and they had on there file and red it to me. is it possible i could see it soon since it was an expedited case?
I applied for SSDI in
I applied for SSDI in November of 2013 and got a call from SSA saying I was approved on 1-28-14. They had a few questions. My back pay was in account on 2-1-14. I am 61 and I applied on line and did not use a lawyer. I had worked for over 40 years at same job. It was a physical job. Have back and feet problems. Good luck to everyone waiting.
can I get an answer on line
can I get an answer on line specific to my social security disability benefits payment for November 2013, not received yet although I did report it in December 2013
widow scocail s...
I am a widow and I did
I am a widow and I did remarry before I was 60. but I got a divorce 2 months before my 60th birthday. can I still get social security off my first husband. also my friend is getting social security off her first husband and she wants to know how long she has to wait to get married after she turns 60.
How long is back pay going to
How long is back pay going to take?
I was supposed to have had a
I was supposed to have had a bunion removed and when I woke from surgery I had a metal plate and 8 screws in my left foot, I also have sciatica a herniated disc, arthritis in my spine so I get the nerve root blocks, and I received short term which turned into long term disability because I can't work my job of manufacting. I have been denied 3 times and now I've been waiting on a hearing for 8 months. What can I do to push this along? My job hired a advocate for me but it seems as though they serve no purpose.
Last seen: 4 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 09/19/2012 - 11:09
Hi Denese, I'm sorry to hear
Hi Denese, I'm sorry to hear about everything you are going through. Unfortunately the Social Security Disability application process can take a very long time. The best thing you can do is to remain organized and persistent. Respond to the SSA's requests in a timely manner and check in on your case periodically. I hope things speed up for you!
I may have to pay back most
I may have to pay back most the back pay i got ffrom SSA for SSDI because of a possible error in the onset date of disability. I cannot afford this big payment. What are my options. Any petition available.
I was approved for ssd dec16
I was approved for ssd dec16 2013 i got my approval letter online and it describes what my monthly payments are and when im going to recieve them but i already gave ss my direct deposit information but on the web site it says paper check as the form of payment. So whats going on?
I Received My Fully
I Received My "Fully Favorable" Letter Dated 1/28/14. The Letter Did Not Include The Amount Of My "Back Pay", I Am Due. Nor Did It State What My Monthly Award Would Be Also, Am I Suppose To Apply For Benefits For My 2 Young Children?? Thank You.
chanda hanley
I call ssdi to find out my
I call ssdi to find out my satus and the lady told me that my decsion was in the mail and she can not tell me nothing why is that
Brad H
I can not believe there is no
I can not believe there is no one we can go see, phone a representative directly or email regarding my back pay. I was told in Sept 2013 that I was approved. They told me what my monthly deposit would be and the amount of my pay back. I have been calling the main office and then my local social security disability, every other week since 9/2013. I was told to call today 2/2014 if pmt wasn't depoited. Cindy at el cajon ca office told me she wouldn't beable to call me back today until 3:30pm. When I hadn't received her call back, I called the El Cajon office closes at 3:00 PM. She knew that and had no intention to call me back. We owe so many bills; living with my mom since 11/2012; something has to be done.


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