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.

Jennifer (not verified)
Sun, 11/24/2019 - 07:40 Permalink

I got approved in October 1,2019 and they're told me 2 mouth it almost December and still nothing what's going on


In reply to by Jennifer (not verified)

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 16:22 Permalink

Hi Jennifer,

The process does take a while, however it has not been two months yet so hold tight. If you would like, you can always call your local office to get a check in on the status.

Darrell H (not verified)
Sun, 12/01/2019 - 03:36 Permalink

My lawyer said I was approved for ssdi but it doesn’t show this information on ssa website. Does this mean I will be receiving benefits soon or could my lawyer have misinformed me ? How does my lawyer know the decision before me ?


In reply to by Darrell H (not verified)

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 16:05 Permalink

Hi Darrell,

Your lawyer fees will be the first thing paid before you receive your benefits. That is how he might know before you. If your lawyer has received money, you shouldn't be too far behind!

Jessenia (not verified)
Sun, 12/01/2019 - 18:41 Permalink

Just saw my benefit verification letter online saying they are paying me back pay til November 2019 . When will I get my backpay


In reply to by Jessenia (not verified)

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:44 Permalink


It generally takes about 4 months to receive back pay and then will come in installments every 6 months depending on the size of the payment.

Ricardo (not verified)
Fri, 12/06/2019 - 00:24 Permalink

I was approved in august 2019 for benefits received my first monthly check in October when will i start getting my back pay?

Kay (not verified)
Tue, 12/10/2019 - 10:25 Permalink

I file in June its December is that a bad thing that I have not got an answer by now? I was told it takes 3 to 4 months but its been almost 6 months and my app is still pending. Can anyone make me understand why it's still pending?


In reply to by Kay (not verified)

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 17:26 Permalink

Hi Kay,

The length of time to hear back varies from case to case! You can try calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to find out if they have any updates.

Chaunta (not verified)
Wed, 12/11/2019 - 21:02 Permalink

What does it mean if your ssdi is processing at the payment center and when should I receive my payments.


In reply to by Chaunta (not verified)

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 16:46 Permalink

Hi Chaunta,

The length of time to hear back varies from case to case! You can try calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to find out if they have any updates.

Anonymous (not verified)
Sat, 12/14/2019 - 23:35 Permalink

They said i was approved and they have processed my award , how long does that process takes.


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 16:44 Permalink


The length of time to hear back varies from case to case! You can try calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to find out if they have any updates.

West Virginia widow (not verified)
Tue, 01/14/2020 - 12:14 Permalink

I am currently receiving survivor benefits from my late husband and I have since recieving my survivor benefits become legally blind am I entitled to any other benefits due to my loss of sight?


In reply to by West Virginia widow (not verified)

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 16:52 Permalink

Hi There,

You may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. You'll need to meet the Blue Book listing (I would consult with your doctor) as well as meet either the work credit requirements for SSDI or be within the income limits for SSI.

Little Darlin (not verified)
Wed, 01/29/2020 - 22:36 Permalink

I was initially denied after filing in Aug/2019, hired a lawyer and he filed the reconsideration only 3 weeks ago. On the website today, it says a medical decision has been made...I'm wondering if it's a bad sign to get a decision so soon?

Little Darlin (not verified)
Wed, 01/29/2020 - 22:38 Permalink

I was initially denied after filing in Aug/2019, hired a lawyer and he filed the reconsideration only 3 weeks ago. On the website today, it says a medical decision has been made...I'm wondering if it's a bad sign to get a decision so soon?


In reply to by Little Darlin (not verified)

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 13:59 Permalink


For the most part, you can't really gather much from the length of time it takes to make a decision. It just means that they have moved on to the technical determination.

Jrwatters (not verified)
Thu, 02/06/2020 - 14:09 Permalink

I started receiving my ssdi benefits in Oct of 19. Still have not received my back payment. SS stated when called about it that it was at processing center but said nothing more. What could be taking it soo long to be processed and is there a way to speed it up?


In reply to by Jrwatters (not verified)

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 16:11 Permalink

Hi Jrwatters,

Often it takes about 6 months for you to receive back pay after you begin receiving your benefits. You may be able to request expedited back pay.

Penny (not verified)
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 10:17 Permalink

I know I have sent 2 messages!! But I am desperately needing to know what I can do to get the rest of the backpay!!! I don’t know what else to do we have contacted social security numerous times, my lawyer has tried to help with this!!! My son is really in need of this money to help him pay his bills until he starts his new job and starts drawing a check from them and they pay by weekly!! And he won’t start this job until two weeks and the job he is at right now he isn’t getting to work that much and we are trying to help him out but we are not able to do that much!!!


In reply to by Penny (not verified)

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 14:38 Permalink

Hi Penny,

Back Pay will generally come in 3 installments starting 4 months from approval and then 6 month intervals after that. Are you looking to get an advance on the money?

Jo (not verified)
Tue, 02/25/2020 - 15:01 Permalink

Hi. I am married already receving rsdi. If my husband applies for rsdi would this effect my benefits?

Jose (not verified)
Wed, 03/04/2020 - 15:03 Permalink

It has been 4 month and i haven't received my back pay why is that and what should I do.


In reply to by Jose (not verified)

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 13:20 Permalink

Hi Jose,

I would recommend calling the SSA or making an appointment. They will be able to look at your application and should be able to provide more information. Have you spoken with your attorney? They will receive their payment before you therefore if they have been paid, your money should be coming in shortly.

Mari (not verified)
Mon, 03/16/2020 - 16:03 Permalink

I finally got out of the worker’s compensation system. I am permanently disabled due to my work accident. I was approved for social security disability on the 1st try. I’m supposed to get my full disability amount & backpay since I am no longer getting work comp payments since Oct. 2019 when will I get my full SS payment & the backpay

Jackie (not verified)
Sun, 03/22/2020 - 16:51 Permalink

Hi, my husband just received my children's backpay, how long will it be before he gets his back

Carol Cahoon (not verified)
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:33 Permalink

I got my first disability check for February in March. How long before I recieve back pay

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 05/07/2020 - 18:25 Permalink

What is the difference between SSI and SSDI? And how do they determine which one you can get?


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 14:38 Permalink

Hi There,

SSI and SSDI both have the same medical requirements. The difference is that SSI is a needs-based program, so your income must fall under a specific limit. For SSDI, there is no limit for income, but you need a specific amount of work credits (earned by paying into Social Security). The number of work credits is based on your age. In terms of determining how much you'll receive, it varies on a case by case basis. Things like your medical condition, cost of living where you live, cost of your daily living needs, etc.

Sue (not verified)
Fri, 06/05/2020 - 13:36 Permalink

Is backpay determined on what toy made before appkying

Krystal Logan (not verified)
Sat, 07/11/2020 - 05:53 Permalink

If I didn’t have an attorney representing me and still was fully favorable do I still pay someone or do I keep all the money owed to me.

Latasha Noble (not verified)
Thu, 07/16/2020 - 18:14 Permalink

I got ssi when I was younger I didn't kno I was adopted but I found out and now I'm applying for ssi cuz I'm having major problems but I went to state doctor and now it says when I call to check on the status tht the medical portion is being process.. does tht mean approved or denied???

Evelyn (not verified)
Wed, 07/22/2020 - 15:40 Permalink

My husband just had his alj how long will it take for his answer? And is there another way to get his answer besides through the mail?


In reply to by Evelyn (not verified)

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 14:57 Permalink

Hi Evelyn,

If your husband worked with a lawyer, he can try contacting them. Lawyers often find out before their client if they were approved for benefits.

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