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.

Candy (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 00:46 Permalink

If a partially favorable decision what onset date would be best guess at what the judge will go by ? First onset listed 10/2015, or the date the social security interviewer suggested based on my employment longevity of11/2014 or the date I turned “55” ? Which was in 2017


In reply to by Candy (not verified)

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 13:30 Permalink

Hi Candy,
There are many factors that determine an onset date, I could not say what yours would be as we don't have any information on your case as we are not affiliated with the SSA.

sam (not verified)
Wed, 01/31/2018 - 01:43 Permalink

Quick question i received my ssi backpay,
Now i wonder how long till i get my ssdi backpay.It has been 6months long on ssdi
Thanks for replay


In reply to by sam (not verified)

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 16:01 Permalink

Hi Sam,
SSDI back pay generally comes about four months after you start receiving monthly benefits.

Lola (not verified)
Thu, 02/01/2018 - 23:02 Permalink

Who can you call to check on back pay because when I call SSA they claim to know nothing about it?

Theresa Bagley (not verified)
Sun, 02/04/2018 - 20:12 Permalink

I have been waiting for 4 years for disabilty. How much back pay should i recieve?


In reply to by Theresa Bagley (not verified)

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:03 Permalink

Hi Theresa,
You may be eligible for benefits starting from your established onset date. I really could not say how much as it can vary.

Rick (not verified)
Mon, 02/05/2018 - 19:23 Permalink

Had my hearing Feb 2nd 2018. Judge made a fully fav for SDI and SSDI ruling from the bench. Informed her of my homelessness and financial situation. Will be owned 60,000 in back pay. Wondering if this might be fast tracked for paying me?


In reply to by Rick (not verified)

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 11:58 Permalink

Hi Rick,
You may be able to have it expedited due to dire need, you may want to contact the SSA regarding your case.

Traci (not verified)

In reply to by Rick (not verified)

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 13:32 Permalink

How did you find out the amount you would be payed and how long till you received it? I am in same boat with a fully favorable decision being processed but can not seem to get answers on the amount.


In reply to by Traci (not verified)

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 14:51 Permalink

Hi Traci,

All of that information should be in the letter you receive once a decision is made! You just may not have received it yet if it is still processing.

Anonymous (not verified)
Tue, 02/06/2018 - 12:31 Permalink

I applied in 2015 when I literally crawled up 3 flights of stairs after work. Due to arthritis and back pain. I was turned down because I tried to work. I applied again in 2017 because I couldn't work and pain was too great. I received a call from SSDI that I was now approved but would only get payment for 2018 not 2015. How is that right?


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:00 Permalink

Hi there,
If you re-apply rather than appeal your case, the SSA may use a later Established Onset of Disability (EOD) date for your case.

Karen (not verified)
Tue, 02/06/2018 - 18:16 Permalink

In the last serval years The only ssdi increased my money to 4 dollars. Wow unbelievable .......

Amanda (not verified)
Sat, 02/10/2018 - 04:35 Permalink

Hi I was recently approve for social security benefits January 2017 but I just started receiving my benefits this month... they saying the withholding my benefits from January 2017 to December 2017 an they said they may have to reduce it because I was receiving ssi at the time! My benefits check is 746.50 monthly an I was receiving 715 in ssi fir that year ... I was worderning if they do reduce it how much will they reduce it by

Timothy (not verified)
Sun, 02/11/2018 - 11:59 Permalink

I got approved and got my 1st check in January of 2018. when will I get my back pay as I actually applied in 2015. I am about to lose everything. I am receiving SSDI.

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