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.

giselle (not verified)
Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:53 Permalink

My Fiance receives SSDI for about 3 years now.
We have two children age 11 and 5 months.
I told him to put the kids under his SSDI, just in case something happens to him in the future.
My question is, would my children get back pay from the time he applied for his benefits ? or from the time he started receiving his benefits?
Or do they get back pay since the time he requested for them to be added to his SSDI ,or just start getting regular checks monthly with no back payment.
Please excuse all of my and's also my Or's .


In reply to by giselle (not verified)

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:02 Permalink

Hi Giselle,

Your children would get backpay from the time he applied for benefits.

Best of Luck,

Manuel Raymond… (not verified)
Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:03 Permalink

I started work 14 military sexual trauma I was disabled when I joined the navy I should have 100 backpay plus Veterans backpay

Christopher (not verified)
Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:35 Permalink

I'm wondering will I receive back pay I stopped working November 15 2016 because of renal failure kidney my initial date is 12/29/16


In reply to by Christopher (not verified)

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 14:10 Permalink

Hi Christopher, you may be able to if approved, as they award back pay for the waiting period before monthly benefits start.

Sandra Frisbee (not verified)
Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:12 Permalink

I started receiving my SSDI in Oct 2016 I was told id receive back pay but haven't yet its been 7 mo how long does it take


In reply to by Sandra Frisbee (not verified)

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 16:41 Permalink

Hi Sandra,

That seems like it is taking longer than usual. I would contact a representative from the SSA to see if there is any update with your case.

Thanks again,

Scott (not verified)
Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:02 Permalink

Are SSI and SSDI monthly payments taxed in the state of Nevada


In reply to by Scott (not verified)

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 16:43 Permalink

Hi Scott,

Some people who get Social Security must pay federal income taxes on their benefits. But, no one pays taxes on more than 85 percent of their Social Security benefits.

Best Wishes,

Margo Giordano (not verified)
Sat, 04/29/2017 - 12:49 Permalink

I was approved for SSDI inAugust, 2016. The judge awarded the disability back to August, 2011. I received 3 SS settlement checks for back pay. My son also received a lump sum check of about $17,000, more than I received total. I am still waiting for the remaining, lump sum of back pay from SSDI. It has been 9 months and I get a different answer every time I talk to the main office on the SS website. I've been told that it's a large amount and they are still figuring it out. Can you tell me what might be going on and what to do? I really need this money to find a place to live and get on with my life as well as some expensive dental work I've had to put off for 5 years. Thank you

Jamel Howell (not verified)
Sun, 04/30/2017 - 00:50 Permalink

I had a stroke 01/11/2017 I have a great work history will I get back pay if they said I know by July 6


In reply to by Jamel Howell (not verified)

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 14:18 Permalink

Hi James,
I really could not say, however they generally give back pay for the time that you need to wait for benefits if you are determined to be disabled.

Jackson (not verified)
Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:47 Permalink

On 1/2017 the judge let me know I won my case, now it's 5/2017 still haven't heard anything


In reply to by Jackson (not verified)

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 17:00 Permalink

Hi Jackson,

Unfortunately it is a long process, you may want to talk to a SSA representative at 1-800-772-1213.

Best Wishes

Jermy (not verified)
Tue, 05/02/2017 - 07:20 Permalink

little confused on the ssi and ssd, my ssd is approved but the ssi is still pending if get approved for that will I also get back pay on that as well ? Thanks

Sherry (not verified)
Tue, 05/02/2017 - 22:58 Permalink

when I applied I was working part time very little hrs., my lawyer told ssd so they know I was working. I guess I make so little ssd does not even count it as income. I found out I was approved, but my job is getting really stressful, my boss is giving me a hard time because I can't move as fast due to my disability with ssd not even counted it as income. will it be ok if I put in my 2 weeks notice. I have a feeling I'm going to get fired or they will let me go because having a hard time doing my job. I have been working since I have been 15 and never ever been fired from a job. I'm grateful I was approved but also kinda depressing I can't do what I once use too. I have never been fired from a job and I just turned 54 yrs old. I just do not want SSD I quit just because I was approved. I will miss working doing for so long but just can't do it anymore because in so much pain and now my boss on me all the time, I just can't deal with the stress, makes me feel more worthless then I already do.

Katy (not verified)
Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:09 Permalink

It's looking like I'll be approved for ssdi. Adj said my disability began (eod?) 12/31/2014. That's 2-1/2 years. Would I receive 12 months retroactive, or 2-1/2 years? Thank you!

June (not verified)
Mon, 05/08/2017 - 05:32 Permalink

I was working while waiting on my approval from SSD it was only 15 hrs. or less a week, and ssd was aware I was working. But guess made so little did not consider it as income. With my work restrictions my boss has really giving me a hard time, about my job saying I'm not moving very fast, always on me ... make a long story short. I have been working since I have been 15 and will be hard to quit, even though I have a hard time now because of my health issues. the stress of my boss on me all the time adds extra stress I do not need. I hardly ever miss anytime, just only work 15 or less a week but gets me out of the house.. I just heard I have been approved for ssd. Is it ok to give a 2 weeks notice do I need to let ssd know since I they do not count it as income anyways.I made $300 or maybe $400 a month if that? I just do not want ssd think I quit as soon as I was approved it is due to the stress from my boss been like that for awhile now.


In reply to by June (not verified)

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 13:15 Permalink

HI June,
You may want to contact the SSA regarding any change in your work status, however quitting may not affect the status of your claim or your eligibility for benefits.

GG (not verified)
Mon, 05/08/2017 - 19:44 Permalink

My kids was approved for SSDI benefits in February 2017. But they just now was able to reach me. They said I needed to bring in birth certificates and bank account information. I took it today May 8, 2017. When will I receive first payment.


In reply to by GG (not verified)

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 08:49 Permalink

Hi GG,

Sorry to hear that. If you haven’t started receiving your Social Security Disability benefits within 90 days of approval, contact the SSA.

Best Wishes,

Yvonne (not verified)
Fri, 05/12/2017 - 17:38 Permalink

Hi saw alj back in January and approved for sdi in March. SSA has yet to process backpay stating they must first see if also eligible for ssi also. And until then will not release backpay but has also issued my attorney his fees due. Every time I go into the office or call I receive inconsistent information.
Bottom line how long to receive my back pay?


In reply to by Yvonne (not verified)

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 16:09 Permalink

Hi Yvonne,
You should start receiving SSDI back pay about four months after you receive an award letter for SSDI.

Juanita (not verified)
Sat, 05/13/2017 - 07:46 Permalink

I was just curious if you have student loans but are not in default, but are on a payment plan that goes by your income.The payments are on hold for a yr so have no student loan payments and you get back pay can they take your back pay to pay the balance even if they are not in default ?


In reply to by Juanita (not verified)

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 16:10 Permalink

Hi Juanita,
You may be able to do so if you're receiving SSDI benefits. You may also want to contact whoever owns your debt, as they may be able to discharge it based on your disability status.

Danielle (not verified)
Sun, 05/14/2017 - 08:11 Permalink

So I have been receiving ssi for 5 years now, while working 3 of 5 years part time. They social security calls me and say I have to apply for ssa. How long will this process tAkes if I'm already getting ssi. I get 735 a month in ssi. How much will my back pay be for worked for 36 month. ? How much will my monthly payments be. And will they take taxes out of my ssa check if I get approved? Will I have to see another state doctor for ssa.


In reply to by Danielle (not verified)

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 16:12 Permalink

Hi Danielle,
SSDI cases can take varying amounts of time, and there may not be a concrete answer to how much money you would be entitled to as back pay and monthly benefits as those are based on your payroll taxes.

Melissa D. (not verified)
Tue, 05/16/2017 - 15:29 Permalink

Hi, I received my full favorable letter dated May 1st, had to sign a paper saying I didnt want ssi, now my worker said it was sent to processing center..what does that mean? I thought I was approved?


In reply to by Melissa D. (not verified)

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 16:45 Permalink

Hi Melissa,
It seems that you are! It does take a bit to start receiving benefits, the SSA generally starts them five months after being awarded benefits.


In reply to by Melissa D. (not verified)

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 16:45 Permalink

Hi Melissa,
It seems that you are! It does take a bit to start receiving benefits, the SSA generally starts them five months after being awarded benefits.

ldd (not verified)
Thu, 05/18/2017 - 20:07 Permalink

I won a favorable hearing, after years.. Date of disability onset was Nov 2013, then there was the five month waiting period, so benefits began May 1 2014. I received fully favorable decision in April 2017, after March hearing. I receive work comp, so there is an offset. My benefit is $283 a month (minus 134 medicare), leaving me $149.
So, I thought I would receive $283 per month for the back pay, May 2014 thru April 2017, 35 months. I see a one time lump sum payment of $5028. My math totals $9905, I am confused, why would they not pay for all past months? I read SSDI is only one lump sum, so I don't believe another check is coming. Has anyone had this happen? My work comp amt has always been the same, so that didn't cause any issue. Thanks.


In reply to by ldd (not verified)

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:53 Permalink

Hi there,
If you received help from a lawyer, they may have received their fees for working on your case.

ldd (not verified)
Thu, 05/18/2017 - 20:15 Permalink

Work comp and SSDI...When I applied for disability, I was receiving work comp, and didn't have a lawyer taking 25 percent. This has recently changed. I submitted the order to the social security lawyer, who is sending on to social security. I was told (by the work comp atty) that with the decrease in the work comp check, I should get more disability, he claims dollar for dollar. It kind of makes sense, and I am not close to the 80 percent cap, by any means. Any opinions on this? Will take a while for social security to process the change, I am worried. Thanks.


In reply to by ldd (not verified)

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:54 Permalink

Hi there,
That may be the case, if your benefits are income-based, then they would increase the less income you receive from your worker's comp payments.

Angier (not verified)
Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:18 Permalink

Hi. I applied for disability July 2012 and will have my hopefilly hearing in late June. Lots of medical records in file, but the Judge refuses to have a residual capacity evaluator present even after the disability appeals overturned denial and told him to redo my case. So July is it's almost 5 years. Is this a good sign or not good because it's so long? If it's favorable, would back pay apply? I have an agressive attorney


In reply to by Angier (not verified)

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:56 Permalink

Hi there,
I really could not say, you may want to consult with your attorney regarding this as they would have particular information about your case.

crystal (not verified)
Fri, 05/19/2017 - 14:18 Permalink

hi my son is 19 months I applied in January 2017 and I was just wondering how long does it take from beginning till getting started or aleast see if he gets approved ? thanks

Denise (not verified)
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 00:48 Permalink

Help. Is been about 4 years since I applied for Disability & my battle goes on as my conditions get worse. I went before a judge who denied me, but my advocate took my case to an attorney who agreed the judge did not give any credence to my doctors care or not I am waiting for the appeals council (I guess) to give me a decision. My advocate filed my disability date to 2007 which is when I stopped working. In your opinion is my outlook favorable, or not? I am 57, have ADHD, Personality disorder, major depressive disorder, extreme anxiety, panic attacks & agoraphobia. I feel my sanity slipping away and do not know how much longer I can take this. Would I actually get back pay back to the onset date?


In reply to by Denise (not verified)

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:57 Permalink

Hi Denise,
You may be able to receive back pay from your established date of disability, however as we do not have any particular information about your case, we couldn't say one way or the other if your case would be favorable.

Denise (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:13 Permalink


I can tell you whatever you want to know, I just wasn't sure exactly what to tell you?


In reply to by Denise (not verified)

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 13:25 Permalink

Hi Denise,
We are not affiliated with the SSA or the federal government, and as such we would not have any information about your specific case.

Denise (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:08 Permalink

Bryan...let me expand as best I can.

I applied about 4 years ago on my own for disability benefits based on my many issues. It became impossible for me to work at all about 8 years ago. My application was not approved. At this time I sought out a disability advocate to represent me. They filed the appeal which was denied. In truth I have been suffering from my conditions for over 30 years & have gone through a myriad of medications. My advocate listed my onset as 8 years ago when I could no longer work. The appeal filed through my advocate was denied. I have been under constant doctors care since I applied & also seeing a therapist. After the appeal was denied, my advocate set up a hearing with ODAR face to face with an ALJ, having a vocational expert on the phone during the hearing. When the hearing rolled around, all my doctors provided written opinions that I am unable to work & a list of my current medications. I felt so hopeful because of the strong support from my doctors & therapists & the fact my hearing was face to face with the judge & it would be obvious to him of difficulty to control my emotions or even comprehend the questions. I was subsequently denied, again. My advocate talked to an attorney who said we should send in a request for reconsideration based on the fact that the ALJ gave no merit to my doctors statements. The request for reconsideration was submitted to the appeals council 8 months ago. My mental health continues to deteriorate & I have been put on 4 additional drugs. It has been suggested to me by my doctor that when I need to, I go to treatment at a hospital, which scares me. What more can I do??? If I did not believe I needed disability assistance I would not have applied for it. I am at my wits end & feel like I am on the verge of another nervous breakdown. For the record, I am 57 years old. I really am at the end of my rope & desperate. Not sure how long I can take this.

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