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.


In reply to by Michelle (not verified)

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:03 Permalink

Hi Michelle,

If they’re:
• Younger than age 18;
• 18-19 years old and a full-time student (no
higher than grade 12); or
• 18 or old with a disability that began beforeage 22.

Michelle (not verified)
Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:17 Permalink

my court date was 8/22 and I will be getting a check sept 29th and ssd oct 18th thats not my back pay everyone says that will be in very soon! my judge had my favorable verdit with in 6 days! fast for NY and I Thank SSA for moving so fast for me:)

Eric hawkins (not verified)
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:23 Permalink

I waited two years for my court date I received my court date on 3 28 17 I have received nothing in the mail and have received no monthly checks nothing at all nobody has said anything and I'm still here waiting as of 9 24 2017


In reply to by Eric hawkins (not verified)

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:48 Permalink

Hi Eric,

I am sorry to hear that. Unfortunately it can be a long process. Hang in there. Wishing you nothing but the best.

Baby (not verified)
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:04 Permalink

ssdi approved August 31st, received 12mos retroactive for 2012 as direct dep, how about fr 2013 to current, do I recd back pay for those yrs. anyone can answer this please...


In reply to by Baby (not verified)

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 16:41 Permalink

HI there,
You may want to contact the SSA as they can give you specific information about your particular case. You can contact them at 1-800-772-1213

William (not verified)
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 21:16 Permalink

I applied for SSI five months ago, my case went to disability determination board, who made a decision last week. I was told I would get a letter in the mail within ten days. Today I got a check in the mail...(blue envelope).....but it was only for $400.00.....I applied 5 months ago....and should have gotten a check for $730.00 X months. Please help

kelly (not verified)
Wed, 09/27/2017 - 15:04 Permalink

I just saw a judge on Sep 26/17 my hearing was very short only 13 15 min she did not ask many questions the ones she did were more or less conformation of what she already new...I wonder if this is good or bad?

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:53 Permalink

i reported my additional child within my household. they never added him to the case. i kept reporting him "for six years", finally they added him. now how long will it be for me to receive my back pay?


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:21 Permalink

Hi there,
I really could not say, every case is different and as such it can take varying amounts of time for it to be sent to you.

Cynthia (not verified)
Sat, 09/30/2017 - 16:04 Permalink

I received my award letter for SSDI on July 17, 2017. My attorney was paid on July 30, 2017 and today is September 30, 2017. i have call social security office on several occasions about my back payments and all they can tell me or my Attorney that its in Process Status. How long does it Take to receive my Back Payments? The Judge awarded me $33,040.00 minus $6000 for my Attorney. Is there anything or anyone else I can do or speak with about my Back Payments?


Er (not verified)
Sun, 10/01/2017 - 00:52 Permalink

Was approved for ssdi Aug 31st and recd lump sum on my account, now I'm waiting for my monthly and back pay. No award letter yet. Anyone can explain this please. Thanks


In reply to by Er (not verified)

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:05 Permalink

Hi There,

I am so sorry to hear, unfortunately it can be a long process. You may want to talk to a SSA representative.

Tena (not verified)
Sun, 10/01/2017 - 08:40 Permalink

I was approved by federal judge for full SSDI going back to 4/2012 and started receiving my monthly benefits in 12/16 but due to backpay amount my attorney said it would take a bit longer for backpay to be approved and received. Attorney still hasn’t been paid nor have I but SS states it was worked up 9/15/17 at the Federal Processing Center in Baltimore.Why have I nor the attorney been paid or given any information on release date? I understand backlog but having to wait this length of time is ridiculous.


In reply to by Tena (not verified)

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:23 Permalink

HI Tena,
I'm sorry to hear about that! That is a quite a long time to receive backpay for, and the amount may take longer than others due to the amount that they are releasing.

Glenn (not verified)
Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:28 Permalink

I received my partially favorable letter sept20 2017 after collecting more info on my behalf non medical I was told I would receive my award letter in two to three weeks how long after before I will see any kind of money I have already lost my house and everything in storage.

Craig (not verified)
Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:18 Permalink

I filed for ssdi in April got a letter saying that I was approved in September they said my first check will in around December 27 17 my question is is there a back pay of five months in there

Anonymous (not verified)
Sat, 10/07/2017 - 21:07 Permalink

My second ssi back payment is due next month could it be earlier and is their a number to call to see if it's been mailed out yet

Wanda owens (not verified)
Sat, 10/07/2017 - 21:09 Permalink

I'm waiting on my second Dr ssi back payment in November could it be earlier

Kristen (not verified)
Mon, 10/09/2017 - 10:47 Permalink

I received my first payment July 19 2017 for ssdi and couple weeks later got my first installment of back pay from ssi but still have not received ssdi back pay I was told 90 days after first payment received I am in missouri anyone else experience this? I am new to all this


In reply to by Kristen (not verified)

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 16:55 Permalink

HI Kristen,
SSDI benefits are on a different schedule, you would receive them about four months after you start receiving SSDI monthly benefits.

John (not verified)
Tue, 10/10/2017 - 00:13 Permalink

SSDI letter saying that I should receive $2083 but I only received $2014 in my account do I get back pay this was official January 2013 do I get back pay

Lisa (not verified)
Wed, 10/11/2017 - 18:39 Permalink

I was approved for Social Security Disability a few weeks ago.
My application date was September 2016.
My date of onset, as stated in the acceptance letter, was 2007.
I had worked full time from 1989-2002.
The last time I attempted to resume my career was in 2009, for just a few months, unable to continue due to the pain from my disability...have not worked since.
The back pay amount was only for one year, so I'm confused as to why, since they agreed I've been disabled since 2007.
Q: Can I fight to have additional back pay?
Q: Why wouldn't they pay from the date of onset?

Er (not verified)
Fri, 10/13/2017 - 19:54 Permalink

Hi, my questions is what is the difference of 12 mos retroactive to backpay. I recd my lump sum explaining benefits up to 2017. I was approved for full favorable with the alleged date of May 5 2012, do I still get backpay fr 2013 to 2017? Thanks, will appreciate any response.

San (not verified)
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:29 Permalink

Hi I was approved for ssd in May of 2017 by a law judge. He went back to my onset date of July 2014. I received my first check in September, but I still haven't received my back pay. My attorney has been paid for over 2months. I've called & asked why haven't I re received my back pay & they keep saying it's being processed. What or who can I call to get my funds released? I keep checking my online social security account & it doesn't have anything about my back payments.

Debra (not verified)
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:47 Permalink

I have been out of work sence 2013 and haven’t been paid at all I still have on going problems and have to go back to Thearphy because I need i new mri I have bursitis In right side and neck and bottom of my back still hurts all the time neck was not covered just bottom of back it was broke cages sqrews bolts and bone graft then cages sqrews bolts and a kodabor bone in neck I just want all my back pay

Cindy (not verified)
Mon, 10/23/2017 - 05:52 Permalink

My husband was awarded SSDI fully favored in June 2017 we live abroad here in west Africa and it's been four months since the judge ruled, how long should we be waiting?


In reply to by Cindy (not verified)

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 08:57 Permalink

Hi Cindy,

You may want to contact the SSA and see if they have a clearer picture. You can call toll free at 1-800-772-1213.

Barbara broom (not verified)
Fri, 10/27/2017 - 08:52 Permalink

my attorney told me my disability letter will be approved in December do I get back pay for the 22 months I've been waiting all at once or do I just get my disability money first and then they give me my backpack

Barbara broom (not verified)
Fri, 10/27/2017 - 08:55 Permalink

How long will it take for a response

Candy (not verified)
Sat, 10/28/2017 - 01:22 Permalink

Filed in Feb 2015 denied twice originally filed for onset date of November 2014 went to alj hearing oct 2017 turned “55” this year so alj is looking at basing disability onset date of August 2017 so if I’m understanding all this I will not get any backpay for the 35 months I’ve been unable to work ? Does this really happen and I was told it’ll be 4 months before I receive a written decision and then of course the “5” month waiting period ugh any input would be greatly appreciated


In reply to by Candy (not verified)

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:53 Permalink

Hi Candy,
Yes, that may be the case if it's determined that you are ineligible for benefits. If you re-applied for benefits then you would only be eligible for benefits from the time of your application.

Candy (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 01:58 Permalink

My original application was in July 2015 I filed on my own w/o Attorney then decided to try and find something I could do for employment so withdrew my claim. Wasn’t successful trying to get back to work so retained an attorney and they filed on my behalf in February 2016 when I was contacted by disability for phone interview they decided my last gainful employment date was November 2014 “they” entered that as my onset date since I wasn’t able to keep long term employment from that point. The Judge at my hearing was questioning why 2 different onset dates I tried to explain best I could se as I have here to you so my attorney believes the judge will rule a “partially favorable approval” but where does that put me as far as backpay and onset date? As I mentioned I turned “55” this year is that helpful or harmful to my case? Thank you for any light you can shine on my confusion.


In reply to by Candy (not verified)

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 08:43 Permalink

Hi Candy,
I would stick with your original filing date and cite that you had unsuccessful work attempts. It's likely the judge will rule your date started in Feb 2016, which is frustrating but certainly better than not getting approved at all. 55 is definitely good for your case! The older you are, the less likely the SSA will think you can take on new careers.

Gloria Nowlin (not verified)
Sat, 10/28/2017 - 12:46 Permalink

How much back you get if your start in 2005 and it now 2017


In reply to by Gloria Nowlin (not verified)

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:41 Permalink

Hi there,
You may be eligible for back pay from the time of your application if you were eligible for benefits at the time of your application.

jeffrey (not verified)
Sat, 11/04/2017 - 02:28 Permalink

I finally went to my hearing in july 2017. I have stage 4 COPD. the vocational rehab person told the judge i am unemployable due to having to have an oxygen tank all the time. Have not heard anything, my attorney says they have not heard anything yet. How long could i expect to wait to hear anything.Savings are low have about 5 mos cash left before i will be homeless.

jeffrey (not verified)

In reply to by Deanna

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:32 Permalink

thanks deanna..i've seen different lengths of time on most, but i guess i have no choice but to wait, hope i get some income soon.. ty

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