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.

Jeff (not verified)
Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:03 Permalink

How long and in what increments does ssdi pay back all back pay.


In reply to by Jeff (not verified)

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:26 Permalink

Hi Jeff,

You usually get backpay within 90 days after approval. For SSDI, you should get backpay one lump-sum payment.

Margie (not verified)

In reply to by Eric

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 10:37 Permalink

What if the backpay is large? Like over $60,000? Still lump sum?


In reply to by Margie (not verified)

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 15:26 Permalink

Hi Margie,

That seems like a lot for one lump some. For that unique situation, I would ask a SSA representative.

johnny (not verified)
Sun, 04/22/2018 - 17:35 Permalink

jan 13 2017 my legg was amputated i got a lawer now and im going threw the process of disibality when do they give you your back pay?after its all said and done?

Connie (not verified)
Wed, 04/25/2018 - 15:59 Permalink

I was approved at my hearing on April 4, 2018. When should I expect to hear from the Social Security Office about monthly payments or back pay. I know they have to tell everyone 90 days. I've heard nothing yet and it's been 3 weeks. Anxious !!!

Kerri (not verified)
Thu, 05/10/2018 - 11:04 Permalink

How can i found out if i wikk be getting my ssi and ssd

Earlene (not verified)
Thu, 05/10/2018 - 16:38 Permalink

I started receiving my benefits in March I was wondering how long before I receive my back pay


In reply to by Earlene (not verified)

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 14:22 Permalink

Hi Earlene,

Typically, the first installment of back pay comes about four months after you receive your first payment.

Anonymous (not verified)
Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:16 Permalink

What does it really mean when they say they made a medical decision


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:41 Permalink

Hi There,

It means they made a decision regarding your case and they are in the process of finalizing the decision. You should be hearing something in the near future.

Kenneth Earl Berry (not verified)
Thu, 05/31/2018 - 00:12 Permalink

I recently was approved for SSI. I received my 1st back on time. I recently requested emergency back pay and was approved. I bought a car with my 1st back pay. it now needs to be repaired, can i get emergency back pay to have it repaired,

Joyce K Myers (not verified)
Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:29 Permalink

Will I get my 7 months back pay while my case was reviewed again, and approved

Anonymous (not verified)
Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:59 Permalink

I started getting my first check in March 2018 it is now June and I haven't received my back pay I really need and would like to know what could be the hold up I have read that you should receive the check with in 60 days can I please get a honest answer


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:11 Permalink

Hi There,

It can sometimes take up to 4 months from your first payment to receive your first installment of back pay.

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