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.

Anonymous (not verified)
Wed, 02/24/2016 - 18:52 Permalink

Hi I was receiving Social Security because my father passed away and I was egible to get it until I was 18. But they stop it when I was 16. I'm due for back pay so how long does it take for me to receive it? I filed the claimed today and was awarded it.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 02/25/2016 - 15:41 Permalink

i was approved onDec.14 when will i recieve my pay I was approved December 14th when will I receive my pay

renita (not verified)
Fri, 02/26/2016 - 12:47 Permalink

My daughter lost three of her toes in a really bad accident...that was April 2002 .I just filed for disability on my daughter and it's 2016 ...but I was never told to will she get back pay from 2002 to 2016 ?


In reply to by renita (not verified)

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:45 Permalink

Hi there,
Losing your toes does not qualify you for disability benefits. I doubt your daughter will qualify for any back pay at all.

Anonymous (not verified)
Sun, 03/06/2016 - 05:48 Permalink

I need to get my car fixed I need 1,600 to get car fixed asap or will have to buy another car need to get car fixed social security still owe a me 4,000 can I get 1,600 to get car fixed in march 2016


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:46 Permalink

Hi there,
You can file a claim for expedited back pay, but it will be challenging. You will need to state exactly why you need the income (visiting doctors, etc) and exactly how much the car payment costs, which it seems like you have.

Anonymous (not verified)
Wed, 03/09/2016 - 00:50 Permalink

I've been waiting on SSI for four years. What is my back pay?


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:46 Permalink

Hi there,
Four years is a very long time to wait for back pay. It's possible that you were not approved for disability benefits at all.

Maria (not verified)
Thu, 03/10/2016 - 08:04 Permalink

I started receiving my SSD payment on October 2015 ..... I have still not received my back pay it is going on 6 months how much more do I have wait everything is piling up!!!


In reply to by Maria (not verified)

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:47 Permalink

Hi Maria,
I would recommend contacting the SSA! Your back pay should definitely be arriving soon, so hopefully you'll be able to pay off your bills shortly.

July Copeland (not verified)
Tue, 03/15/2016 - 09:11 Permalink

Ihave recieve all my letters recieve first check March 1st. Im still waiting on my backpay i talk to them and they say they were goung to fed ex my backpay it will be here with 7 to ten days so wgen i should get it its been 8 days so far and also by me having the express card will it come on there or will it get mailed

miguel (not verified)
Tue, 03/15/2016 - 15:47 Permalink

Good Afternoon, I been on disability from 09. I recently had a SSDI review couple of months ago. I was informed my mail that I was not disabled anymore and would be losing my benefits after the next two months. I did the appeal within the ten days period, so I can keep receiving my benefits until the appeal went threw its course. Next I went to the SSA office with the doctors update of my current medical condition and status. I did all this before the ten days, which running back and forth getting all the necessary documents while using a quad cane. I got everything taking care of. I receive a next letter within a month in the mail, saying that am still disable and everything will stay the same and there's nothing else needed to be done. Three months later, I check my SSA login and saw no deposit date. I got scared and the called SSA. I was told my case was suspend because I did not sign the waiver. I explain to the SSA representative this is not true and gave them confirming dates of when I did everything and as well as turning them in. The representative put me on a brief hold and then came back. The representative explain to me that I was correct and all the days I mention to her was correct and is confirmed in there system. The representative told me that everything is ok and a priority mail was sent to the payment center and all I need is to go back on current pay, which will take about 15 business days . I keep checking my log in because there's no update yet. I am very scared because am already disable, housebound, and received 2 transplants in the past. I have my own household and bills that is being affected my this matter. Especially, with this not being my fault because I provide everything, they asked for in a STAT approach. [ My question, is about how long does this process take and is there anything I can do because this has mess me up my livelihood drastically ?] Especially when I had to cancel my upcoming total hip replacement surgery, that I'm in dire of need for or I will end up confined to a wheelchair by the age 40. I'm only 35 and I believe I still have a long life ahead, with God prayer's and blessing . Bless Up !!!


In reply to by miguel (not verified)

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:49 Permalink

Hi there,
I am very sorry to hear that! I am honestly not familiar with how long this process takes. I hope someone here has experience with how long the appeal process takes. With any luck you should hopefully get your benefits shortly.

Josh (not verified)
Wed, 03/16/2016 - 20:41 Permalink

I received my back pay for only 12 months, as I applied for ssdi two years ago. I had the impression that I would receive two years of back pay. Also is the back pay that I received, the same amount for monthly benefits.


In reply to by Josh (not verified)

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 13:43 Permalink

Hi Josh,
This could be due to a matter of reasons. First off, the first five months of waiting to be approved are not entitled to back pay, so that leaves you with seven months. Additionally, the ALJ likely did not determine that you were disabled at the time you applied. This happens if you have a progressive illness like cancer or Parkinson's syndrome.

smith (not verified)
Thu, 03/17/2016 - 15:49 Permalink

i received my backpay check, only it was issued to the wrong payee so i returned it and they said it will take 10 days, 10 days no check,,then they said 15 days,30 days 90 days 6 months...then they said it wasnt a priorty......they made a mistake ,why so long to reissue a check,,? how long should it take...i have my lawyer writing letters....and am in process of hearing from congressman to see if he will help


In reply to by smith (not verified)

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 13:42 Permalink

Hi Smith,
I am so sorry to hear that! I am afraid that there is not a lot we can do, as we are not affiliated with the SSA. Hopefully you can get the income you deserve quickly.

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