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)
Sun, 11/01/2015 - 21:15 Permalink

I have been waiting five months for my back money, but the lawyer and ssi have been paid.


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 09:25 Permalink

Hi there,
So sorry to hear that. This is unfortunately all too uncommon. Back pay can sometimes take over a year to arrive. Hopefully yours comes much earlier than that!

Dj (not verified)

In reply to by Deanna

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 10:24 Permalink

Same here 5 months no back pay I did receive ssi back pay5 months ago but I still have sad to com


In reply to by Dj (not verified)

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 10:43 Permalink

Hi there,
It may be a good idea to contact the SSA and confirm that you are still eligible for benefits, you can do so at 1-800-772-1213

Jen (not verified)
Mon, 11/02/2015 - 19:24 Permalink

I received my ssd award letter today anyone know how soon you get back pay? or monthly benifits? does it ever come before the actual date that they state? anything would be helpful thanks!


In reply to by Jen (not verified)

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 09:38 Permalink

Hi Jen,
I hate to break it to you, but it's very unlikely that your back pay will come before the date the SSA states it will. It'll usually come within four months of the date you receive your first direct deposit.

Diane (not verified)

In reply to by Jen (not verified)

Sat, 11/07/2015 - 22:17 Permalink

I filed back in july, got my money deposited into my account on friday. Haven't received my award letter yet....

Tom Romano (not verified)
Tue, 11/03/2015 - 08:12 Permalink

I have been very surprised to see that most people on SSDI do not know that their benefits are being cut by 19% at the end of 2016.


In reply to by Tom Romano (not verified)

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 09:39 Permalink

Hi Tom,
This hasn't been confirmed yet. There is still ample opportunity for congress to modify the current situation and prevent this.

Civildk (not verified)

In reply to by Deanna

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 13:59 Permalink

Any Update on this SSDI 2016 19% benefit reduction? I've heard nothing about this...


In reply to by Michell (not verified)

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 09:41 Permalink

Hi Michell,
We agree, it is!

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 15:59 Permalink

Hi Eva. I hope SS has finally caught up with your husband's back pay. I had my hearing with the ALJ on March 18. Received my Fully-Favorable decision on April 27 and just received my award letter last week stating amounts (per month) of back pay dating back to Jan 2013. Here we are late in May and my bills are piling up, so I was just curious how long it took from award letter to deposit of back pay. Thank you in advance for your reply, and best of luck to you and yours.

Laura (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 15:59 Permalink

I'm in calif and was approved's July.2015...still not recd backpay..went into office last week said processing center was waiting for email from them regarding not qualifying for ssi and said they would send email to confirm email...still no backpay

Sam (not verified)

In reply to by Laura (not verified)

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 12:30 Permalink

Once it's at the processing center it will search all agencies if you owe money to your lawyer,child support workers comp and ect. Then after this is completed they will send it to the payment center and will take up to 30 days for your back pay,lump sum to be issued.

Me (not verified)

In reply to by Sam (not verified)

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 16:40 Permalink

My social security disability was all passed I am waiting for my lump sum to be direct deposit does anybody know how long that takes

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