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.

Wil (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 16:20 Permalink

No need to post this just wanted to thank u for ur assistance Bryan

Ronny7 (not verified)
Wed, 11/09/2016 - 18:27 Permalink

I have received my first check how long before I get back pay


In reply to by Ronny7 (not verified)

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 09:44 Permalink

Hi Ronny,
the SSA generally waits about four months after you start receiving benefits to send out back pay.

Monica (not verified)
Wed, 11/09/2016 - 21:58 Permalink

I have received my second Social security payment and also for this month.when will I receive my disability backpay? My 90 days are up.? I know its very hard trying to make ends meet.Four years of this.It's so very sad,I have worked all my life sometimes2 full time jobs just to take care of my children.Four years ago I could no longer work.That has been the hardest thing in my life to live with.Going back and forth to doctors paying for my medicines etc.I have payed into social security all my life,this is a system I just dont understand.Have never asked for any type of goverment services,now all I need is the packpay owed to me,in 2014 I lost my home after 16 years,something I worked so hard for my children and myself.I have always followed the rules and laws of our land,never even had a speeding ticket.But going through this process has made me so depress and sadden.People just don't seem to care about your well being,The lawyers don't care,they seem to care in the beginning but after they get paid they don't even want to talk to you anymore.I have no offsets,when I spoke to social security office I was told I would receive it within 90 days,but that has not happened.God Help us all.


In reply to by Monica (not verified)

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 09:47 Permalink

Hi Monica,
The SSA usually takes about four months from when you first receive monthly benefits to send out back pay, if the recipient is eligible.

Gibson (not verified)
Thu, 11/10/2016 - 14:14 Permalink

I was told by my lawyer 10\03\16 that I had won. Had a phone interview a week or so later. I haven't gotten a letter yet.....Was wonder when and if there is a set time for my monthly benefit to begin. I will be getting back pay, but I realize this will come later. Thanks in advance!


In reply to by Gibson (not verified)

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 16:41 Permalink

Hi there,
every case may take a different length of time as they are all different, however if approved you would receive benefits five months after approval for SSDI benefits, and you would receive back pay four months after that.

Leah (not verified)
Sat, 11/12/2016 - 10:45 Permalink

My husband was awarded disability June22 He died JJuly 2. His father said the back pay doesn't go to me. Social Security says it does. Our daughter and myself receive a monthly benefit. But I have yet to receive a back pay check .


In reply to by Leah (not verified)

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 10:09 Permalink

Hi Leah,
I'm sorry to hear about that! You may want to contact the SSA regarding your husband's back pay, their number is 1-800-772-1213

Shannelynne37 (not verified)
Sat, 11/12/2016 - 14:22 Permalink

I've received two disablity checks so far how long does it take to recieve back pay.


In reply to by Shannelynne37 (not verified)

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 10:10 Permalink

Hi there,
Back pay generally takes about four months from when you start receiving benefits to be sent to the recipient.

annoyed (not verified)
Tue, 11/15/2016 - 20:58 Permalink

If you received ssi and found out later you were eligible for ssdi five years ago will you get back pay.

Doug Lang (not verified)
Sat, 11/19/2016 - 20:37 Permalink

I'm 59 yrs old and finally got fully favorable decision from ALJ hearing. Decision letter came on October 20, 2016. He set my onset date at July 31, 2012. So it's been almost 48 months when you subtract the 5 month hold. My backpay is $105,000. My lawyer told me that I won't get backpay for my 11 yr old son. I have no idea why she said that. He lives with me and my wife fulltime and I help take care of him on a daily basis. I talked to someone at SS and they said he would be entitled to backpay and 50% monthly benefits going forward. Can anyone verify that! Should I go apply for him now (30 days after my decision letter)? Reading the posts here it seems he may get the backpay much sooner than I will. It's a lot of money, $50,000. I've been waiting almost 5 years with no income. Anyone have advice on this?


In reply to by Doug Lang (not verified)

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 16:20 Permalink

Hi Doug,
It may be a good idea to apply for him now if he was not on the initial application. He may not get back pay any sooner, however he may be eligible for benefits.

Latricia (not verified)
Sun, 11/20/2016 - 20:50 Permalink

I received my first disability payment July 13 of this year & was told different dates that I receive my back payment. Now my question is how much longer do I have to wait it's been four months already.


In reply to by Latricia (not verified)

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 16:20 Permalink

Hi Latricia,
I'd say your back pay may be coming soon, however it's always a good idea to check with the SSA regarding your back pay.

Candy (not verified)
Sun, 11/27/2016 - 14:36 Permalink

I applied for social security 2015 got denied did an appeal and October of 2016 I got a call from social security asking me to fax over my sick pay stubs that my employer was paying me at some point so I did that and heard nothing back then I get a questionnaire in the mail for me to fill out I did and sent it back does this mean I'm approve or about to be


In reply to by Candy (not verified)

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 13:56 Permalink

Hi Candy,
It's really impossible to know for sure--the SSA likely just needs additional clerical information. Best of luck with your claim!

anonymous (not verified)
Mon, 11/28/2016 - 21:07 Permalink

I was awarded disability in August 2016 have started receiving benefits but as of today haven't gotten by back pay yet and it's been three months. Have contacted my local office and told me it's at the final stages of signing off. My attorney and myself have been contacting Baltimore head office about my back pay. It's just crazy it's my own money.


In reply to by anonymous (not verified)

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:17 Permalink

Hi there,
Your back pay often comes around four months after you begin receiving benefits. So if you just started getting benefits now, your back pay may not come until next year.

just waiting (not verified)
Mon, 11/28/2016 - 23:58 Permalink

my onset date Sept 2011 received case fully approved by judge July 2016 first check Nov 2016 Still waiting for back pay. Was not approved for SSI
How much longer i have to wait for back pay.


In reply to by just waiting (not verified)

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:18 Permalink

Hi there,
If you just got your first check now, I would expect your back pay to arrive in February or March of next year.

Anonymous (not verified)
Tue, 11/29/2016 - 18:45 Permalink

Once back pay for ssd is released and its posted on your my social security web page. Does that mean ur are going to receive that amount posted or can they still reduce it for other dedts


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 15:20 Permalink

Hi there,
You should! The only exception would be if you used an attorney and your attorney has not been paid yet.

Anonymous (not verified)
Wed, 11/30/2016 - 17:44 Permalink

How much back pay do you get on disability


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:52 Permalink

Hi there,
That all depends on how long you wait to get approved. If you wait more than 5 months, you will be entitled to some back pay. Some people who wait for years earn $30,000 or more.

Charles (not verified)
Wed, 11/30/2016 - 23:27 Permalink

I filed in Oct. 2012 for a disability that began in March, 2012. I was denied w/ an attorney at my hearing in one state. I fired my atty & appealed to the appeals council. They kicked it back to another judge quickly and he reheard my case. i then had to move to another state bc of those health conditions worsening.

'That' judge tried to include testimony from experts that weren't at my hearing. I almost missed that when they sent that info to me in the new state. When I finally did find it on the cd (disc) they sent, I objected. Instead of deciding, he sent it for a 3rd hearing before a judge in my new state. I was in & out of the hearing in 10 minutes & they were not at all confrontational like the 2nd & even first judge.

The second judge asked me about small monetary awards I received from 2 car accidents. He asked about the 'money' and not the inuries. I was so tired from driving there & representing myself I didn't think to object right on the spot as I should have.

The third judge approved me by mail about 8 weeks after my hearing. The letter arrived a few weeks ago. I figure I will receive 51 months of so of disability pay according to the award letter's date of onset, 3/2012. I guess I'll be waiting a while for that as a SS rep told me zero interest is paid on those monies. I had no lawyer the rest of the way & the first lawyer signed off on any fees. Hang in there if your'e in the fight. Don't ever give up. I could not start over as my eligibility ran out over that almost 5 years.


In reply to by Charles (not verified)

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:53 Permalink

Hi Charles,
I don't think you'll receive 51 months if you've restarted your application a couple of times--you could receive up to 12 months of retroactive payments though!

Tammy (not verified)
Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:50 Permalink

I went to court on August 22,2016.Im still waiting.i was told it was sent to the processing center on the 10th of November.Does anyone know how long it takes to get your money from the processing center ?

M C (not verified)
Fri, 12/02/2016 - 13:13 Permalink

I received my retroactive letter in May 2016 then I received my first monthly payment for SSDI in July 2016 and I have called numerous times and to this day have yet to receive my backpay...Everytime I call they tell me they will send a managers email and I still haven't gotten anything, I know how you feel...Every month is tight, could lose the house at any moment, it's tough. They tell me all retro payments come from the Treasury and my paperwork is in Baltimore...


In reply to by M C (not verified)

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 16:53 Permalink

Hi M C,
That is very odd. You should definitely get your back pay by now. I would continue to call the SSA to try to get through to someone! Fortunately, you will likely not have to wait for much longer.

Keith Sharrer (not verified)
Fri, 12/02/2016 - 19:53 Permalink

How long till I get my back pay after recieving 1st monthly payment


In reply to by Keith Sharrer (not verified)

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 11:49 Permalink

Hi there,
It usually takes about four months after starting disability benefits to receive back pay


In reply to by Keith Sharrer (not verified)

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 11:49 Permalink

Hi there,
It usually takes about four months after starting disability benefits to receive back pay (not verified)
Tue, 12/06/2016 - 23:41 Permalink

Hello, I live in Columbia sc .I was denied in August 2014. I hired an attorney .I was then given a hearing date for Octoberr 20,2016. I had only worked 5 years all together in my whole life. I received my fully favorable decision on November19,2016. I then received my backpay on December 4,2016. Major blessing around the holiday .I'm so grateful especially after being told by my doctor that their is no cure for my chronic back pain in my thoracic region and chronic migraines. Stay positive, be sure and keep your appointment ans hire an attorney. God is good.

Debbie (not verified)
Wed, 12/07/2016 - 14:43 Permalink

I started receiving disability last year. I had to wait about 13 months. I didn't know that I could have applied for SSI while I was waiting. Is it too late to apply for that SSI and possibly get backpay for it?


In reply to by Debbie (not verified)

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 10:18 Permalink

Hi Debbie,
It may be a good idea to contact your local SSA office, they may be able to help you with the application for SSI.


In reply to by Debbie (not verified)

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 10:18 Permalink

Hi Debbie,
It may be a good idea to contact your local SSA office, they may be able to help you with the application for SSI.

Austin (not verified)
Wed, 12/07/2016 - 15:22 Permalink

Ss said they owed me money and to bring papers in and I would get my money. I logged onto the ssa website and it says " one time payment" for 12/06/16 when would it be in my bank account ?


In reply to by Austin (not verified)

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 16:53 Permalink

Hi Austin,
Deposit times may vary by banking instituition, so I really could not say when it would be deposited and available in your bank account.

Mel (not verified)
Wed, 12/07/2016 - 16:41 Permalink

I am waiting for my social security disability Direct Deposit they called and got all my information how long does it take to get to my bank


In reply to by Mel (not verified)

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 16:54 Permalink

Hi Mel,
Deposit times may vary by banking instituition, so I really could not say when it would be deposited and available in your bank account.

shortylong (not verified)
Fri, 12/09/2016 - 13:42 Permalink

I think you should fire your attorneys , because they do not know or they trying to milk the system. I recommend all information that your attorneys work that they have done, to see the progress or if they are doing what you are paying them for. If you feel that you are being miss representative. I would personally report them to the bar association. That is my personnel opinion. Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!


In reply to by shortylong (not verified)

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 16:12 Permalink

HI There,
This is definitely an option, but it may not be a good idea to go up against an ALJ without an advocate or attorney.

Marcia (not verified)
Wed, 12/14/2016 - 06:05 Permalink

My daughter just got approved for her back pay I did everything they ask me to do such as set up a single account and signed the form so how much longer do we have to wait for it to go in the account


In reply to by Marcia (not verified)

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:21 Permalink

Hi Marcia,
It generally takes about four months from the time you start monthly benefits to receive your first back pay installment.

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