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.

Matt (not verified)
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 19:25 Permalink

Just an FYI, my wife waited 2.5 years after her disability to receive a judgement in her favor with date of disability going back to her accident. She received her lump sum 3 weeks after the judges ruling due to extenuating circumstances. Her father is in another country and passing away, her "case manager" or whatever he is referred to put her in for an emergency assistance disbursement but after reading so many of your stories, we were not hopeful. We are very grateful as she needs my daughter to travel with her and she will be able to see him, hopefully, before he passes. Thank you so much to this man for helping. Please don't expect this to be the norm. As I said, extenuating circumstances. I pray for you all to get the help you need.

Debby (not verified)
Sat, 05/27/2017 - 16:02 Permalink

I filed for disability in 2015 was denied so got a lawyer and he refilled it was receiving Ltd from work them 2 years April I had a hearing just received were I get it but no back pay I don't understand this at all. Please help me understand this.

Bryan

In reply to by Debby (not verified)

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 16:50 Permalink

Hi Debby,
You may not have been eligible for back pay if you had re-filed your disability application. You may want to contact the lawyer that was helping you with this for more information.

nicholas (not verified)
Sun, 05/28/2017 - 16:35 Permalink

I recieved my first payment in january of 2017 backpay approved from Oct 2012 but actually may of 2013 (5 month) but not its coming up june and i called local ssa no word really just wondering if i ask for a manager to manager call to find out an update on this ..its really an anxious time right now due to my wife died last year and taking care of kids ..help pleas anything will do in advise..

Bryan

In reply to by nicholas (not verified)

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 16:49 Permalink

Hi Nicholas,
I'm sorry to hear about that! You may also be able to get the information you're looking for at the SSA's national number, which is 1-800-772-1213.

nicholas (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 21:03 Permalink

I called the local office today ..told me may 15 they started my paper process i dont know if the lawyers got paid yet..so what is your opinion on when i will recieve and should i still call the national number..thank you

Eric

In reply to by nicholas (not verified)

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 16:44 Permalink

Hi Nicholas,

Unfortunately it isn't always black and white since cases vary. I would recommend speaking to your lawyer.

Best of Luck,
Eric

Sue (not verified)
Tue, 05/30/2017 - 08:30 Permalink

I was just curious I was working part time while my ssd case was being reviewed, I made do little that social security did not count it as income. But I have been working since I was 18 until just recently just quit my job. Now that I'm not working anymore will that affect my upcoming payments from social security disability through the yrs. I'm 54 . I just found I was approved last week. :)

Jeff (not verified)
Tue, 05/30/2017 - 18:40 Permalink

Can you be awarded both back pay and retroactive pay .. just curious

Eric

In reply to by Jeff (not verified)

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 16:55 Permalink

Hi Jeff,

Only SSDI recipients are eligible for retroactive benefits. So in theory, yes if you are awarded SSDI you can receive both back pay and retroactive benefits.

Best of Luck,
Eric

Jeff (not verified)

In reply to by Eric

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 22:02 Permalink

Thanks for that.. can you explain the difference.. so my hearing is July 10th, my application date is 6/19/15 and my onset date is 7/5/13.. so say the judge gives me a filly favorable decision.. please explain.. thanks

Eric

In reply to by Jeff (not verified)

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:27 Permalink

Hi Jeff,

The SSDI retroactive payments are payments made to disability applicants for the time passed between the onset of the disability to the date that the application was passed.

Back Pay refers to Social Security Disability benefits that you would have received had your claim been approved immediately.

Best Wishes,
Eric

Jeff (not verified)

In reply to by Eric

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 13:16 Permalink

Hi eric.
So your saying for me retroactive pay would be frim 6/19/15 my application date till say august 15th the date judge approved me.. and back pay would be from 7/5/13 to 6/19/15..
Is that correct

Eric

In reply to by Jeff (not verified)

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 15:38 Permalink

Hi Jeff,

You may be able to get retroactive pay up to your onset date. Then you would be eligible for your back pay benefits.

Please note that we are not affiliated with the SSA and we don't have the specifics of your case so we can't say for sure, but it is always best to double check with the SSA (1-800-772-1213) with any specific questions regarding your case.

Best of Luck,
Eric

John (not verified)
Fri, 06/02/2017 - 08:16 Permalink

I applied in August 2016 - got Awarded Feb. 2017 - still no back pay yet - from what I am reading takes 4-6 months for back pay ?

Anonymous (not verified)
Sat, 06/03/2017 - 09:55 Permalink

It's been about 2 years since I got on disability and I was wondering about the back pay

Eric

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 16:38 Permalink

Hello,

Back Pay refers to Social Security Disability benefits that you would have received had your claim been approved immediately.

Best Wishes,
Eric

Anonymous (not verified)
Wed, 06/07/2017 - 00:30 Permalink

I had a hearing for my son in which the odars letter said we will be considering from 2010 up until present of 03 2017. The judges expert seen a long history of paper work and said my son shows marks in many areas. Ans the judge said thank u for my patients but it will take just as long for answer as it did for the hearing for an answer. Its been 2 months. Do my sons approval chances look good

Eric

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 08:44 Permalink

It's tough to say for sure because not everything is black and white and every case is different. However it is a very long process. Wishing you nothing but the best.

-Eric

Melinda (not verified)
Wed, 06/07/2017 - 10:43 Permalink

I was approved for disability and received my first monthly check in May, they said I will get back pay so from what I have been reading takes about 5 months so September hopefully I should get it? I signed up for direct deposit so depending on when you get your check each month depending on your birthday date. because of the up coming holiday's coming up at the end of the yr, do they ever deposit a ss check early especially if you have direct deposit set up ? Just curious everything is new to me even I'm so grateful I got approved on the first try, very nervous . and have to change things now on how I pay my bills, just getting use to my new paydays. Just a note* for the ones that are just applying or waiting to be approved, I hope the best to all of you. I know it is stressful and scary I know some still don't get approved if they hire a attorney but if you don't get approved the first time, they will help you in the appeal process. If I to give advice I would tell any body that is thinking about applying get a attorney. Saves a lot of stress and maybe further delays in the long run. Wish all of you luck :)

Bryan

In reply to by Melinda (not verified)

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 14:38 Permalink

Hi Melinda,
For SSDI, you would receive any back pay owed to you about four months after you start receiving monthly benefits.

nicholas (not verified)
Thu, 06/08/2017 - 21:39 Permalink

I was questioning weather or not getting a lump sum over a certain amount for ssdi do ssa split it ..and another if i have a child do the child suppose to get money also from when i started the process ..i might me confusing you ..so bare with me

Bryan

In reply to by nicholas (not verified)

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:42 Permalink

HI Nicholas,
IF you're receiving SSDI benefits, then you would get one lump sum, if you're receiving SSI benefits, then you would have your back pay sent to you in installments. There are benefits available for children if you receive SSDI benefits, you can contact your local SSA office for more details.

Richard H Eagan (not verified)
Fri, 06/09/2017 - 17:01 Permalink

Hello I filled in July then reseve in October all they gave me $1,300 dallors no full backpay like they said. I would like to now where the rest of it ? I've been turned down ( 8 time).

Eric

In reply to by Richard H Eagan (not verified)

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 09:21 Permalink

Hi Richard,

I am sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, we don't know for sure because we are not affiliated with the SSA. I would recommend speaking to a representative from the SSA regarding your matter: 1-800-772-1213.

-Eric

Jay (not verified)
Mon, 06/12/2017 - 07:39 Permalink

ok maybe you guys can clear this up for me little confused, I was approved for ssd thank god, because of the amount my checks, they said I would not get approved for ssi which is fine and I have no problems with that, but the time I applied my lawyer had me apply anyways just incase I did needed it because was not sure if I would get approved for ssd at the time. Now I went on the social security website this morning and said I was approved for ssi and says I will be getting a check for a nice little lump sum, but also says it is only a one time check. I did contact my lawyer and waiting for a reply, but I just want to make sure this is mine, I do not want to write checks on it to pay my bills, or grocery's and then they decided they made a mistake and take it back. I'm so grateful I have been approved for ssd and now may have another check coming my way, nice but little scary too. I have not seen this amount of money in long time actually kind of scary to even spend the money I get from my ssd checks, but also nice too because can actually pay my bills , I really needed this :)

Eric

In reply to by Jay (not verified)

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 09:34 Permalink

Hi Jay,

Congrats on getting approved! In certain cases one can receive SSI and SSDI benefits in the same time. You can always call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 and speak to someone regarding your case. It is always best to double check with them with any questions you are uncertain of.

Best of Luck,
Eric

Rudy (not verified)
Wed, 06/14/2017 - 06:32 Permalink

I received a letter stating I am waiting on a non medical decision. I have been waiting two months with no word. How long does it take before non medical make their decision ?

Erica (not verified)
Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:26 Permalink

First filed 2012 denied got a lawyer 2014 denied 3x had a alj hearing 6/16 approved 5/3 had perc meeting for ssi 5/15 received award letter for ssi 6/6/17 received award letter for ssdi 6/12/17 lawyer paid 5/23/17 so was just curious to when will I get any back pay no monthly payments just back pay help someone

Storm (not verified)
Fri, 06/16/2017 - 00:13 Permalink

Hello!! Can someone tell me how long it will be before I hear anything,My appt were May2,2017 The judge said they found me disable I didn't recieve anything at all I had a lawyer I wonder what's taking so long.How long does it take to get a decision letter in the mail.It has been a month in a half I haven't received nothing every time I call they always tell me it still pending I just want to know what's going on..

Eric

In reply to by Storm (not verified)

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 09:15 Permalink

Hello,

Unfortunately there is no exact time table of when you will hear back. Generally those who are denied benefits receive their letter sooner because they only have a certain amount of days to appeal the decision.

-Eric

Henry (not verified)
Fri, 06/16/2017 - 15:00 Permalink

I was approved for survivor benefits Feb 2016, I recieved my backpay in July 2016, only they withheld $6,000+ of it claiming overpayment fees.

I appealed it within 60 days to prove it wasn't my fault the overpayments. And when I called the lady on the phone said that those overpayments were showing up as having been waived so therefore it was a mistake to have withheld it and I should recieve the $6,000+ back.

It's almost a year later and anytime I call I get a different answer from, "It could take 45 more days" to "I don't see it processing.".

Next month it will have been a full year.

Where do I go from here, to get to the bottom of this underpayment?

Besides going down to the local SSA office, I am for most part too disabled to leave the house except for certain doctors appointments/offices.

Angel (not verified)
Fri, 06/16/2017 - 23:22 Permalink

Many comments have asked about how long it takes to get back pay. I honestly think it depends on the case and if your getting SSI or SSDI. My husband applied for SSDI in September 2015 and was approved April of 2016. He received a call from SS telling him he was approved, what his monthly benefit would be, his backpay amount and they verified his banking information. Two days later a lump sum of his backpay was deposited into his bank account and later that month he received his first SSDI monthly check. His backpay was a big lump sum as his onset date of disability was April 2014 so he received 19 months of backpay. The first 5 months after your disability onset date are not paid for SSDI..I'm not sure with SSA.

tyneisha (not verified)
Mon, 06/19/2017 - 16:02 Permalink

Hello I received my fully favorable letter June 2 2017 I called the ssi number 1800 just to see how long it would take to get my reward letter and she said they haven't made up about yet but the is working on it now it shows how long normally will it take to receive a check? I'm due for back pay also n also I called to do a phone interview for ssi I have a 2 year old son would they let me know if I'm approve on the phone or that takes months also?

MARKEISHA (not verified)
Tue, 06/20/2017 - 18:28 Permalink

They told me I had to open up an account before I received my son's back pay its been 4 months how long will it be before I receive the benefits?

Rusty (not verified)
Thu, 06/22/2017 - 01:28 Permalink

Started my SSDI Claim Jan 2015. SSA Sent it to Hearing Dept. Judge Jan 16 2016 . Hearing with Judge May 25 2017 . Today June 21 , 2017 my Approval letter came . Fully Approved ! From Hearing Date to Letter 4 Weeks . So Happy ! Now Wait for Monthly Benifits to Start and 20 Months Back Pay . Ill try and keep you Updated when i Recieve Payment.

Jeff (not verified)

In reply to by Rusty (not verified)

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:30 Permalink

Hi rusty what state are you in... I'm in cali.. my attorny applied for hearing on Feb 17, 2016 and I have my hearing date on July 10.. I'm so nervous.. I need this I hope I get approved.. I'm in california

michele (not verified)
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 23:40 Permalink

I was awarded ssdi march 2017, also ssi got back pay for ssi of 2205 and one month of ssi in may and now was told I have to pay ssi back cuz I also got my ssdi in may. they have it so mess up cuz they also said I'm was getting wc from may 2015 to dec 2017 which I wasn`t so I file 561 and prove I wasn`t getting wc. Got a letter june 22 2017 saying they fix that but nothing on back pay which is 22 month after the 5 month waiting time. got my award letter in may but didn't say anthing about back pay cuz there where claiming I got wc, but I wasn't so now how how do I have to wait? also my son is waiting for his back pay

Erica (not verified)
Mon, 06/26/2017 - 22:16 Permalink

I received my notice of decision 5/3/17 had perc meeting for ssi 5/15/17 got both award letters 6/6/17 6/12/17 lawyer was paid 5/25/17 so when should I receive my back pay will receive monthly checks