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.

Danielle (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 16:23 Permalink

Also my friends had made the comments that because I had no living expenses I would not be eligible for backpay??!! I bounced from home to home! I was HOMELESS,

Brittany (not verified)
Fri, 06/03/2016 - 10:38 Permalink

My mom and I have been waiting now going on 7years for our back pay and we keep getting told its coming there giving us dates and everything and we have not revive any of it there alwasy a problem. Do you know anybody we can contact for help to finally get our money's that are owed to us??


In reply to by Brittany (not verified)

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 10:25 Permalink

Hi Brittany,
I would contact the SSA, you can call them at 1-800-772-1213

Anonyomous (not verified)
Fri, 06/03/2016 - 15:18 Permalink

I waited 2 years for my hearing, and finally had it on March 2016. I was awarded my SSD, received my letter 2 weeks after my hearing, one month later received my letter with amounts of my back pay and monthly payment. I finally received my first monthly payment this May 2016, BUT have not received my back pay, although my lawyer has received his payment!! I have went to my local Social Security Office and they told me soon that because when I initially applied I also checked SSI and they are checking that I didn't receive money from that, i said to them you can clearly see by looking at my ss# that I didn't, so left that office still no answer, I have since called that office several times to find out and they still tell me oh it will take maybe another 6-9 weeks each time I call because I applied for SSI. I said to them OMG how hard is it to look and see that I didn't, I have my rent thats still behind, bills, my son's tuition, trouble buying food. In the end, the system needs to be improved so we don't have to wait so long for our benefits.


In reply to by Anonyomous (not verified)

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 16:05 Permalink

Hi There,
It's true, it takes a while these days to get approved. They may be able to expedite your back pay if you contact your local SSA office with some documentation that you have some bills in arrears, they may be better able to help you then.

Anonymous (not verified)
Sat, 06/04/2016 - 23:36 Permalink

How long does it take for SSD back pay waiting almost 90 days

Brooklyn (not verified)
Sat, 06/04/2016 - 23:45 Permalink

How many months does it take for SSD back pay and who sends it


In reply to by Brooklyn (not verified)

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 10:20 Permalink

Hi Brooklyn,
It generally takes four months from the time you start receiving benefits, and the SSA sends the payments to you.

Eugene (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 02:29 Permalink

I got my first check around DEC 11 2017 when will I get my back pay


In reply to by Eugene (not verified)

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 15:20 Permalink

Hi Eugene,

Usually applicants will receive their first installment of SSDI back pay 60 days after being approved for disability.

Bonnie (not verified)
Mon, 06/06/2016 - 12:14 Permalink

Hi, I was approved for disability on December 2 2015, my attorney was paid his part January 4th 2016 in which he told me I should receive my back pay March or April, now he has retired, I received my first check in February, now here it is June 2016, I still have not received my backpay. I have called Social Security a couple of times, and I just get a run a round. Should I just go to the Social Security office in person?


In reply to by Bonnie (not verified)

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 15:47 Permalink

Hi Bonnie,
It may be a good idea to do so, they would be able to let you know what exactly is going on with your back pay.

Karen Byars (not verified)
Sat, 06/11/2016 - 15:19 Permalink

Back payments when are they recieved


In reply to by Karen Byars (not verified)

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 16:42 Permalink

Hi Karen,
Back payments usually come about four months after you start receiving benefits.

Sheree (not verified)
Sat, 06/11/2016 - 21:54 Permalink

I have a question. I was finally approved for SSDI after almost 4 years. I have gotten my first check. I have $45,000.00 back pay coming to me. When will get that? I am behind on most everything, double payments. We have done all that we can possibly do. We are in need of catching up on bills. Our air conditioner is it in this hot weather and need some minor house repairs done. I have been advised that due to declining health that I need to be closer to our children so they could help us out. My husband is disabled also. We are needing to sell our house and relocate for assistance. There is a little house that I can purchase near my daughters but I need 15,000.00 of my backpay in order to finalize purchase. If I could possibly get 20,000.00 released to me so we could relocate, catch up on bills, get air fixed in our current house so we can sell it. Please help me. I've been told so many different things. I'm planning on being at the Social Security office Monday morning. What do I need to take in order for them to help me and have $ released? I need this by June 21 or I won't have a house. Thank You


In reply to by Sheree (not verified)

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 16:38 Permalink

Hi Sheree,
generally, back pay comes about four months from the time you start receiving benefits or four months after you are approved for benefits. You may be able to have your payment expedited, I would contact the SSA with documentation of your urgent need for those funds.

Misty (not verified)
Sun, 06/12/2016 - 19:07 Permalink

I got approved for ssi June of 2015. I received some of my back pay the end of June 2015. I had to get an advance on Sept. 2015 for bills I incured for the two years I waited to get approved. I have not received anything since it is now June 2016. I get my monthly allotment, but no more back pay. Is this normal, will I get more the end of this month or a year after I received my last back pay?

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