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.

Anonymous (not verified)
Tue, 07/03/2018 - 15:57 Permalink

My husband draw disabilty he draws the same every month tjis month 138 dollars short how come


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 16:20 Permalink

Hi There,

You'll have to contact the SSA to find out the exact reason. Their number is 1-800-772-1213. If he started working then it may have reduced his payment.

Anonymous (not verified)
Tue, 07/24/2018 - 13:54 Permalink

How long do it take to get your back payment from ssa after being approved


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 16:37 Permalink

Hi There,

You typically receive back pay four months after you start receiving your disability benefits.

Anonymous (not verified)
Fri, 08/03/2018 - 12:15 Permalink

Call who

Anonymous (not verified)
Fri, 08/03/2018 - 12:17 Permalink

What's the number please

Phillip (not verified)
Tue, 08/14/2018 - 20:25 Permalink

Will social security remember my last back pay

carrie (not verified)
Wed, 08/15/2018 - 00:08 Permalink

Hi all I'm meeting with a lawyer cause I was turned down when I did it on my own.Is this good that Im meeting with a lawyer and he excepts my case?

Anonymous (not verified)
Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:49 Permalink

I received my fully favorable letter on May 21. Received my first monthly payment on June 25 how much longer before I receive my backpay

Jeff Martin (not verified)
Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:17 Permalink

Approved for disability on May 21, received my first monthly payment on June 25. When will I receive my backpay, the processing center has had it since July 12

Jeffrey (not verified)
Sat, 08/18/2018 - 14:00 Permalink

I started receiving my monthly payments in June when should I expect to receive my backpay


In reply to by Jeffrey (not verified)

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 17:03 Permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Backpay usually comes about 4 months after you start receiving your payments.

Keith Whiteaker (not verified)
Wed, 08/22/2018 - 13:30 Permalink

I received my award letter and it states that I became disabled on January 28,2017 but it doesn't tell my monthly benefits amount. It is at the processing center and has been since the 14th of this month the judge flagged it as a critical need so how long does it take for them to process the payment amount and for my family to receive benefits?

Ray (not verified)
Tue, 08/28/2018 - 16:32 Permalink

If I received my first back pay on March 21 2018,when should I receive my second installment?

Annette Hoy (not verified)
Thu, 09/06/2018 - 18:10 Permalink

Can my entire SSDI back pay be kept to pay off student loans and?

Debra (not verified)
Wed, 09/12/2018 - 01:49 Permalink

How long does it take to receive any of your back payments i been approved since January of 2018 i received my award letter stating the amount of back payments but haven't received any.


In reply to by Debra (not verified)

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:36 Permalink

Hi Debra,

You typically receive backpay about four months after you first start receiving benefits.

vicky mays (not verified)
Tue, 10/09/2018 - 22:30 Permalink

when will i receive my back pay

Whisper (not verified)
Thu, 10/25/2018 - 11:31 Permalink

I got my fully favorable notice in august of this year no award letter no benefit check .....and called said still working on said not them holding things up much longer


In reply to by Whisper (not verified)

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 16:49 Permalink

Hi There,

I am so sorry to hear that. You should have at least received a letter in the mail regarding it. Were you working with a Social Security attorney? I would check in with them since attorneys are always paid by the SSA first, then the claimant.

Vince (not verified)
Fri, 10/26/2018 - 12:38 Permalink

I received a fully favorable decision from SSDI on Septemebr 1st and received my first check this October, i was wondering what is a est. time frame when i will receive my back pay.

Missy (not verified)
Wed, 11/07/2018 - 15:24 Permalink

My husband is awarded back pay from disability, our lawyer has been paid for months now but he still hasn't received anything. He does not get on going benefits and each time we call they tell us next month it's been well over 90 daya

Jonathan Carswell (not verified)
Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:48 Permalink

Why would the Treasury Department pay the lawyer I used for my Social Security disability case but not me even though I was approved for SSDI back pay for a closed period? As far as I know I will not get any kind of a monthly check just the back pay.


In reply to by Jonathan Carswell (not verified)

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:51 Permalink

Hi Johnathan,

The Treasury Dept. doesn't pay for legal expenses for disability cases. Social Security lawyers are paid on a contingency fee, meaning they only get paid if you win your case. If you win your case, The SSA will pay your attorney's legal fees.

David (not verified)
Mon, 12/17/2018 - 14:01 Permalink

Had my SSDI hearing June 6th. Notified of full disability and back pay on August 18th. Got my first monthly benefit payment in Sept. Still NO back pay. Lawyer has sent 2 letters. He was paid in September. He said there is a back log and delay. Is anyone else waiting all this time?

Allen (not verified)
Wed, 12/26/2018 - 12:05 Permalink

I received a letter that I will receive my back pay around the 23rd of December I still haven't got it yet does anybody know how long it takes ty


In reply to by Allen (not verified)

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 12:10 Permalink

Hi Allen,

It could be because of the holidays. I would recommend checking in with the SSA after the New Year to see.

carl (not verified)
Wed, 01/02/2019 - 02:32 Permalink

i just got approved 12/01/2018 how long do i have to wait back pay

Jennifer (not verified)

In reply to by carl (not verified)

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 22:15 Permalink

I received my approval letter 12/14/18. Received first SSA check in February. I haven’t received any back pay either. Did you ever receive yours?

Dee (not verified)
Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:51 Permalink

My son was born at 26 weeks in 1993. That year he qualified for ssi because he was under 1000 grams at birth. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsey at age 2. He was developmentally delayed do to his prematurity. He walked without assistance at age 6 and was attending school as a student with special needs. This continued untill high school and to our amazment he bloomed like never before and became an honor roll student graduated at a normal student potential. At age 18 the ssi was reevaluating him because he was an adult and said he was fine and didnt need ssi anymore. I appealed it once and lost then twice and lost having to pay this money back. Now its been 9 years and im still struggling finacially. My son still lives with me and if they would have just given me a chance to show them why my son was still didabled they could see for themselves that there would be no way he could work in the community. They should have never discontinued him and i feel like they owe us what can i do


In reply to by Dee (not verified)

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:12 Permalink

Hi Dee,

Has your son tried re-applying for disability benefits? From my understanding, you had appealed a few times but it's been 9 years. He can apply again, but it would be a new application rather than an appeal. Keep in mind one reason many claims are denied is because of lack of medical evidence. If he applies again, I would make sure he has all his past and current medical evidence to support his claim. If he hasn't worked, he'll need to apply for SSI again because he won't have enough work credits for SSDI.

June (not verified)
Tue, 02/12/2019 - 14:20 Permalink

My husband had a stroke November 28th of 2017. I applied for disability soon after because he was paralyzed we didn't get a notification till May of 2018 that he was approved for disability and now the Social Security is telling me that he is not eligible for back pay. I don't feel that it's right he wasn't working I was and he was disabled


In reply to by June (not verified)

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 14:26 Permalink

Hi June,

When someone is approved within 5 months of applying for disability benefits, then the SSA does not reward them backpay. It sounds like that was the case for your husband.

Kimberly (not verified)
Thu, 03/21/2019 - 08:49 Permalink

I think I may have been approved from what I’m reading in these notes it’s said a medical decision has been made they are reviewing the benefit application. If I am approved I have 10 year old twins will they automatically receive anything as well?


In reply to by Kimberly (not verified)

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 15:54 Permalink

Hi Kimberly,

If you are approved for SSDI and listed them on your application then they may be able to receive auxiliary benefits. Once approved you can also apply for them to receive auxiliary benefits if they were not awarded any.

Kennethia (not verified)
Tue, 04/16/2019 - 08:09 Permalink

If I was approved for SSI could I get some of my backpay untol they start sending my payments due to hardship


In reply to by Kennethia (not verified)

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:38 Permalink

Hi There,

In certain cases, you can receive expedited payments from the SSA. You should notify a SSA rep regarding that.

Big G (not verified)
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:01 Permalink

I won my case in Aug 2018 started receiving my benefit check in Jan 2019 it is now April of 2019 have not received my back pay. Dose anyone know how long it takes to receive it?

Thank you

Ernesto (not verified)
Fri, 04/19/2019 - 02:05 Permalink

How long after I receive a notice of award letter do I get my back pay from ssd? And am already receiving monthly benefits. Just waiting on my lump sum back pay which is a one time pay out

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