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.


In reply to by Dale (not verified)

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 16:38 Permalink

Hi Dale,
I'm very sorry for your loss. I'm not sure about a loan, but the SSA may send it in a few months, the standard waiting period for back pay is four months from the time you are approved for benefits.

Keith (not verified)
Sat, 08/27/2016 - 05:56 Permalink

I applied for ssdi in 2013 after being denied twice i hired a ss lawyer and have been fighting for 2years.I have a hearing date next week and he says that it is a open shut case and will be approved bc of my of the state of illness i am in.If the judge makes an approval desicion that day,how long will it take before any type of benifits are paid both back pay or first monthly?..Thank you


In reply to by Keith (not verified)

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 09:52 Permalink

Hi Keith,
It generally takes five months for benefits to start coming in, and after that four months from when back pay is disbursed.

Jamie (not verified)
Sat, 08/27/2016 - 18:11 Permalink

I received a letter saying Fully Favorable. This means I am on SSDI correct? Because I also received an additional letter saying they were processing another application to see if I qualify for SSI.

BEARSRUNTHIS (not verified)
Sun, 08/28/2016 - 16:44 Permalink

had 1 hearing,went through appeal process upto district court level.granted a remand,second hearing,smae ALJ.Denied,now back through 2nd appeal process in district court.What are my chances of receiving a favorable decision?


In reply to by BEARSRUNTHIS (not verified)

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 09:50 Permalink

Hi there,
I really couldn't say as I am not affiliated with the SSA and could not make that determination with any accuracy. However, you may want to get in touch with a disability advocate or attorney, as they can better help you with your case. If you fill out the form to the left, we can have one reach out to you.

loreta (not verified)
Mon, 08/29/2016 - 00:54 Permalink

I applied for my son for benefits n still waiting process but one if the things it listed on my papers was thaty my son was listed disable since birth....does that mean the payments would go back from then or the date of my application......


In reply to by loreta (not verified)

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 09:51 Permalink

Hi Loreta,
Generally the SSA will honor back pay from the EOD, or Established onset Date.

Debora L Vazquez (not verified)
Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:07 Permalink

Went to hearing on June and on Aug. 5th received the letter that it was approved. When should I be receiving the award letter?


In reply to by Debora L Vazquez (not verified)

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 14:00 Permalink

Hi Deborah,
I really could not say as it may vary depending on the Postal Service, but you may find it in your mailbox sometime in the next few months.

Suzanne (not verified)
Mon, 08/29/2016 - 19:00 Permalink

I became disabled in oct. 2014 and am waiting to go to court do you have any idea how long it will take for my court date my attorney said it was being held up because I was not having surgery to try and help make it better so I did have my left knée done but went into cardic arrest on the table so they could not finish it and have heart issues that I did not have before also the doc will not touch me after that but the bills are piling up. How long after court does it take to start getting money deposited thank you for any help in my questions.


In reply to by Suzanne (not verified)

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 09:53 Permalink

Hi Suzanne,
It generally takes about 17 months for an ALJ trial, and if approved, there is a 5 month waiting period for SSDI benefits at that time.

Danielle Everhart (not verified)
Tue, 08/30/2016 - 15:00 Permalink

I have a long confusing story here. My mom is my representative payee. I was approved in April and started receiving my monthly benefits. I still have not received my backpay! They keep telling me its pending. What is the hold up????


In reply to by Danielle Everhart (not verified)

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 09:51 Permalink

Hi Danielle,
It takes about four months from the time you start receiving monthly benefits to start receiving your back pay benefits.

wkw (not verified)
Tue, 08/30/2016 - 23:23 Permalink

I received my fully favored decision August 9, 2016. SSDI. When will I received backpay?


In reply to by wkw (not verified)

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 09:38 Permalink

Hi there,
Generally, back pay comes about four months after you start receiving disability benefits.

Anonymous (not verified)
Fri, 09/02/2016 - 03:26 Permalink

I was intially approved for ssi and received a letter about back pay which I did get some of it the said in letter it would be in installments ok then my status changed it should have been ssd instead and gave amount of back pay including what my lawyer would receive the back payment I received was not the full amount because ssi issued it will i still have to wait 6 months for the rest of the back payment

Anonymous (not verified)
Fri, 09/02/2016 - 17:08 Permalink

I recently was awarded my ssi and social security had told me I would be getting backpay starting in 2012-till now but now are saying Im only getting $19000 the figures dont add up and others with the same dates recieved alot more can you tell me why


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 10:44 Permalink

Hi there,
There could be many reasons why you were only eligible for that amount, for example the onset date of your disability may have been determined to be later than 2012.

Casey (not verified)
Fri, 09/02/2016 - 18:37 Permalink

I first applied back in 2011. I never saw anything back from social security so I just assumed I didn't qualify. Well, they sent the packet to my parents home and I just got it from my mom today, September 2016!! So it said I qualified but needed additional info. I filled it all out and just mailed it back in.. What should I expect to happen?


In reply to by Casey (not verified)

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 10:46 Permalink

Hi Casey,
You may receive a response from the SSA, it may be a good idea to contact them, you can do so at 1-800-772-1213

Donna (not verified)
Sat, 09/03/2016 - 23:03 Permalink

my brother got a letter saying he was approved but nothing about back pay he has been off work 5 months

Dee (not verified)
Mon, 09/05/2016 - 03:33 Permalink

I was injured at work and covered under Worker's Comp. In April 2012 I got a lump sum from the Work Comp injury. I tried going back to work, but since that time my health has declined and in September 2013 I was forced to quit working. Some of my pain is related to the prior work injury, but not all, as I now have other medical issues. In February 2016 I was approved for SSDI and was asked if I had received any Worker's Compensation benefits from Sept 2013 through Feb 2016 and I told the SSA that I hadn't, but that I did in 2012. Social Security has now reduced my monthly benefits from $783 to only $27 a month and informed me that I am now responsible for paying back all of my back pay. Is there anyway that I can fight this? I was honest with them and told them about receiving money almost 2 years prior to the dates they asked. Is there a time frame for receiving Work Comp lump sum and Social Security Disability benefits?


In reply to by Dee (not verified)

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 10:54 Permalink

Hi Dee,
If you had income based benefits, then you may have been ineligible for them based off of the lump sum you had received from the SSA.

Sue (not verified)
Mon, 09/12/2016 - 00:42 Permalink

I was told that SS checks to see if you received federal SSI before they send your backpay out to you. I didnt receive any. My lawyer has contacted them and told them this. They say my backpay is just sitting there. Why wont it be released to me?


In reply to by Sue (not verified)

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 16:58 Permalink

Hi Sue,
If you were recently approved, the SSA does have a five month waiting period for SSDI and then you would receive your back pay about four months after beginning SSDI benefits.

Anna (not verified)
Tue, 09/20/2016 - 16:39 Permalink

Hello I was hospitalized in 2007 . applied for disability and denied. I have been diagnosed with major depression since 2011. I recently applied again. Does anyone think I will be approved since I have a Dr diagnosis and have been seeing him throughout the years.


In reply to by Anna (not verified)

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 09:30 Permalink

Hi Anna,
You may be approved if you are able to demonstrate an inability to work because of your condition.

Annette Holley (not verified)
Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:15 Permalink

I am on Social Security disability and receiving my monthly checks. However I also received an award letter for backpay that I have as yet to receive. I was told it could take up to five months. It is going on around nine months. Is there a lengthy amount of time that I do not receive the backpay that I should take legal steps for them to Pay up? And if so what legal steps would that be?


In reply to by Annette Holley (not verified)

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 13:20 Permalink

Hi Annette, generally it takes about four months after you start receiving benefits to receive your back pay. Also, if you used a lawyer to help with your case, you may want to speak with them and the SSA regarding your back pay.

Kimberly (not verified)
Thu, 09/22/2016 - 00:19 Permalink

Hi, my husband just got a fully favorable decision from a hearing judge 25 days ago and today (9/21)his benefits updated on mySocialSecurity and it has his back pay listed as a one time payment for yesterday (9/20/2016)
Does that mean they already mailed the check?
Yes, a check-not a single person told us we could add DD ...


In reply to by Kimberly (not verified)

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 09:37 Permalink

Hi Kimberly,
Back pay generally comes around four months after you start receiving monthly benefits. Even though it is listed as yesterday, it may be that that is just the back pay being entered into their system, rather than the check being mailed.

Dave (not verified)
Sun, 09/25/2016 - 14:39 Permalink

My initial lawyer binder and binder was fired by me. My second attorney and I went to the court and we have a fully favourable decision. This was Dec 10 2015. I stared receiving monthly benefits in Feb. It's not Sept 25 2016 and retro pay still has not come in. I call them once a month I get told call back next month. Anyone who has a similar experience any advice?


In reply to by Dave (not verified)

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 13:12 Permalink

Hi Dave,
It is possible that you may not have been eligible for back pay, or alternately that the amount of back pay was only able to cover your lawyer's fees. Because you used multiple lawyers, it is possible that you were obligated to pay both, and payment comes out of back pay.

Lisa (not verified)
Tue, 09/27/2016 - 13:06 Permalink

Its been over 120 days. I havent got my back pay. The local ss office doesnt know why. They are willing to isdue a small amount to me while waiting. Is thete interest or penalty they pay for taking so long

Chas (not verified)
Wed, 09/28/2016 - 09:02 Permalink

Does anyone know if you get your back pay in 1 lump sum do you have to pay taxes on it????????

Anonymous (not verified)
Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:00 Permalink

I appllied for my SSDI back in March 2014 have attorney seen judge went to state doctor. Told i had to see judge again. I have 2 aneurysms right side of head. And epilepsy seizures. Was told by 4 dr cant work be left alone or drive. How long does this take


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:38 Permalink

Hi there,
It's true, the disability application process may take awhile. The average wait time is generally 17 months to see a judge the first time.


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:38 Permalink

Hi there,
It's true, the disability application process may take awhile. The average wait time is generally 17 months to see a judge the first time.

Evelyn (not verified)
Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:50 Permalink

I was approved by the Judge July 26, 2016. Three days letter I got the award letter. Then August 6, 2016, my attorney said they got paid. Then Sept. 2, 2016 I had my interview at SSA and I rejected SSI. They said I would receive a letter in a few days letting me know when I would be getting my back pay. But as of today I haven't received anything. (I have received my first SS Monthly check). Does anyone know how much longer will it take to receive my back payment. Thank you in advance for all your help. God Bless.


In reply to by Evelyn (not verified)

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 10:55 Permalink

Hi Evelyn,
it generally takes four months after you start getting benefits for back pay to be paid.

vivian (not verified)
Wed, 09/28/2016 - 21:18 Permalink

is there a place in the social security website where to look for updates on your backpay
fpr ssdi

Curtis (not verified)
Sun, 10/02/2016 - 20:26 Permalink

Im on disability my dad currently was put on disability aswell he originally applied in 2013 but he didn't put me on there untill 2016 since I was considered mentaly disabled under the age of 18 an have been on disability I'm able to draw from what he will make. My? Is since that's the case will I be able to get the retro back pay from his original date of applying as well


In reply to by Curtis (not verified)

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 15:56 Permalink

Hi Curtis,
If you were entitled to auxiliary benefits based off of your father's work record, then you may be able to get back-pay because of that.

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