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 mark (not verified)

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:40 Permalink

Hi there,
if she re-applied, she may only be eligible for back pay from the time of her application.

Cristen (not verified)
Fri, 12/15/2017 - 00:01 Permalink

Hi I was approved for SSDI and October my first payment was October 3 how long do I need to wait for my backpay in need have three children ?


In reply to by Cristen (not verified)

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 15:19 Permalink

HI there,
It generally takes about four months from the time you start receiving disability benefits to receive SSDI back pay.

Glen Dean (not verified)

In reply to by Cristen (not verified)

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:32 Permalink

Will it come on the same day of the month that your regular payment comes?

Rob (not verified)
Sun, 12/17/2017 - 01:00 Permalink

My app. date for ssid is November my date of disability is the previous july i provided all the proof unemployment docs from same month they sent the money from the November date and paid the lawyer what about the other 6 months do they do that normally maybe to get rid of the lawyer if anyone has an idea I'd appreciate hearing it


In reply to by Rob (not verified)

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 15:15 Permalink

Hi Rob,
It's possible that your date of disability will be moved up to the date you applied--your attorney may have changed your date of disability to give you a higher chance of approval.

Darla (not verified)
Fri, 12/22/2017 - 07:27 Permalink

I received 2 award letters onw is 30k more than the other whats the difference in the 2 letters and why am i being paid the lesser amount.

harry (not verified)
Fri, 12/22/2017 - 23:56 Permalink

I filled in march 2013 I was approved 12 /22 /17 the letter said I will be getting a check on the 3rd of jan . how long will it take me to recive a letter about back pay and how far will they back pay me


In reply to by harry (not verified)

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:32 Permalink

Hi Harry,
I could not say for sure, but you may be eligible for back pay from the time that you were determined to be disabled by the SSA.

Austin (not verified)
Tue, 12/26/2017 - 07:31 Permalink

I receive Survivor's Benefits from my deceased father, and my legal guardian was approved as payee 3-4 months ago but we still haven't received anything. We did have a change of address, but we've contacted our local Social Security office and they are aware. But we still haven't received anything and its been another 3-4 weeks since then. Does anyone know what could possibly be the problem, and what happens to the last 4 months of checks?


In reply to by Austin (not verified)

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 15:48 Permalink

Hi Austin,
That's odd--it usually takes around four months to receive checks from the SSA, so you should receive some kind of payment shortly.

Howard (not verified)
Wed, 12/27/2017 - 00:05 Permalink

Approved 12/8 after 3 denials, appealed with lawyer. Onset is 03/2016 and i am still awaiting award letter with payment details. I also owe both the IRS (1.5k) and child support arrears (35k) and wonder if after my legal fees if I will see any of my back pay. I also am curious if i need to wait for my award letter to enrol my son or inform his mother. Its been 4 years give or take and im glad it is looking up. Veteran, ptsd, SSDI R
reviewed in 18 months wow

Saundra (not verified)
Thu, 12/28/2017 - 14:05 Permalink

I became disabled June of 2011 however did not apply for social security disability until Sept of 2016 because i thought after the many surgeries I needed I would be able to return to work but that is not the case surgery has not helped. I had my hearing Dec 6 2017 in which my stupid incompetent attorney was SO unprepared and without my surgical reports that the ALJ asked for. He was reprimanded by the judge for not having significant documents to my case is there ANYTHING I can do about this attorney? IF I do get approved (which I doubt...because of his incompetence) is there ANYTHING I can do about him getting any of my back pay? Because he does NOT deserve a dime. I did ALL the work myself and he STILL screwed it all up. It will NOT be fair to me if i lose this case and dont get approved because my attorney was a complete incompetent asshole? PLEASE HELP


In reply to by Saundra (not verified)

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 15:49 Permalink

Hi Saundra,
I am sorry to hear that. You can continue your claim if you are denied. You can also speak with another attorney by filling out our Free Evaluation.

Vanessa (not verified)
Sat, 12/30/2017 - 16:14 Permalink

My explanation letter stated that my back pay check should arrive on or around Dec 24 th but it didn’t ? Why and what could have gone wrong


In reply to by Vanessa (not verified)

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 14:00 Permalink

Hi Vanessa,
I could not really say, processing times for banking institutions may vary and you may want to contact the SSA regarding this.

Wayne (not verified)
Wed, 01/03/2018 - 19:59 Permalink

In a nut shell I applied in June of 2012, denied all the way to the Federal Court to have my case remanded back to a judge who finally after 5 1/2 years approved my claim. That was October 2018. For now since Dec 2017 I've been receiving ssi. Although approved for ssd, it takes them time to process everything. SSI took all my backpay which was $39,299 to pay back cash assistance. Still awaiting numbers for my SSDI. The process has been a nightmare. It'll be 6 years next month. I cant get that time back....SMH

Will (not verified)
Sun, 01/07/2018 - 06:40 Permalink

The event that triggered my ptsd happened 12 years ago, I got 14 yr old son whose sucidal, homeless, untreated sick my phsk retired almost six years ago, I'm a single parent on state medicaid how do I find immediate medical treatment before I blow up over it all?


In reply to by Will (not verified)

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 17:04 Permalink

Hi Will,
I'm sorry to hear about that! You may be able to find resources in your community that can help.

Lisa (not verified)
Sun, 01/07/2018 - 20:55 Permalink

After waiting 3 years, I was approved by a judge for SSDI and SSI in October 2016. I received a partial payment 2 weeks later for the SSI and I started receiving my monthly SSDI payment in November 2016. I have not received my back pay for SSDI as of yet but have gotten the representation approval letter. Even my attorney hasn't been paid yet and their fee has been set aside out of my back pay. So, being patient is the game we all have to play here and, although sad to say, there isn't much choice in the matter. I was told by several SSA representatives that my payment is being processed at the payment center. The SSA website gives you no information on back pay, only the payments they have issued. Don't give up! I certainly understand the frustration that comes with waiting and it does tend to shoot up our temperatures! Those of us who are in debt due to waiting should consider taking everything to your local SSA office to see if it will expedite your case. That is what I plan to do very soon.....Good luck!

Steve (not verified)
Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:58 Permalink

I signed up for my soc sec 2012 awarded nov 2017. The judge disabled me from 2017 i will receive five years of back pay per order but have not received yet

lisa (not verified)
Tue, 01/09/2018 - 07:21 Permalink

I filled SSI/SSDI in December 13 2013 and was appoved for SSDI December 20 2017.that is 48 months - the 5 months which will take it down to 43 months,how many months of bacpay will I get..

Loveme24 (not verified)
Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:43 Permalink

My daughter was approved for ssi on December 28,2017 when will she receive her 1st back payment


In reply to by Loveme24 (not verified)

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:11 Permalink

Hi there,
she should receive her back payment around the same time she starts receiving monthly benefits.

Debbie Whitney (not verified)
Thu, 01/11/2018 - 14:03 Permalink

I was approved for my SSDI in Sept of 2017, They still haven't released the back pay, I have received 3 Months payment an that's all how long does it take for them to do the back pay


In reply to by Debbie Whitney (not verified)

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:21 Permalink

Hi Debbie,
It usually takes about 4 months from the time you first receive monthly benefits.

Melanie (not verified)
Sat, 01/13/2018 - 04:11 Permalink

well I'm very confused at this point, I got approved for SSI and SSDI my approval date is January 1st 2014. and like I said I'm very confused I don't know what I'm getting my first monthly check I don't know what I'm just going to start back pay I don't know how much that's going to be I'm not sure how it all works my lawyer was not any help at all. is someone out there can help me or explain it to me how they do the back pay the monthly chats Etc


In reply to by Melanie (not verified)

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:39 Permalink

Hi Melanie,
You may want to contact the SSA regarding this as they would have information about your award. You may also find your award letter in the mail.

sarah (not verified)
Sun, 01/14/2018 - 07:16 Permalink

I received my disability letter of full favorable on November 16,2017, The judge deemed me disabled all the way back to March 2012. I just received my 1st disability benefit January 2018. Will I get back pay back to that March date ? I have still no back pay amount yet and every time I call to check the status, it says pending. iN OUR LETTER FROM THE JUDGE HE STATES THAT IF WE DO NOT HAVE BACK PAY WITHIN 60 DAYS to contact his office. Still no word. Is this normal ? We were deemed a hardship case, but what a joke.


In reply to by sarah (not verified)

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:58 Permalink

Hi Sarah,
You may receive back pay for the time you are eligible for SSDI benefits but did not receive them. Generally, You would receive back pay about four months from the time that you start receiving monthly benefits, but because yours was a hardship case, the judge may have wanted to make sure that you get your back pay faster than that, you may want to contact their office.

Tom (not verified)
Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:57 Permalink

I applied in 2009 waited 3 years the final decision was negative. My lawyer reapplied for me decision was negative got new lawyer filed federal appeal waiting on that. Meanwhile my first lawyer reapplied again now keep in mind all this with the same conditions. I was approved in September 2017, now hears the big but. They told me even though I qualified for disability I won't get paid because I haven't worked in 5 years (actually it's been 10 because of my disabilities) I can only get SSI what a crock...does anyone know if I can appeal this decision. I worked my whole life.

Riley (not verified)
Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:23 Permalink

I heard the news the government might shut down, will that affect my social security checks ?


In reply to by Riley (not verified)

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:55 Permalink

Hi Riley,
You may still receive social security payments even during a shutdown.

William Hall (not verified)
Wed, 01/17/2018 - 14:15 Permalink

I have been on hold for 5 months after mmy hearing how much longer will they have me pending


In reply to by William Hall (not verified)

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:07 Permalink

Hi William,
I could not say! You may want to contact the SSA regarding this, you can call them at 1-800-772-1213.

Lynn (not verified)
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 03:21 Permalink

My 2nd husband passed away early 2017, while waiting on court date for SSDI. 9 months later court ruled in his favor and dated back to mid-2011. I received call 3weeks back from SSA requesting my bank routing info and requesting that I go to local SSA to fill out a form and provide them with a copy of our marriage license. The SSA lady asked when I would be able to do this and I said I would go that day. She ended the call by stating something about them getting the account closed and getting the funds to me. I haven’t heard anything since. Do I need to try calling them?

Lisa (not verified)
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:44 Permalink

I just spent an hour on the phone with ssa. I was told that as I was approved for both ssi and ssdi that the backpay for ssi would be deducted from my disability back pay which could leave me with little to nothing. Wtf????? This is in no way fair at all! Does anyone have any tips on how this could possibly be legal???


In reply to by Lisa (not verified)

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:27 Permalink

Hi Lisa,
If you had already received SSI benefits, you would only receive your benefits for SSDI less the benefits you have already received.

Lisa (not verified)
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:00 Permalink



In reply to by Lisa (not verified)

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:18 Permalink

Hi Lisa,
If you had qualified for SSDI, you may not be eligible for SSI benefits as the SSA would only give you both if your SSDI benefits would be less than $750 a month.

Melanie (not verified)
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:33 Permalink

After almost 4 years and being denied twice I WON my case, how much will I get per month and how much for back pay can I expect? Live in small town of Hanford California but court decesion was made in Fresno California


In reply to by Melanie (not verified)

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:03 Permalink

Hi Melanie,

Congrats on winning your case. I can't say for sure, but generally you will get back pay from the initial date you applied. The SSA may be able to shed some light on that. Best of luck.

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