SSDI length of time for back pay?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 11/18/2012 - 00:19

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.


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 11:48 Permalink

Hi There,

Each case is different! There are a variety of factors that contribute to you benefits amount (like cost of living, medications needed, etc.). Your rewards letter should tell you how much you'll be receiving.

Jeronisha Nelson (not verified)

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:10 Permalink

1-4-20 The processing center stating looking waiting on my Disability back pay when you think it would come

Anonymous (not verified)
Tue, 10/27/2015 - 15:41 Permalink

My daughter was turned down 2 x in the past she got a disability lawyer finally approved she applied...9/2012....
..Approved. Aug 2015 Does That mean that she would get all that Back pay ..from 9/2012 Til now.


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 09:36 Permalink

Hi there,
It sounds like she will! That is a long time to wait. Assuming she didn't restart the claim from the beginning, she should be eligible for a couple of years of back pay.

Janica Barnes (not verified)

In reply to by Deanna

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 02:05 Permalink

Yes that's the same as me. I've been fight since 4/2014 and they just approved me 4/2017 I am receiving back pay for every month they missed. The only thing is I don't know when the back pay is coming or how much each installment will be . Any advice?


In reply to by Janica Barnes (not verified)

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 15:01 Permalink

Hi Jessica,

I am sorry to hear that. You should reach out to the SSA regarding how much each installment will be. As for the length its not always black and white since cases vary from type to type.

Best of Luck,


In reply to by Jan (not verified)

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 09:36 Permalink

Hi Jan,
This could be true. It would depend on when your Established Onset Date (EOD) is. Your EOD is when the SSA decides you became disabled. It's often when people apply, but the judge could push it forward.

Diane (not verified)

In reply to by Deanna

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 23:38 Permalink

I applied in 2013 oct. Was denied 2 times finally went to alj hearing aug 2016 and judge pushed my EOD to july 2015 i was sent to CE with orthopedic doctor alj [judge] recieved new evidence put on record. And now im waiting for approval letter my lawyer said 45-60 working days for letter about past tht. Now my question is. Do they take this long to tell you your not approved or what

Dianne (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 07:45 Permalink

I applied 7/2013 had a hearing 11/15/2016 got my approval letter 2/2017 it's monthly check is scheduled for 3/22/2017 no idea when my back pay will arrive local office told me it could take 6 months due to short staff and number of trainees.


In reply to by Dianne (not verified)

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:24 Permalink

HI Dianne,
Thanks for sharing! Generally it takes around four months for back pay to arrive after the start of monthly benefits.

Teresa (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 10:05 Permalink

Hi Dianne

I applied for SSDI and SSD both June 26, 2011 and my initial date that they put I filed for it was November 29, 2011 and was denied 3× but had an Appeal hearing August 9, 2016 .... Was finally awarded SSDI and SSD both ... I received a letter in the mail January 18, 2017 stating that the Decision = Fully Favorable
March 8, 2017 I received a check for the backpay ( lump sum )
March 13, 2017 ( yesterday ) I received a letter from SSA letting me know that I would be receiving a check for the backpay and how much it would be ... And letting me know how much each monthly payment will be etc ...... Kind of backwards right ??? Lol but finally I can get my bills paid

Michelle (not verified)

In reply to by Teresa (not verified)

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 02:49 Permalink

Can anyone tell me if there backpack is going all the way back or just a year.

Phillip Ledbetter (not verified)

In reply to by Teresa (not verified)

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 11:36 Permalink

Did your lump sum check, you referred to, come as a check in the mail? Or direct deposit in your checking account?

I case is similar in terms of years, months, process and decision

Thank you, kindly -- God Bless!!!


In reply to by Phillip Ledbetter (not verified)

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 16:14 Permalink

Hi Phillip,
The SSA may direct deposit your lump sum into the account you had specified, if you had done so.

blossom (not verified)

In reply to by Teresa (not verified)

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 19:56 Permalink

Happy for you, my husband just got approved, after being turned down he filed Jan 2016, SSDI chg EOD to 02.01.17. Doesn't seem fair, but what can you say.

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