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 CAM (not verified)

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 13:03 Permalink

Hi Cam,
A fast court date may not be a denial, in fact if your lawyer had informed you of it it may have been in the works for some time.

Kelly (not verified)

In reply to by Jamie (not verified)

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 22:59 Permalink

How long did it take from when you got your award letter til you got your back pay? Mine has the monthly amount and the back pay amount on it.


In reply to by Kelly (not verified)

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 16:21 Permalink

Hi Kelly,
It often takes about 4-6 months to receive back pay AFTER the first monthly benefit comes in.

Best Wishes,


In reply to by Charlene (not verified)

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:35 Permalink

Hi Charlene,
Back pay is generally disbursed about four months after you are approved for SSDI benefits.

Barnard Gatewood (not verified)

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 17:03 Permalink

I applied 3yrs ago , was approved fully faborley by judge do i get payments up to know


In reply to by Barnard Gatewood (not verified)

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:13 Permalink

Hi Barnard,

You are entitled to backpay from the date that you initially applied for benefits.

Best of Luck,

Jay (not verified)

In reply to by Eric

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 17:13 Permalink

So o got approved for ssd haven't got a letter yet will I get back pay

Katrina (not verified)

In reply to by Eric

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 18:00 Permalink

Can you or someone confirm whether or not the 12 mo cap on back pay benefits is true even if initial app and date of approved onset is over 4 years ago?

douglaskleeves (not verified)
Thu, 10/29/2015 - 22:34 Permalink

i recieved benifits in nov 2004 it took them 16 months to approve it and i didnt recieve any back pay


In reply to by douglaskleeves (not verified)

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 09:34 Permalink

Hi Douglas,
I am sorry to hear that! I think that if you were entitled to back pay, you would have received it by now. It is likely that the judge who approved your claim changed your onset date and thus changed the time of your disability.

noreen (not verified)

In reply to by Deanna

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 09:40 Permalink

Received fully favorable Disability for ssdi and widows benefit onset of July 2014 first payment set for November 16 2016 attorney was paid this last Wednesday Had phone interview about Ssi on Thursday and won,T be double because of widow benefit amount my question is when should I expect my backpay?


In reply to by noreen (not verified)

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 10:05 Permalink

Hi Noreen,
You should expect any back pay you may be due about four months after you start receiving monthly benefits.

Marc (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 19:55 Permalink

I was approved for SSDI an I receive my monthly checks but no back pay yet. I go to local office an keep asking how long for my back pay? Always keep hearing it's at the payment center and has been there since Aug 8 2016. But my attorney hasn't been paid yet an I'm still waiting. They said 6 months at first an now it hasn't came yet. When I was approved I went an got my own apt and have bills now etc.. I'm sleeping on floor no furniture or anything. I need my back pay like yesterday. Because after I pay my rent an bills I'm broke... Can anyone please tell me what to do? An how much longer will my SSDI back pay will take?


In reply to by Marc (not verified)

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:37 Permalink

Hi Marc,
I'm sorry to hear about that! It takes about four months from the time you receive monthly benefits to receive back pay for SSDI.

Lawrence Kennedy (not verified)
Fri, 10/30/2015 - 21:45 Permalink

How much will my ssdi payments be this year. I,m currently getting 911.00 a month.


In reply to by Lawrence Kennedy (not verified)

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 09:22 Permalink

Hi Lawrence,
There will actually be no COLA this year, so your monthly benefit will not go up in 2016.

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