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.

Joseph (not verified)

In reply to by Deanna

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 20:52 Permalink

I called a few hours ago my backpay was released today so expecting it soon! Crazy cause this was my first time applying for disability and I actually received it. Well will...7 months time frame


In reply to by Joseph (not verified)

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 12:19 Permalink

Hi Joseph,
Thanks for sharing your story! It definitely is a wait, but it's true that it does come in eventually!

Maria green (not verified)
Tue, 08/02/2016 - 15:08 Permalink

Will I receive back pay 5 months before I applied it said it on statement by lawyer


In reply to by Maria green (not verified)

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 16:15 Permalink

Hi Maria,
You would not be able to receive back pay prior to applying ( as you would have to apply to receive back pay), however you may be eligible for back pay for the months prior to your application.

Olivia (not verified)
Thu, 08/04/2016 - 14:18 Permalink

Do i qualify for back pay if I got ssdi approved? I'm so confused and stressed out because I need the money right away. I've been receiving ssdi since June 2016

Jamie (not verified)
Sat, 08/06/2016 - 16:46 Permalink

I originally applied for SSDI in 2010. I even got a hearing. I miss the hearing and decided to try working again. Working failed so I reapplied in 2014 . Will disability payments go back to original application date? . Diagnosed bipolar II in 2009.

Jamie (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 17:07 Permalink

I worked full time but less than six months each year

Nicole (not verified)
Mon, 08/08/2016 - 02:12 Permalink

My girlfriend was approved for ssi in 2014 she applied in 2011the judge only back dated to 2012 so She went back to court to see if she can get it back from the first time applying. She was granted it. How long will it take to revive her back money


In reply to by Nicole (not verified)

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 10:42 Permalink

Hi Nicole,
I'm not entirely sure, but if you contact the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 they may be able to help you find out when your girlfriend would receive her money.

Steve (not verified)
Mon, 08/08/2016 - 13:16 Permalink

After 5 years of being homeless and on the streets, I finally got fully approved for ssdi on Nov.24th 2015... I received my first check on feb. 24th, and said my back pay would get here within 60-90 days.. after several lies and mixups, it has been nealy ten months, and I have received no back pay yet, my health is not real good I have rotting sand infected teeth witch are affecting my health and possibly my heart..I have tried and tried... now they won't even give me a time frame!! I worked hard all my life... this is unfair.. sincerely Steve


In reply to by Steve (not verified)

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 17:11 Permalink

Hi Steve,
I'm sorry to hear all that! It's possible that you may have not been eligible for back pay, unfortunately.

Angelia smith (not verified)
Wed, 08/10/2016 - 12:03 Permalink

Hi I sign my son up April 11, long do it take and will I hear something


In reply to by Angelia smith (not verified)

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 13:29 Permalink

Hi Angelia,
Cases can vary in response time, but they it's possible you may have missed a letter. You may want to contact the SSA as they can give you the most up-to-date information on your case.

Karen (not verified)
Fri, 08/12/2016 - 14:55 Permalink

Hi. I would like to known whether i can still claim disability benefits from sss. I had my total hysterectomy done 3 years ago.


In reply to by Karen (not verified)

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 15:06 Permalink

Hi Karen,
You may be able to if you are unable to work due to your condition. If you do apply, keep in mind that many applications are denied initially and it may be a good idea to contact a disability advocate or attorney. If you fill out the form on the left, we can have one reach out to you.

Anonymous (not verified)
Sat, 08/13/2016 - 21:50 Permalink

Ive called and called the ss office and they dont seem to b movin as quickly as they should nither the payment center just to even give me a monthly check and me wait alittle longer for my back pay monies owed to me.bottom line is i did all i had to do and finally im recignosed and still nothing im just sad if its mine now show just alittle consideration

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