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.

Janet (not verified)
Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:53 Permalink

On 1/13/17 After 4yrs the judge awarded my decision favorable. From D.O.I. date. Finally on 3/19/17 recieved first payment. Letter stated, to recieve next payment 4/26/17. My attorney informed SSD I had dire need and it was noted. As I lost my home 1/30/15 an spend most days homeless. Ive been to local offce 1/30/17 called an made appointment a month later. Kept appointment. All prior to recieving first payment. I called again 4/15 to see if theres a hold up, with lump sum. Is there anyone who could give me a date I would recieve lump. Adam at the local office was terribly rude. Claimed if i didnt call every day, just maybe they could get to it. To say the least I was taken back. I ask for his supervisor. He said no, have a nice day an hung up. It seem I cant get an answer from the Cherry hill NJ Office. Any suggestions or answers on A. When I could expect lump sum? B.How about Adam?

Eric

In reply to by Janet (not verified)

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:09 Permalink

Hi Janet,

It generally takes around 5 months once you get approved. I would recommend speaking to a disability rights advocate or attorney.

Best of Luck,
Eric

Ladyluck (not verified)
Thu, 04/20/2017 - 19:12 Permalink

Hi I was approved for my SSDI, April 11th 2017, my onset date is July 2016. So does this mean I have a 5 month waiting period July, August, September November and December before i get my first payment. I'm not sure if I'm getting a SSI payment as well waiting on that letter to arrive. I'm just trying to figure this whole thing out. Thanks

Eric

In reply to by Ladyluck (not verified)

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 09:31 Permalink

Hi There,

The 5 month waiting period is for when you get approved for SSDI. So you got approved in April, so you should get your payments starting in September.

Best of Luck,
Eric

Tanya (not verified)
Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:44 Permalink

I have a couple of questions
#1 .If you get approved for disability do you automatically get approved for SSDI? I was approved for SSD but says my SSDI is still pending.
#2. I do work part time but only12 to 19 hrs.a week. to keep afloat while waiting on a decision on SSD. now that I have been approved, can I give a 2 weeks notice to my employer or will that affect my SSD and SSDI if I do ? It is not that I do not want to work, because I do, just very hard for me to do, because of my disability but had to have something to keep me afloat . Thank god I got approved, but not sure why they have not made a decision on SSDI yet ? Thanks

Eric

In reply to by Tanya (not verified)

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:22 Permalink

Hi Tanya,

1. SSD and SSDI are the same thing, they stand for Social Security Disability. It allows workers who become disabled to receive their Social Security retirement benefits early.

2. You can still work and be on SSD, but it cannot exceed the SGA monthly amount which is $1,170/month for non-blind people.

Best of Luck,
Eric

Kayla Lemoine (not verified)
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 01:10 Permalink

I turned in estimate for quicker back pay for vehicle. How long could it take for me to get it

Eric

In reply to by Kayla Lemoine (not verified)

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 09:49 Permalink

Hi Kayla,

Unfortunately it's hard to say when you will exactly get the payments.

Best of Luck,
Eric

Kayla Lemoine (not verified)
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 01:13 Permalink

I receive SSI and have received first installment of back pay. I recently submitted a estimate for a vehicle to get to Dr appointments. How long does SSI have to contact me

Eric

In reply to by Kayla Lemoine (not verified)

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:09 Permalink

Hi Kayla,

It's hard to say, but I would recommend calling the SSA and speaking to a representative directly: 1-800-772-1213

Best of Luck,
Eric

james (not verified)
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:33 Permalink

morning all i am hoping u can help me, my disability was denied in 2011 last year they approved my disability in dec 2016, i received my award letter, and have been receiving monthly benefits however, i have called and got the run around for 3 months, this week i called the 1800 lady told me my back payment was approved, so tues i called my local office, the lady there said they dont know what the other person is talking about last letter they show to me is feb 1th for ticket to work, called 1800 again this time a lady tells me she dosn't know why i was told approved they are still working on it at processing center ones march 20 and again april 10th and 14th, so i called again yesterday to the 1800 different lady tells me, someone sent a release of benefits on march 21st, and it can take 45 days for the money to reach me, that if i have not received my back pay by may 5th to call back and expedite release, plz help, and by the way they are paying me five years of backpay

Eric

In reply to by james (not verified)

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:11 Permalink

Hi James,

I would recommend being pro-active and staying on top of this matter, because it is a long and sometimes confusing process.

Best of Luck,
Eric

Mary (not verified)
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:35 Permalink

I applied for SSDI/SSI Sept 2016 on my own, first time. I received an award letter this month stating I will receive $975 a month. I have an appt today to go over everything and for my funds to be released. My friend filed for the same, about 1 month earlier than I. She received her award letter last month ( March 2017) and 11 days later her full back pay was direct deposited into her account. Not all claims take a long time. I will receive my back pay in approx the same amount of time. Not sure if it varies from state to state due to staffing but here in Oregon our SS workers are great, easy to contact and talk with and quick!!

Janie (not verified)
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 15:36 Permalink

I applied in August 2016. My case is now in quality review. I applied for ssdi. Do you think I will get any backpay?

Robert M (not verified)
Sun, 04/23/2017 - 08:30 Permalink

I'm excited but confused, I got my award letter Saturday saying I was approved then showed a back pay from January to December of 2016, also went on to say they are going to pay my lawyer out of that money, as I was getting to the last page shows what I'm going to get monthly starting next month but then it says this is why we can't pay your benefits. and shows zero so kinda of confused, I will call my lawyer Monday. So I know I'm getting my monthly payments but not sure of my back pay, they found me disabled in August of 2015 . so just really confused and my SSDI is still pending online ?

Eric

In reply to by Robert M (not verified)

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 09:52 Permalink

Hi Robert,

Congratulations on getting your award letter. That is strange though that though that it says your case is pending online. I would recommend to keep getting updates with your lawyer and maybe even calling the SSA and speaking to a representative from there.

Best of Luck,
Eric

Teddy (not verified)
Mon, 04/24/2017 - 23:10 Permalink

Hi
I filed for ssd and ssi back in May of 2016,and still pending, I heard it takes long time, but this is crazy. I guess I should of have got a Attorney from the start. Can I get one now, or is it too late. Will I have to see if I get denied first before trying again?

Eric

In reply to by Teddy (not verified)

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:12 Permalink

Hi Teddy,

It is not too late to get an attorney. They can tell you the necessary steps to take next.

Best of Luck,
Eric

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