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.

Bryan

In reply to by Marc (not verified)

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:40 Permalink

Hi Marc,
Generally back pay is paid four months after you start receiving your monthly benefits, so you may get your back pay about four months from March 2, 2016.

Marc (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 19:29 Permalink

Bryan,
I signed up to the ssa (dot) gov website, where they tell me my next scheduled payments. Will backpay show up on this? I'm 27 days away from hitting my 4 months, and I haven't seen anything show up on there other than my monthly payments. Will it show up or is this being sent through another department? Like the treasury.

Bryan

In reply to by Marc (not verified)

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 10:13 Permalink

Hi Marc,
You might be able to find out the status of your back pay by calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213.

Anonymous (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 09:43 Permalink

I call that number weekly and all they say is, "processessing" under my status. And that is all they tell me. It sounds almost scripted. One time a lady complained to me how back logged they were. Then I explained how my lawyer and children have been paid, but not me. I also signed up on ssa dot gov. I can see my monthly payments, but nothing pending on the backpay.

Marc (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 05:58 Permalink

So I called the call center once again (been doing this almost weekly), and they said the claim was through calculating whether or not I was owed SSI. Though I repeatedly told them I did not apply for SSI, and did not want SSI, they still had to take 4 months to make sure. Anyway, the lady was the first of at least 15 different people I called, and the only one that actually called the payment center to find out. She put in an urgent request to release funds...and told me it would be 7-10 days from now.
So this would put me at exactly 4 months and 2 days from my first payment I believe. (Not holding my breath, but will let everyone know when I get it)

Deanna

In reply to by Marc (not verified)

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 16:31 Permalink

What an absolute drag, Marc! Hopefully they'll release that payment soon. I've heard it usually takes around four months to get.

Marc (not verified)

In reply to by Deanna

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 23:25 Permalink

Got it July 1st. But didn't get the full amount I was expecting. $35,000 - $6000 for the lawyer, equals 29,000 but I ended getting 24,000. Somewhere a magical 5,000 disappeared.

Bryan

In reply to by Marc (not verified)

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 12:41 Permalink

Hi Marc,
You may want to contact your lawyer's office to confirm their amount of the payment, and also contact the SSA about this as they would be able to help you account for the missing $5,000.

Marc (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 22:56 Permalink

Ok, so I've been rounding off the number here for simplicity. My original award letter in February said I'd get $35,830.80. Minus the $6,000 for the lawyer. So I was expecting $29,830.80. I get $24,440.70...so I was roughly saying I'm missing $5,000. ($5,390)
Then I got a letter on the 5th saying they had to withhold some money. They said I'd receive a check for $24,440.70 (which I got) and that they would pay the lawyer $6,000. But they also said my past due benefits are $53,724.80. I think they must have misprinted it and switched the 5 and 3. Still, if it is $35,724.80...there is a $106 in difference between the amount they said I was owed. Or $17,894 if the $53k number is accurate.
So today I check my account, and I have a deposit of $6,066.80. So now I'm totally lost! That would put my total backpay as: $30,507.50...and that doesn't leave room for the $6,000 for the lawyer...which he said he's already been paid! Only thing I can think of is $6,066.80 - $5,390 = $676.80...which may have been a reimbursement for paying into medicare the first few months, which they determined I didn't have too and it would be free.
IDK...I'll call my lawyer tomorrow and see if he has anything different.

Bryan

In reply to by Marc (not verified)

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 09:47 Permalink

Hi Marc,
That definitely may be a good idea, as the SSA may make mistakes when paying out back pay.

Sara (not verified)

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 16:02 Permalink

Did your back pay amount ever show up on the website or did you get an exact date your payment would be posted.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 05/12/2016 - 17:38 Permalink

I got my reward letter for ssdi with the amount of my reward after they took the lawyer fee out today, I have already receive my last lump sum for ssi ,because I will not be getting ssi any longer ,and my ssdi,first payment start on the 3rd of next month so how some will I receive my back pay for ssdi? Thanks Chelle.

Bryan

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:22 Permalink

Hi Chelle,
the SSA usually pays back pay four months after the first benefit check arrives.

Sleepy (not verified)
Thu, 05/12/2016 - 23:01 Permalink

Just received my award letter telling me when I get my 1st payment and how much my back pay is. Just wanting to know when the bk pay is coming

Bobby (not verified)
Fri, 05/13/2016 - 17:04 Permalink

Ok so the attorney got 10,000 out of 18,900 how long until we get the remainder?

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