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.

Trig (not verified)
Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:53 Permalink

I was approved for ssd then they said I would receive sdi until the ssd kicks in but how long do I have to wait until then.


In reply to by Trig (not verified)

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 13:38 Permalink

Hi Trig,
I would guess that you would only need to wait for 2-4 months until you start to receive your SSDI payments and you no longer need your SSI payments.

Tre (not verified)
Fri, 01/01/2016 - 18:28 Permalink

hi all i applied for disability in 2007 and was denied many times finally in october of 2009 i was approved,i don't know much about how this all works but a friend of mine said to inquire about back pay because i never received any or is it too late to ask about this.Between 2008 and 09 i was pretty much living in icu,im a type 1 diabetic with depression,anxiety and neuropathy in my hands my last visit i was put on a ventihalator.So my question i suppose is am i entitled to back pay or even ssi cause i was not working?Any comments would be appreciated thank you all and God bless


In reply to by Tre (not verified)

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 16:34 Permalink

Hi Tre,
If you were not notified about your back pay then, it's likely you are not entitled to it. It's possible you were found "partially favorable" and the judge changed the date of the beginning of your disability due to new medical evidence or something along those lines.

Amanda (not verified)
Fri, 01/01/2016 - 22:00 Permalink

My dad just started receiving social security disability benefits and I'm curious I received a letter saying he will get a certain amount but it doesn't say when and he hasn't been doing well and he really needs the money or we could lose our house


In reply to by Amanda (not verified)

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 16:36 Permalink

Hi Amanda,
I'm really sorry to hear that. There is unfortunately not a way to expedite payments unless there is a dire medical need, but hopefully you will receive his payments soon.

Shannon Murphy (not verified)
Wed, 01/20/2016 - 19:27 Permalink

I was awarded fully favorable back in Aug 2015 after 5 yrs ! I had a wonderful attorney that never gave up. I started receiving my monthly payments Dec 2015. My children have received their back pay but I have not received mine. I have called my local ss office and as of yesterday, I have finally received my award letter. When should I expect my back pay ? Thanks in advance for the help.


In reply to by Shannon Murphy (not verified)

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 14:11 Permalink

Hi Shannon,
It's really hard to tell when you might be receiving your back pay. It will typically come within 4 months of when you start receiving benefits, so I would think that your back pay will arrive no later than the end of April.

Pamela G (not verified)
Tue, 02/09/2016 - 20:27 Permalink

I just was approved for disability and the judge said I've been disabled since, 2012, so I just went in front of the judge in 2016, I was wondering when I would start receiving my disability checks and how long before I get my back pay and do you have any idea about how much I will receive inback pay?


In reply to by Pamela G (not verified)

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 16:03 Permalink

Hi Pamela,
You can typically expect to receive your first check within 3 months of you approval. Back pay can come at any time (even before your first check sometimes), but typically will arrive 4 months after you receive your first check.

CC (not verified)
Wed, 02/10/2016 - 10:21 Permalink

I was given an award letter stating the amount of monthly benefits I would receive about a month ago. The first payment is 2/24/2016. I applied for SSI, but through advice from a representative I was told that if I wrote a letter withdrawing my application I can expedite the backpay payment. It can be paid out as quickly as 10-15 business days. Do you know if that is true? If not when would someone who withdrew their SSI application never receiving any benefits expect their backpay payment to be processed? I was approved at the reconsideration level.


In reply to by CC (not verified)

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 16:04 Permalink

You can only expedite back pay for an extreme emergency. Examples of this could include a medical situation that's dire, or a situation in which you need to pay rent or you will lose your home and become homeless.

Jeanne (not verified)
Thu, 02/11/2016 - 09:58 Permalink

I was wondering when I should expect my back time to come in? I received my first check in January 2016 and my 2nd yesterday (February 10, 2016).

suzan (not verified)
Thu, 02/18/2016 - 00:45 Permalink

I receive ssdi I already receive some of my back pay how long does it take to get the rest of it I heard it 6 months after receiving the first one


In reply to by suzan (not verified)

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:41 Permalink

Hi Suzan,
That sounds about right. I typically expect back pay to come around 4 months after you receive your first check.

sharisse marley (not verified)
Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:29 Permalink

how much back pay do I get.


In reply to by sharisse marley (not verified)

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:42 Permalink

Hi Sharisse,

That will all depend on how long you waited to be approved. If you were approved in less than 5 months, you will not get any. For every month over 5 months that you were not approved, you will be paid however much your disability benefits are per month in one lump sum.

d.b. (not verified)
Tue, 02/23/2016 - 00:32 Permalink

I was told I would not get anymore backpay because they paid me too much. Does that make sense.


In reply to by d.b. (not verified)

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:43 Permalink

This could be possible if you are on SSI, but they typically split the payments apart into three sections. It is always safer to repay the SSA if they say they gave you an overpayment.

Anonymous (not verified)
Wed, 02/24/2016 - 18:52 Permalink

Hi I was receiving Social Security because my father passed away and I was egible to get it until I was 18. But they stop it when I was 16. I'm due for back pay so how long does it take for me to receive it? I filed the claimed today and was awarded it.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 02/25/2016 - 15:41 Permalink

i was approved onDec.14 when will i recieve my pay I was approved December 14th when will I receive my pay

renita (not verified)
Fri, 02/26/2016 - 12:47 Permalink

My daughter lost three of her toes in a really bad accident...that was April 2002 .I just filed for disability on my daughter and it's 2016 ...but I was never told to will she get back pay from 2002 to 2016 ?


In reply to by renita (not verified)

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:45 Permalink

Hi there,
Losing your toes does not qualify you for disability benefits. I doubt your daughter will qualify for any back pay at all.

Anonymous (not verified)
Sun, 03/06/2016 - 05:48 Permalink

I need to get my car fixed I need 1,600 to get car fixed asap or will have to buy another car need to get car fixed social security still owe a me 4,000 can I get 1,600 to get car fixed in march 2016


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:46 Permalink

Hi there,
You can file a claim for expedited back pay, but it will be challenging. You will need to state exactly why you need the income (visiting doctors, etc) and exactly how much the car payment costs, which it seems like you have.

Anonymous (not verified)
Wed, 03/09/2016 - 00:50 Permalink

I've been waiting on SSI for four years. What is my back pay?


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:46 Permalink

Hi there,
Four years is a very long time to wait for back pay. It's possible that you were not approved for disability benefits at all.

Maria (not verified)
Thu, 03/10/2016 - 08:04 Permalink

I started receiving my SSD payment on October 2015 ..... I have still not received my back pay it is going on 6 months how much more do I have wait everything is piling up!!!


In reply to by Maria (not verified)

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:47 Permalink

Hi Maria,
I would recommend contacting the SSA! Your back pay should definitely be arriving soon, so hopefully you'll be able to pay off your bills shortly.

July Copeland (not verified)
Tue, 03/15/2016 - 09:11 Permalink

Ihave recieve all my letters recieve first check March 1st. Im still waiting on my backpay i talk to them and they say they were goung to fed ex my backpay it will be here with 7 to ten days so wgen i should get it its been 8 days so far and also by me having the express card will it come on there or will it get mailed

miguel (not verified)
Tue, 03/15/2016 - 15:47 Permalink

Good Afternoon, I been on disability from 09. I recently had a SSDI review couple of months ago. I was informed my mail that I was not disabled anymore and would be losing my benefits after the next two months. I did the appeal within the ten days period, so I can keep receiving my benefits until the appeal went threw its course. Next I went to the SSA office with the doctors update of my current medical condition and status. I did all this before the ten days, which running back and forth getting all the necessary documents while using a quad cane. I got everything taking care of. I receive a next letter within a month in the mail, saying that am still disable and everything will stay the same and there's nothing else needed to be done. Three months later, I check my SSA login and saw no deposit date. I got scared and the called SSA. I was told my case was suspend because I did not sign the waiver. I explain to the SSA representative this is not true and gave them confirming dates of when I did everything and as well as turning them in. The representative put me on a brief hold and then came back. The representative explain to me that I was correct and all the days I mention to her was correct and is confirmed in there system. The representative told me that everything is ok and a priority mail was sent to the payment center and all I need is to go back on current pay, which will take about 15 business days . I keep checking my log in because there's no update yet. I am very scared because am already disable, housebound, and received 2 transplants in the past. I have my own household and bills that is being affected my this matter. Especially, with this not being my fault because I provide everything, they asked for in a STAT approach. [ My question, is about how long does this process take and is there anything I can do because this has mess me up my livelihood drastically ?] Especially when I had to cancel my upcoming total hip replacement surgery, that I'm in dire of need for or I will end up confined to a wheelchair by the age 40. I'm only 35 and I believe I still have a long life ahead, with God prayer's and blessing . Bless Up !!!


In reply to by miguel (not verified)

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:49 Permalink

Hi there,
I am very sorry to hear that! I am honestly not familiar with how long this process takes. I hope someone here has experience with how long the appeal process takes. With any luck you should hopefully get your benefits shortly.

Josh (not verified)
Wed, 03/16/2016 - 20:41 Permalink

I received my back pay for only 12 months, as I applied for ssdi two years ago. I had the impression that I would receive two years of back pay. Also is the back pay that I received, the same amount for monthly benefits.


In reply to by Josh (not verified)

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 13:43 Permalink

Hi Josh,
This could be due to a matter of reasons. First off, the first five months of waiting to be approved are not entitled to back pay, so that leaves you with seven months. Additionally, the ALJ likely did not determine that you were disabled at the time you applied. This happens if you have a progressive illness like cancer or Parkinson's syndrome.

smith (not verified)
Thu, 03/17/2016 - 15:49 Permalink

i received my backpay check, only it was issued to the wrong payee so i returned it and they said it will take 10 days, 10 days no check,,then they said 15 days,30 days 90 days 6 months...then they said it wasnt a priorty......they made a mistake ,why so long to reissue a check,,? how long should it take...i have my lawyer writing letters....and am in process of hearing from congressman to see if he will help


In reply to by smith (not verified)

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 13:42 Permalink

Hi Smith,
I am so sorry to hear that! I am afraid that there is not a lot we can do, as we are not affiliated with the SSA. Hopefully you can get the income you deserve quickly.

Lisa (not verified)
Fri, 03/18/2016 - 10:31 Permalink

Went to court judge said approved as of January 2014 for ssi and ssd then received letter saying I was approved for ssd as of July 2014 by ssa . The ruling was Dec 2015. Received 2199.00 and my first payment March 1rst and march 3rd. Now wondering where my back pay is for ssd. Got a letter from attorney saying should be getting letter something about a off set what the heck is that. Just can't figure out why anyone can't hear directly from the payment center instead of calling the office ( they get the infirmation later so basically they know nithing. One offsets the other is what they told me. Can they rake my student loan from my ssd back pay?


In reply to by Lisa (not verified)

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 13:41 Permalink

Hi Lisa,
I'm not sure why it would be offset? And once your are approved for disability benefits, all student loans are forgiven. It may just be taking your payment center an exceptionally long time to process the check.

Lydiaho (not verified)
Mon, 03/21/2016 - 11:27 Permalink

How long I have to apply for my back money

gonzales (not verified)
Mon, 03/21/2016 - 15:25 Permalink

my husband applied for ssa in june,2015 and got an award letter letting him know he was eligible starting in December but would get his first check in January and he did but my question is: Is he intitled to back pay.

Rose (not verified)
Mon, 03/21/2016 - 19:02 Permalink

I applied for disability for my child in 2012 and was denied. I recently reapplied last month. I was told that they saw where he was denied in the system. If I am approved would he be eligible for back pay?


In reply to by Rose (not verified)

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 13:36 Permalink

Hi Rose,
No you would not. This is because SSI back pay is only based on the time of the most application, not the time at which a disability started.

Anonymous (not verified)
Mon, 03/21/2016 - 23:48 Permalink

I filled in january i was in prison for 2 years im out now before i went to jail i was allready on ssd so i refiled. In the year januray 1916 off this year so im asking how long do i wait for my ssd to come and my back pay


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 13:35 Permalink

Hi there,
If you are approved and you applied in January, I would expect you to hear back from the SSA in May, and then start receiving benefits shortly thereafter. As for back pay, I am not sure.

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