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.

Tabby (not verified)
Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:03 Permalink

I applied for disability on 10/3/14. I had a hearing on December 22,2015 and denied benefits on 2/16/16. Applied for an appeal on 3/4/16 and received a reman letter on 3/17/17. The judge did not address all of my medical impairments that met the disability guidelines, she was more concerned of me grandson.
As of today my case is activated and is in the hearing office. My question is,do I have a chance of a favorable decision before or at the hearing?


In reply to by Tabby (not verified)

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 15:38 Permalink

Hi Tabby,

Every case and judge is different, so I cannot say for sure whether you have your case will be favorable or not. I would recommend speaking to your lawyer about that.

Best of Luck

Anita (not verified)
Thu, 04/13/2017 - 20:47 Permalink

Hi I was thinking about applying for disability, but not sure if I get an a attorney or not ? I'm only 24 but have really bad back problems, haven't not really seen that many Drs. because of the cost, but have seen one in urgent care Dr. that says I need to see a specialist but I really can't afford a regular Dr. let alone a specialist , and have a hard time keeping a job, kinda stuck between a rock and a hard place any suggestions. I have heard applying can take along time too to get a decision. I just help on decided on what to do thanks .

Jayln (not verified)
Sat, 04/15/2017 - 06:15 Permalink

what is the difference between, SSD and SSDI, I just found out was received for SSD but the SSDI is still pending, and will I get back pay for that is well the SSDI if approved?


In reply to by Jayln (not verified)

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:20 Permalink

Hi Jayln,

SSD and SSDI are the same thing (Social Security Disability). You do receive back pay once you qualify for SSD.

Best of Luck

Tony (not verified)
Sat, 04/15/2017 - 18:44 Permalink

My wife got approved for SSDI and got her first check in February her eod is January 2013 will she get back pay.

Anonymous (not verified)
Sat, 04/15/2017 - 20:54 Permalink

Why wasn't I awarded backpay ssdi


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 14:17 Permalink


I am sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, we cannot answer that question because we are not affiliated with the SSA. You can contact them directly at 1-800-772-1213 to ask any specific questions regarding your case.

Best of Luck,

Mi (not verified)
Sat, 04/15/2017 - 20:59 Permalink

I now get ssdi but no mention of backpay?


In reply to by Mi (not verified)

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:13 Permalink

Hi Mi,

It generally takes 5 months to receive back pay once you qualify for SSDI benefits.

Best of Luck,

Brenda (not verified)
Sun, 04/16/2017 - 23:11 Permalink

I waited from November 2010 thru November 2016 before I was approved for my SSI and that was with a lawyer.It went all the way to federal court. Now I'm just waiting for the back pay I wish I knew how long it will take to get my back pay. If anyone knows that would be great thanks


In reply to by Brenda (not verified)

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:09 Permalink

Hi Brenda,

There is generally a 5 month waiting period for back pay once you are qualified for SSDI.

Best of Luck,

Iris (not verified)
Mon, 04/17/2017 - 06:21 Permalink

what is the difference between SSI and SSD, say approved for SSD but SSI is still pending?


In reply to by Iris (not verified)

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:01 Permalink

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal assistance program designed to provide income to aged, blind, or disabled people who have limited assets with which to support themselves.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federally run benefits program that provides aid to people who are unable to achieve gainful employment due to a permanent disabling condition.

Best Regard,

renfrot (not verified)
Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:19 Permalink

I have had 2 hearing ,seen by 2 diff judges ,thanks to the the Appeals Council.It has now been 6 mos. AND the judge made me forfeit the 4 out of 5 yr lump ,for quicker Approval -- because I can't get medical attention until I get my SSI.I gave up ALL that money, because I'm desperate and in pain AND be abuse he told my attorney he'll deny me o5herwise and I'll have to reapply and be automatically approved -- So my attorney will be screwed out of being paid too --- So,I agreed and forfeited it 2 mos ago---been waiting 6 AND have had to go w/o medical attention and all my meds for 8 mos becuz the SSI hadn't deemed me disabled yet (state cutbacks) and the state cut me off the Medicaid.Im at a total loss.I have lost EVERYTHING due to toxic mold-- on top of it all.So,I'm literally laying on a floor,sick,in pain, and wishing my disease could just kill me.Cant get a response from my attorney via email or over phone.Theyre answering service even sent an emergency priority message to them,STILL no response.I don't know what to do.Im so tired, I don't think. I'll last much longer 48 lbs- lost,for no reason-- now down to 98 lbs. -- I'm scared and I'm curious how to find out what's going on beings my attorneys won't answer.

Laurie (not verified)
Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:24 Permalink

My husband applied for disability in feb 2016. We heard nothing from disability so in aug. 2016 he applied for early retirement and got his retirement. Now in april 2017 disability said that they found him disabled in feb 2016 and he would now receive disability benefits. My question is will he still get disability back pay now from Aug 2016?

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