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.

Denise (not verified)
Fri, 07/15/2016 - 15:46 Permalink


My mother was approved for SSI & SSA back in Jan. 2016. Her regular monthly payments started in April 2016. But they will not release all of her back pay for another 6 months. We need help on rent and others bills because I had to take off work to care for my mother from time to time and it's a struggle. How can we get help?


In reply to by Denise (not verified)

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:59 Permalink

Hi Denise,
If you bring documentation of your need for expedited back pay, the SSA may be able to help you out.

Aubbrina (not verified)
Sun, 07/17/2016 - 00:31 Permalink

How long does it take for my son back pay to show up the day on the computer


In reply to by Aubbrina (not verified)

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:00 Permalink

Hi Aubbrina,
It will vary based on what bank you use and how long it takes for them to process the payment.

Richard (not verified)
Tue, 07/19/2016 - 12:28 Permalink

I was approved may 27th 2016. I still haven't received anything or any phone call. The only way I found out I was approved was by my lawyer calling to check my case. Why haven't I received anything?


In reply to by Richard (not verified)

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 12:46 Permalink

Hi Richard,
I am sorry to hear that. It can often take 2-3 months for your payments to start--just hang in there! They should arrive shortly.

vanessa (not verified)
Sat, 07/23/2016 - 15:58 Permalink

I went through the same thing n just got my reward letter last week.... I will be getting paid (backpay) for 2 years (24 months), so no, that's not true. I applied in June 2014 and was denied ...Got an attorney afterwards, and was accepted from the 1st time I signed up, so you most definitely should be getting 2 years back pay as well.

Sherry (not verified)
Tue, 07/26/2016 - 09:15 Permalink

I filed for my disability in Feb.2013. I was turned down twice. The third time went in front of ALJ that was March 2016. All I know is it's in writing. I am a single mom with a teenage boy .

Patricia maynor (not verified)
Tue, 07/26/2016 - 14:10 Permalink

How can I find out if my back pay for ssd has been mailed out

Lynn (not verified)
Tue, 07/26/2016 - 21:11 Permalink

I was approved at my hearing that was held two weeks ago. I haven't heard back and I didn't have a lawyer. I called the office where the hearing was held and they told me a decision writer has my case. Is this bad? Can they change their mind? I'm homeless at the moment and I have my mail sent to a friends house because I don't have an address. Should I know anything by now?


In reply to by Lynn (not verified)

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 14:20 Permalink

Hi Lynn,
If you were approved, do not worry! You will definitely receive your benefits. You would have heard by now if you were not approved.

wesley (not verified)
Wed, 07/27/2016 - 15:25 Permalink

I was approved for disability in march and received my first payment in april 2016. all the people I talked to said 60 to 90 days for my backpay and I am now coming to 150 days. I did not get ssi and do not owe the govt money and did not use a lawyer so can someone tell me what could be holding it up. No two people at soc sec can give me the same answer


In reply to by wesley (not verified)

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 14:21 Permalink

Hi Wesley,
That is pretty strange. I usually say around 120 days, and you're a full month over that. I'm sorry to hear that! Your best bet is to call your local SSA office and ask to be directed to the office that's in charge of releasing your back pay.

wesley (not verified)
Wed, 07/27/2016 - 15:29 Permalink

After my approval for disability I have been diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. Does it make a difference if I have this disability so that it would quicken my backpay


In reply to by wesley (not verified)

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 14:21 Permalink

Hi Wesley,
Wow, I am very sorry to hear that. It's possible if you have a severe medical need, such as surgery or chemotherapy to treat your cancer.

Teresa (not verified)
Fri, 07/29/2016 - 01:43 Permalink

My husband got his fully favorable letter on june 17 2016 he had a hearing on june 10 can anybody tell me how long ut takes to get your reward letter. He got approved for ssi but only got 2199 in june but not received anything else u called the ss office and they saud he hasn't been approved for ssdi yet. His onset date is November 1 2012 they are going back over three years my husband hasnt worked since may 2009 thank you for anyone who answers I really appreciate it


In reply to by Teresa (not verified)

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 15:23 Permalink

Hi Teresa,
Your husband may get his award letter in the next few months, don't worry!

Joseph (not verified)
Tue, 08/02/2016 - 07:20 Permalink

Good morning, where or how can I find out if my SSI Backpay has been approved?

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