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 Michelle (not verified)

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:03 Permalink

Hi Michelle,

If they’re:
• Younger than age 18;
• 18-19 years old and a full-time student (no
higher than grade 12); or
• 18 or old with a disability that began beforeage 22.

Michelle (not verified)
Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:17 Permalink

my court date was 8/22 and I will be getting a check sept 29th and ssd oct 18th thats not my back pay everyone says that will be in very soon! my judge had my favorable verdit with in 6 days! fast for NY and I Thank SSA for moving so fast for me:)

Eric hawkins (not verified)
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:23 Permalink

I waited two years for my court date I received my court date on 3 28 17 I have received nothing in the mail and have received no monthly checks nothing at all nobody has said anything and I'm still here waiting as of 9 24 2017


In reply to by Eric hawkins (not verified)

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:48 Permalink

Hi Eric,

I am sorry to hear that. Unfortunately it can be a long process. Hang in there. Wishing you nothing but the best.

Baby (not verified)
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:04 Permalink

ssdi approved August 31st, received 12mos retroactive for 2012 as direct dep, how about fr 2013 to current, do I recd back pay for those yrs. anyone can answer this please...


In reply to by Baby (not verified)

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 16:41 Permalink

HI there,
You may want to contact the SSA as they can give you specific information about your particular case. You can contact them at 1-800-772-1213

William (not verified)
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 21:16 Permalink

I applied for SSI five months ago, my case went to disability determination board, who made a decision last week. I was told I would get a letter in the mail within ten days. Today I got a check in the mail...(blue envelope).....but it was only for $400.00.....I applied 5 months ago....and should have gotten a check for $730.00 X months. Please help

kelly (not verified)
Wed, 09/27/2017 - 15:04 Permalink

I just saw a judge on Sep 26/17 my hearing was very short only 13 15 min she did not ask many questions the ones she did were more or less conformation of what she already new...I wonder if this is good or bad?

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:53 Permalink

i reported my additional child within my household. they never added him to the case. i kept reporting him "for six years", finally they added him. now how long will it be for me to receive my back pay?


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:21 Permalink

Hi there,
I really could not say, every case is different and as such it can take varying amounts of time for it to be sent to you.

Cynthia (not verified)
Sat, 09/30/2017 - 16:04 Permalink

I received my award letter for SSDI on July 17, 2017. My attorney was paid on July 30, 2017 and today is September 30, 2017. i have call social security office on several occasions about my back payments and all they can tell me or my Attorney that its in Process Status. How long does it Take to receive my Back Payments? The Judge awarded me $33,040.00 minus $6000 for my Attorney. Is there anything or anyone else I can do or speak with about my Back Payments?


Er (not verified)
Sun, 10/01/2017 - 00:52 Permalink

Was approved for ssdi Aug 31st and recd lump sum on my account, now I'm waiting for my monthly and back pay. No award letter yet. Anyone can explain this please. Thanks


In reply to by Er (not verified)

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:05 Permalink

Hi There,

I am so sorry to hear, unfortunately it can be a long process. You may want to talk to a SSA representative.

Tena (not verified)
Sun, 10/01/2017 - 08:40 Permalink

I was approved by federal judge for full SSDI going back to 4/2012 and started receiving my monthly benefits in 12/16 but due to backpay amount my attorney said it would take a bit longer for backpay to be approved and received. Attorney still hasn’t been paid nor have I but SS states it was worked up 9/15/17 at the Federal Processing Center in Baltimore.Why have I nor the attorney been paid or given any information on release date? I understand backlog but having to wait this length of time is ridiculous.


In reply to by Tena (not verified)

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:23 Permalink

HI Tena,
I'm sorry to hear about that! That is a quite a long time to receive backpay for, and the amount may take longer than others due to the amount that they are releasing.

Glenn (not verified)
Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:28 Permalink

I received my partially favorable letter sept20 2017 after collecting more info on my behalf non medical I was told I would receive my award letter in two to three weeks how long after before I will see any kind of money I have already lost my house and everything in storage.

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