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I have been waiting five

I have been waiting five months for my back money, but the lawyer and ssi have been paid.

Hi there,

Hi there,
So sorry to hear that. This is unfortunately all too uncommon. Back pay can sometimes take over a year to arrive. Hopefully yours comes much earlier than that!

Same here 5 months no back

Same here 5 months no back pay I did receive ssi back pay5 months ago but I still have sad to com

Hi there,

Hi there,
It may be a good idea to contact the SSA and confirm that you are still eligible for benefits, you can do so at 1-800-772-1213

I received my ssd award

I received my ssd award letter today anyone know how soon you get back pay? or monthly benifits? does it ever come before the actual date that they state? anything would be helpful thanks!

Hi Jen,

Hi Jen,
I hate to break it to you, but it's very unlikely that your back pay will come before the date the SSA states it will. It'll usually come within four months of the date you receive your first direct deposit.

I filed back in july, got my

I filed back in july, got my money deposited into my account on friday. Haven't received my award letter yet....

That's pretty strange, Diane.

That's pretty strange, Diane. You should call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to see where your award letter is.

Tom Romano
I have been very surprised to

I have been very surprised to see that most people on SSDI do not know that their benefits are being cut by 19% at the end of 2016.

Hi Tom,

Hi Tom,
This hasn't been confirmed yet. There is still ample opportunity for congress to modify the current situation and prevent this.

Any Update on this SSDI 2016

Any Update on this SSDI 2016 19% benefit reduction? I've heard nothing about this...

SSDI is not being reduced

SSDI is not being reduced this year. The decision has been pushed back to 2022.



Hi Michell, We agree, it is!

Hi Michell,
We agree, it is!

That is not true,it has been

That is not true,it has been pushed out to 2020.

Hi David,

Hi David,
We didn't know that! Thanks for letting us know!

Hi Eva. I hope SS has finally

Hi Eva. I hope SS has finally caught up with your husband's back pay. I had my hearing with the ALJ on March 18. Received my Fully-Favorable decision on April 27 and just received my award letter last week stating amounts (per month) of back pay dating back to Jan 2013. Here we are late in May and my bills are piling up, so I was just curious how long it took from award letter to deposit of back pay. Thank you in advance for your reply, and best of luck to you and yours.

I'm in calif and was

I'm in calif and was approved's July.2015...still not recd backpay..went into office last week said processing center was waiting for email from them regarding not qualifying for ssi and said they would send email to confirm email...still no backpay

Once it's at the

Once it's at the processing center it will search all agencies if you owe money to your lawyer,child support workers comp and ect. Then after this is completed they will send it to the payment center and will take up to 30 days for your back pay,lump sum to be issued.

My social security disability

My social security disability was all passed I am waiting for my lump sum to be direct deposit does anybody know how long that takes

Hi there,

Hi there,
If you're getting SSDI benefits, then it should start about five months from now. If you're receiving SSI benefits, then it may take until the start of next month.

I had never heard this. What

I had never heard this. What are all the agencies that can take your back pay? Is there a link to a list online? I'm curious because my back pay is late.

Hi Christine,

Hi Christine,
I am not aware of any other agency other than the SSA being able to take back pay benefits, either.

Jeff beach
Hi I have a question.. I&#039

Hi I have a question.. I'm actually waiting for a hearing here in northern California.. the lawyer filed for my hearing on 2/17/16.. any ways I was turned down twice prior.. I have been seeing a doctor reregular for my issues.. I have had major brain surgery twice, back and neck problems.. from the brain surgeries my balance is very off, sperch and vision problems, long term memory, I can't close my eyes or I'll fall, I have to hold onto something when I walk, can't walk 50' with out knee and back pain, im on pain meds.. there is much more.. stage 3 kidney failure.. are my chaces good of winning my case in front of judge.. how long was the wait here in ca for your hearing.. my date on my application is 5/7/15 and my onset date is 7/5/13.. this wait is killing me.. I have to much anxiety.. very stressful.. hope you have good news for me..


Hi Jeff,

Hi Jeff,
The average wait time for an ALJ hearing is about 17 months.

Hi bryan.. I'm going on

Hi bryan.. I'm going on my 9th month waiting.. uggg it's so long and the anxiety.. from what I stated and having a attorney. What u think my chances are..

Bryan, also I do not have

Bryan, also I do not have drivers license due to medical reasons

Hi Jeff,

Hi Jeff,
I really could not say what your chances are exactly, but having legal representation always helps!

Hi again.. my doctor just

Hi again.. my doctor just sent my attorny a letter stating my conditions and what's wrong but also stated that I cannot work full time 8hrs a day 52 weeks a year.. and that I would need short days with extra breaks and accommodation.. is that what I needed

Hi Jeff,

Hi Jeff,
That would probably go a long way in helping get your claim approved.

Grrr.. I'm going on 11

Grrr.. I'm going on 11 month of waiting for a hearing.. I was denied twice prior.. and I had also filed 2 times before that and was denied, but at that time I wasn't really seeing a doctor reregularly.. now I am at least every two months.. doctor did give attorney letter stating her opinion that I cannot work full time 8hrs a day 52 week a year.. and if I did work it have to be short days with extra breaks.. I cannot drive due to my medical problems, I do not even have my license.. I'm in pain every day.. I'd hate to know what the pain will be when I'm older.. the average wait time here in sacramento is 17 months I believe and I'm going on 11, hopefully Ill hear something soon.. I do have a attorney.. my attorny filed for hearing on 2/17/16, my original application date is 6/19/15 and my onset date is 7/05/13... thanks everyone.. I'm just stressing alot..

Hi Jeff,

Hi Jeff,
Hang in there! The fact that you've got a hearing date seems pretty promising. Good luck!

Trust me, it'll be well

Trust me, it'll be well worth it when it's all over.

HI Michael,

HI Michael,
Thanks for sharing! It's true, being awarded benefits is a great boon to many people.

Connie pugh
Waiting on my social security

Waiting on my social security case decision it's been a month

Hi Connie,

Hi Connie,

Generally it takes around four months for back pay to arrive after the start of monthly benefits.

Best Wishes,

The average may be 17 months

The average may be 17 months but I've been waiting 3 years from the day I was injured almost exactly for my hearing tomorrow I was injured in November of 2013 for some reason they have my onset date as August 2014 anyway I've been waiting 3 years and I finally have my hearing tomorrow 17 months my ass

Hi Dave,

Hi Dave,
I'm sorry to hear that! Sometimes the wait times may vary based on where you apply for benefits.

Hi Laura,

Hi Laura,
I am sorry to hear that you still have not received your back pay. When did you receive your first disability check? Back pay usually comes within 120 days of receiving your first check, although sometimes it can take longer.

I never received ssi for my

I never received ssi for my child when was in school. He graduated in 94, can he still receive what's owed to him while he was in school

Hi Josephine,

Hi Josephine,
You'll need to contact the SSA about this. I am not sure if he is entitled to benefits from 20 years ago, but they will be able to point you in the right direction.

Could someone inform me on

Could someone inform me on how Social Security back pay is computed

Kelly, it is important to

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 just got a letter yesterday

i just got a letter yesterday about being fully approved so whats next? my lawyer said i will get 2yrs back pay, do i wait or go to ss office?

Hi Mary,

Hi Mary,
You currently do not have to do anything. All of your income will be deposited directly into your account.

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.

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.

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:

My confirmation # was found

My confirmation # was found on the Social Security Administration retirement, survivors and disability insurance form. The form that this letter is is SSA - L2 (9/2008) it's basically has sent the letter they sent me saying they have received my completed application. It gives a telephone number I am not sure where you are but the number but it's giving me is 866-964-1725 and that is for Kern County California and you will be on hold for a while but calling the Social Security Administration office closest to you they will give you your confirmation number so you can log on. I'm not sure if this helped at all but I hope it does and there is a second way to log on to the Social Security website and that is going to the the top right corner it says sign in click on that and set up and online login account and that will actually if you can get it to let you make the account will give you more information than the site you are seeing which is asking for your social security or claim number and confirmation number. I do hope that helps a little bit because if you do have an attorney I dunno after the hearing there not much help good luck

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.


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