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.

Bobby (not verified)

In reply to by Bobby (not verified)

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 17:54 Permalink

We contacted the state representative this morning and sent in the paperwork to our surprise the lady that is going to work our case called us very quickly hopefully we get the same response concerning SSA..

Bobby (not verified)

In reply to by Bobby (not verified)

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:11 Permalink

So today we called SSA and he told me they are still working on the attorney part ugh!!!. I said the last 3 people seen it was closed out..He then said I don't see how because it says it's pending..Hummm , How can they be so we have talked to the representative that is looking into our case she sent an inquiry Monday and it is now wensday nothing new yet she said sometimes it takes 2 days to 2 weeks...I guess with all the horror stories I just don't want to be a static so I will call every person with power until it's resolved in a timely manner because in the end your don't matter to anybody

Shelia A (not verified)
Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:44 Permalink

Hello, I'm currently receiving SSD benefits. My children have received their back pay. My lawyer just informed me that he has been paid from my back pay. How long should it take for me to receive my back pay?


In reply to by Shelia A (not verified)

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 09:44 Permalink

Hi Sheila,
Back pay usually comes four months after regular benefits start, if they haven't come by then I would contact the SSA.

Debra Gray (not verified)
Wed, 04/13/2016 - 17:30 Permalink

I received letter in Dec 2015 to see a judge. I haven't had a paycheck since oct 2013 I applied in Nov 2013 with an atty. It is very hard to live off one salary when half of it is your rent. Do you know how long it takes for an hearing with a judge.

Veen40 (not verified)
Thu, 04/14/2016 - 22:34 Permalink

Hi I got my first backpay check from ssi in November when should I get the second it's the last will it come the end on this month or may


In reply to by Veen40 (not verified)

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 10:14 Permalink

Hi Veen40,
Backpay is usually paid six months apart, so it should come sometime this month. I would contact the SSA if it does not arrive during that time.

Bobby (not verified)
Fri, 04/15/2016 - 16:15 Permalink

Called SSA today they said they can see it's being worked on the last day is the 7th it seems they are doing something on it once a week I'm hopeful it's close tired of waiting...

Charles (not verified)
Sun, 04/17/2016 - 22:33 Permalink

I got my first back payment in November when should I get the second one may makes 6 months will it come on the 29th of April with the ssi payment or sometime in May they owe me just one more check not over 2000 thank u for answering the last question


In reply to by Charles (not verified)

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 10:08 Permalink

Hi Charles,
You should see your next check in the coming month, if you do not you should reach out to the SSA, there may be a problem with your back pay.

Nancy (not verified)
Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:39 Permalink



In reply to by Nancy (not verified)

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:59 Permalink

Hi Nancy,
SSDI benefits automatically convert to retirement benefits, so it is not possible to receive all three types of Social Security Benefits. Back pay usually comes about four months after your checks start coming in.

Bobby (not verified)
Mon, 04/18/2016 - 17:13 Permalink

So they worked on the back pay March 28th then nothing until April 7th and now we are at April 18th anybody know why they work on it so far apart??

Bobby (not verified)
Mon, 04/18/2016 - 19:10 Permalink

I just wanted to edit my post but I guess I can't so the back pay has been worked on constantly since January 28th and what I mean by this is several entries every week up to March 28th and it has slowed way down still waiting on the congress to Contact me from when they acquired about this case which was last Monday...

Bobby (not verified)
Tue, 04/19/2016 - 23:07 Permalink

Update...So today the ssa were a bunch of non helping idiots so my wife had her brother call them because she kept getting the runaround anyway they told him the attorney was paid on the 18th so while she was on the phone an unknown number was calling so she switched over and it was the payment center not the ssa office the actual person working on the back pay so they called to verify mailing address and account numbers for the is this normal for them to contact us? He said it should be done possibly this week or next week...

Lyndy (not verified)

In reply to by Bobby (not verified)

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 03:41 Permalink

I was reading through your posts and all that your attorney I think and 21000 from you and yours went all the way up to the federal so my attorney is trying to take like over 30,000 I was wondering if you were contacted before the attorney was paid because my understanding is that you're supposed to be contacted to approve it my attorney didn't do his job at all that's why it's taken almost 8 years for me to get my approval by chance would you know who I need to contact to be able to appeal his request to take that much from me


In reply to by Lyndy (not verified)

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:31 Permalink

Hi Lyndy,
Disability attorneys are only able to take 25% or up to $6,000 of back pay for their services. Are you sure that your attorney was not talking about the total amount that you are owed?

Lyndy (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 02:19 Permalink

Hi Brian
Normally they are only allowed to take 6000 or 25% whichever is lower I was informed by my attorney that if a case takes a lot longer than the norm and goes beyond the alj hearing as mine did then the attorney can take up to 25% I think is b.s. bcz basically what it amounts to is that he is getting paid way more for not doing his job I did read that I can appeal the amount if I don't agree once social security has decided how much he gets I have 30 days once I'm notified I really wish I could find out how to contact the payment processing center in California so that I can tell them what he did and didn't do honestly there are quite a few people who think that I could file a suit against him for not doing anything to a satisfactory level at my alj hearing he didn't say a one single word because of his lack of effort I have been forced to live in severe poverty with two children for the last 7 years mitt angers me to think that he can and probably will get 25% of my back pay I am owed over a hundred thousand in back pay that's just for the ssdi portion there was another person on here that 18 thousand taken out for their attorney I have no problem with the second attorney being paid but not the first guy it's so frustrating because not many people end up fighting for as long as I had to so no one really knows the answers


In reply to by Lyndy (not verified)

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:11 Permalink

Hi Lyndy,
Your former lawyer may be taking out of pocket expenses into account as well, those expenses are not affected by the $6,000 dollar cap. You can also contact the SSA payment center here:
(410) 965-9248

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