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)
Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:00 Permalink

I appllied for my SSDI back in March 2014 have attorney seen judge went to state doctor. Told i had to see judge again. I have 2 aneurysms right side of head. And epilepsy seizures. Was told by 4 dr cant work be left alone or drive. How long does this take


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:38 Permalink

Hi there,
It's true, the disability application process may take awhile. The average wait time is generally 17 months to see a judge the first time.


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:38 Permalink

Hi there,
It's true, the disability application process may take awhile. The average wait time is generally 17 months to see a judge the first time.

Evelyn (not verified)
Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:50 Permalink

I was approved by the Judge July 26, 2016. Three days letter I got the award letter. Then August 6, 2016, my attorney said they got paid. Then Sept. 2, 2016 I had my interview at SSA and I rejected SSI. They said I would receive a letter in a few days letting me know when I would be getting my back pay. But as of today I haven't received anything. (I have received my first SS Monthly check). Does anyone know how much longer will it take to receive my back payment. Thank you in advance for all your help. God Bless.


In reply to by Evelyn (not verified)

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 10:55 Permalink

Hi Evelyn,
it generally takes four months after you start getting benefits for back pay to be paid.

vivian (not verified)
Wed, 09/28/2016 - 21:18 Permalink

is there a place in the social security website where to look for updates on your backpay
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Curtis (not verified)
Sun, 10/02/2016 - 20:26 Permalink

Im on disability my dad currently was put on disability aswell he originally applied in 2013 but he didn't put me on there untill 2016 since I was considered mentaly disabled under the age of 18 an have been on disability I'm able to draw from what he will make. My? Is since that's the case will I be able to get the retro back pay from his original date of applying as well


In reply to by Curtis (not verified)

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 15:56 Permalink

Hi Curtis,
If you were entitled to auxiliary benefits based off of your father's work record, then you may be able to get back-pay because of that.

Gary (not verified)
Sun, 10/02/2016 - 23:29 Permalink

I was approved from a judge back in early April. I got my first check in May. I was told I might need a payee, I went to my local office and was told there I was ok to make my own decessions and I didn't need a payee. I waited will Aug and called in and was told the payee thing was hanging it up at the payment center. I told them I came in and they saw all the notes and forwarded that info to the payment center. That was month and half ago, I called last week and spoke to someone again and said the note that was placed to the payment center from last person was gone.(but they said some times the payment center deletes notes) So they said we cant release till your lawyer is paid. I told them he was waiting to be paid. They checked all notes and system and said nothing should be holding the release of the payment to lawyer and would send a request to payment center to pay my lawyer! and then they release me back pay. Is there anything else I can do? I have medical needs and need to have things paid up from past and its like everytime I speak to someone they say they leave and note and call back in a month! Only to be told same things again !? any help please


In reply to by Gary (not verified)

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 10:21 Permalink

Hi Gary,
If you can give the SSA documentation of your urgent need for the money, they may be able to pay your back pay, or a part of it, more quickly.

Anonymous (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 00:46 Permalink

I heard some people talk about contacting congress person in your area? does this help? thanks


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 09:23 Permalink

Hi there,
Yes, contacting your congressperson may help in some circumstances.

alan (not verified)
Wed, 10/05/2016 - 22:53 Permalink

My back pay for SSDI was approved. On my online SS page it says 10/4/2016. Does this mean it was mailed a couple of days ago?


In reply to by alan (not verified)

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:01 Permalink

Hi Alan,
You would generally receive back pay about four months from the time you start receiving monthly benefits.

Virginia (not verified)
Thu, 10/06/2016 - 23:19 Permalink

I originally filed in 2012 was denied 4 months after I initially filed. We appealed it, got to have a hearing in 2013. I don't know if my lawyer appealed it or reapplied for me. But just had another hearing October 4th. The judge was very understanding of my illnesses. How long will it take to get a decision? And will the judge set a onset date for the original date ?


In reply to by Virginia (not verified)

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 10:43 Permalink

Hi Virginia,
Seeing as you have already had a hearing, you may know what your onset date is or is not in the letter that the judge will send in the next few months.

Dan (not verified)
Thu, 10/13/2016 - 00:47 Permalink

Yes, There are limits on back pay. The Judge decides when you became disabled. 3 Years after my initial injury for me. I'm receiving benefits after working for 33 years. Got my first 4 months so far. NO Back Pay yet. 12 months is max. I have 10 months coming minus attorney's fees. they say it takes 120 days- WORKING DAYS- That IS== 6 Months! It's been 5 months for me and they treat me like, "Why are you Even Asking"??

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