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.

Gary (not verified)
Sun, 10/02/2016 - 23:29 Permalink

I was approved from a judge back in early April. I got my first check in May. I was told I might need a payee, I went to my local office and was told there I was ok to make my own decessions and I didn't need a payee. I waited will Aug and called in and was told the payee thing was hanging it up at the payment center. I told them I came in and they saw all the notes and forwarded that info to the payment center. That was month and half ago, I called last week and spoke to someone again and said the note that was placed to the payment center from last person was gone.(but they said some times the payment center deletes notes) So they said we cant release till your lawyer is paid. I told them he was waiting to be paid. They checked all notes and system and said nothing should be holding the release of the payment to lawyer and would send a request to payment center to pay my lawyer! and then they release me back pay. Is there anything else I can do? I have medical needs and need to have things paid up from past and its like everytime I speak to someone they say they leave and note and call back in a month! Only to be told same things again !? any help please


In reply to by Gary (not verified)

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 10:21 Permalink

Hi Gary,
If you can give the SSA documentation of your urgent need for the money, they may be able to pay your back pay, or a part of it, more quickly.

Anonymous (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 00:46 Permalink

I heard some people talk about contacting congress person in your area? does this help? thanks


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 09:23 Permalink

Hi there,
Yes, contacting your congressperson may help in some circumstances.

alan (not verified)
Wed, 10/05/2016 - 22:53 Permalink

My back pay for SSDI was approved. On my online SS page it says 10/4/2016. Does this mean it was mailed a couple of days ago?


In reply to by alan (not verified)

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:01 Permalink

Hi Alan,
You would generally receive back pay about four months from the time you start receiving monthly benefits.

Virginia (not verified)
Thu, 10/06/2016 - 23:19 Permalink

I originally filed in 2012 was denied 4 months after I initially filed. We appealed it, got to have a hearing in 2013. I don't know if my lawyer appealed it or reapplied for me. But just had another hearing October 4th. The judge was very understanding of my illnesses. How long will it take to get a decision? And will the judge set a onset date for the original date ?


In reply to by Virginia (not verified)

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 10:43 Permalink

Hi Virginia,
Seeing as you have already had a hearing, you may know what your onset date is or is not in the letter that the judge will send in the next few months.

Dan (not verified)
Thu, 10/13/2016 - 00:47 Permalink

Yes, There are limits on back pay. The Judge decides when you became disabled. 3 Years after my initial injury for me. I'm receiving benefits after working for 33 years. Got my first 4 months so far. NO Back Pay yet. 12 months is max. I have 10 months coming minus attorney's fees. they say it takes 120 days- WORKING DAYS- That IS== 6 Months! It's been 5 months for me and they treat me like, "Why are you Even Asking"??

Kelly Goff (not verified)
Tue, 10/18/2016 - 00:18 Permalink

My husband had his ssdi hearing March 2016,he was approved. He got his first check June 1 .Then June 4 he got some of his back pay. We are trying to get all of his back pay because we wanted to purchase a home. We called social security and his lawyers. They Told us that IF my husband was to get all his ack pay, then he would no longer be "diasbled" .This makes no sense. What can we do?


In reply to by Kelly Goff (not verified)

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 13:12 Permalink

Hi Kelly,
If your husband was getting benefits based off of his income level, then may be correct. If you have income or resources larger than their limits for eligibility, then he would be considered ineligible for benefits.

Rob Stevens (not verified)
Wed, 10/19/2016 - 01:41 Permalink

Hello I have been waiting for 4 years and 7 months. I finally received a fully favorable decision from the review board on July 27, 2016 because the ALJ was a total jerk in 2013. I still cannot find out anything from my lawyer or Social Security as to how much my monthly payments or back pay will be. I did make an account on the website for "My Social Security". According to that site I should get $2141 per month - my wife is also disabled and gets $1200 per month and our 15 year old son gets $600 per month. Is there anything I can do to speed up the process and if nothing else is there someway I can find out what the real monthly pay and back pay will be?? We are beyond desperate food is incredibly scarce and I have not been able to license my vehicle since October 2015 because we have no money. Thank you for any help or ideas!!!


In reply to by Rob Stevens (not verified)

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:00 Permalink

HI Rob,
Yes, you may want to contact the SSA regarding this, if you're facing hardship they may be able to expedite your benefits.

Rob Stevens (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 04:36 Permalink

Well my apologies. I forgot to include that with the fully favorable decision I received on July 27 2016 I also received info that the two Social Security Judges did not approve my 2nd lawyer's fees. The first so called lawyer was a quack and I fired him. He was hired by my joke of a long term disabilty insurance company. And yes I am sorry I am bitter towards my LTD insurance place but they cut me off after two years - their "doctors" said that I could go back to work after never talking to me seeing me or anything else!!
The 2nd lawyer I hired sent a few lawyer letters and medical updates and wants to be paid $6000 and I don't care about that. I will pay that just to start getting money for my family.
I just don't know what else to do. Food is becoming very scarce - our propane that we use for heat and the water heater is starting to run low I have not been able to license my vehicle since October 2015 and our washer and dryer have all blown up!! What else do we have to go through?? Can you give us any ideas about what I should do from here on out???




In reply to by Rob Stevens (not verified)

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 09:49 Permalink

Hi Rob,
It may be a good idea to contact your state's social services for temporary heating assistance and any food banks that may be available in your area.

Cindy (not verified)
Wed, 10/19/2016 - 19:11 Permalink

I was approved on July 1 2016 after applying may 2013. I got my first month in September. My lawyer got paid on August 2nd. Now they say they are waiting on ssi. I never received ssi before. What's going on??? Please help. I had another heart attack 3 weeks ago. I noe have heart failure too. This is stressing me out.


In reply to by Cindy (not verified)

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 10:05 Permalink

Hi Cindy,
I'm sorry to hear about that!
You may meet the requirements for SSI benefits, which are an income-based benefit. It's common to apply for both, the lawyer may have done that on your behalf.

Bobbi (not verified)
Sun, 10/23/2016 - 21:05 Permalink

I have to have a payee with my back pay. I recived a large lump sum. My payee ripped me off. I need to get a new payee to get the rest of my back pay. How long do i have to do so


In reply to by Bobbi (not verified)

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:54 Permalink

Hi Bobbi,
I would contact the SSA regarding this, you can call them at 1-800-772-1213 to change your payee and report the person who stole your money.

Rachelle (not verified)
Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:29 Permalink

My father was approved disability back pay since 2013. He was approved Dec 2015 and passed away Feb 2016. The back pay was awarded to my siblings and I. S.S. has had the paperwork since April 2016. Still no payment and it's October! What could be the hold up?


In reply to by Rachelle (not verified)

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 13:01 Permalink

Hi Rachelle,
I'm sorry to hear that.
You may want to contact the SSA about this, you can do so at 1-800-772-1213

Kelly (not verified)
Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:54 Permalink

Hello I'm disabled already and I applied for my parents ssdi survivors I think it's called and it was back in aug. I have got a lot of different letters the last one I got is saying what they will pay but didn't say how much it's just saying they are withholding and it's now oct and I haven't heard nothing since and I know they are going back from years of back payment that is owed to me but what's taking so long to get back everytime I call they say it's pending i don't know what to do but wait I been waiting almost three months but got nothing no back pay or letter and I want to know if I am already disabled and my parent gets ssdi when I do receive the back pay will it be in lump sum or installments because I already get SSI but parent gets ssdi I'm confused please help asap


In reply to by Kelly (not verified)

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 09:36 Permalink

Hi kelly,
The SSA generally pays back pay for SSDI as a lump sum, and it generally takes around four months from when you start monthly benefits to get the lump sum.

Anonymous (not verified)
Fri, 10/28/2016 - 13:08 Permalink

I got my ssd on 10 18 2016 how long do it take from the payment center thay got it on 10 19 2016


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 13:36 Permalink

Hi there,
Generally payment times may depend on a variety of factors, including bank processing times and any waiting periods you may be in.

Robert (not verified)
Mon, 10/31/2016 - 16:36 Permalink

I filed back on August 23 2016. I got a letter stating my eod was July 15 2015. I dont understand the meaning of this or the 5 month thing can anyone help. Thanks


In reply to by Robert (not verified)

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 17:09 Permalink

Hi Robert,
You should be entitled to 8 months of retroactive payments. You were disabled for 13 months before applying, but the SSA will not count the first 5 months, which leaves you with 8 months of entitlement.

Tyren (not verified)
Tue, 11/01/2016 - 22:28 Permalink

Ssdi owe me pay from 2001 till 2016 how much back pay get back..

Anonymous (not verified)
Wed, 11/02/2016 - 08:59 Permalink

Well iam wondering when I get my first back pay money


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 09:17 Permalink

Hi there,
The SSA generally sends out back pay four months after you start receiving monthly benefits.

Johnnie (not verified)
Thu, 11/03/2016 - 02:00 Permalink

ssa said they gave clearance to the payment center that has my ssdi backpay
ive gottn one payment the 16th will be my second one do yu think i will get it with my next payment ? filed aug 28 2015 . approved dec 9 2015 they forgot to notify me cause of the holiday , i called a lawyer to help. he said file a new claim . i called ssa to do that they said i was approved 9mth ago lol crazy but im glad cus nw i have 23,000
for my girls nd me .

Johnnie (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 21:06 Permalink

how long before they release it everthing has been done they said 2weeks .could it come before then ?


In reply to by Johnnie (not verified)

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 09:35 Permalink

Hi Johnnie,
I really could not say as every case is different, but it sounds like you'd get your benefits in two weeks!

shalanda (not verified)
Thu, 11/03/2016 - 10:19 Permalink

hey i was approved in july i had a interview Oct 19 they said my benefits will start pn the 1 of nov but guess wat they didnt i called the local ssa the say its being viewed how long doesbthat usually takes

Rob (not verified)
Thu, 11/03/2016 - 12:09 Permalink

I have 4.5 years of back pay I am waiting for, my approval was 4 months ago, It went to the payment center, the judge stopped it because the attorney asked for to much. Now it is in the distribution center for deposit ? I was told it would be in my account in 1 to 2 weeks, it has been a month and still nothing :( what is the distribution center ?


In reply to by Rob (not verified)

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 13:31 Permalink

Hi Rob,
The distribution center is where the SSA disburses funds. I'm sorry to hear about that, but it sometimes takes longer due to issues like this.

Taryn (not verified)
Thu, 11/03/2016 - 15:30 Permalink

I just received my daughters disability award letter. At the interview her caseworker stated that she would be receiving backpay but she couldn't tell me the amount. On the award letter, there was no mention of backpay...does this mean that she is not receiving it? Filed in May...her benefits will begin in Dec


In reply to by Taryn (not verified)

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 15:47 Permalink

Hi Taryn,
I really could not say as I don't really have all the specifics, but it may be a good idea to contact the SSA regarding this, they may have made an error if your child is due back pay.

Bridget (not verified)
Fri, 11/04/2016 - 23:34 Permalink

I first applied for SSI in November 1997, denied repeatedly. Had court in September 2016 and the judge stated I've been disabled since 1997 to present. Does that mean I'll get backpay from them?


In reply to by Bridget (not verified)

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 10:07 Permalink

Hi Bridget,
You may be eligible for back pay from the time of your Established Onset Date, in some cases.

Anonymous (not verified)
Sat, 11/05/2016 - 10:44 Permalink

If i am approved in November there is no chance i could receive first check in December is there? Really need the money for bills.


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 10:04 Permalink

HI there,
It depends on which benefit you are receiving, but SSDI benefits have a five month waiting period for them to start.

Wil (not verified)
Tue, 11/08/2016 - 13:29 Permalink

I had my ssdi hearing on sept 13,2016, i've been waiting to receive any type of letter from SSDI, but havent heard anything. I tried calling and they ask me for a confimation # which i never recieved, i dont know where i am in this or how much longer i have to wait to find out? Also where can i obtain a confirmation #, i searched every bit of paperwork i have for this claim, i filed in person and had a ss agent file for me....

Still Wil (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 15:26 Permalink

I go on there everyday to see if i can even see the amount i would receive (if apporved) shows up, but there is nothing there. It says not available on amount i would receive and when i click on that it says it cant be shown because i resently applied for SSDI and/or medicare. There is nothing on there about confirmation numbers either??? Im just lost

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