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.

Barry (not verified)
Mon, 11/13/2017 - 21:46 Permalink

I have had SSI for 11 years now and filed for SSDI disability concurrently. If I get approved for SSDI does that mean 11 years of back pay?


In reply to by Barry (not verified)

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:42 Permalink

Hi Barry,
You may be able to do so, however they may deduct the amount for your SSI funds as they would be paying you the same amount twice if they did not.

Blake (not verified)
Tue, 11/14/2017 - 01:52 Permalink

In 2010 l was doing chemo and was given ssi payments for 6 months . Soon after due to surgery l became permanently disabled due to major nerve damage in entire right leg, foot and abs. I was denied for payment then 2010. Have been on medicaid for whole time now 2017 and they want me to apply again and now also Diagnosed With PTSD also. Will they go back to my claim from 2010 and go from there or will they make me start over a claim new And 2017? I'm still disabled from the nerve damage that is the main problem even though they're telling me the PTSD will make it where I get disability quicker... but I don't want to start over a new claim I'm trying to go off the old one will they Allow that if I'm still claiming disability due to the major nerve damage caused by the surgery from cancer? Or will they make me start over a new claim Since now PTSD is involved? so I guess my real question being is should I fill out the new paperwork or is there a way to use my claim from 2010 so I'm able to get the back pay for the years that I have missed not being able to work due to the nerve damage? also if this is possible will they pay back pay all the way back from when I first got denied in 2010 or will they just start a new claim? Or I am just out of everything truly owed since I've been disabled the entire time from the same situation? ( Will they back pay that far back if it's still same claim? And should l add the ptsd to it or...?)


In reply to by Blake (not verified)

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:47 Permalink

Hi Blake,
You may need to make a new claim, but the SSA may pay back pay from the time you were eligible for benefits.

Kh (not verified)
Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:52 Permalink

I have been waiting 154 days now for the judge to make a decision. This is crap I filed for ssd/Ssi..... This system is messed up.... I live in ky I know this back log excuse is making more angry. Its been five years that they will have to pay four.


In reply to by Kh (not verified)

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:09 Permalink

Hi there,
I'm sorry to hear about that! You may want to contact your local SSA office regarding this. Hang in there!

Shawna (not verified)
Sun, 11/19/2017 - 12:02 Permalink

I applied for SSDI in Jan 2013 with a disability starting date of July 2012. If I am approved for my SSDI will I recieve back pay for almost 5 years?


In reply to by Shawna (not verified)

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 13:21 Permalink

Hi Shawna,
You may be eligible to receive back pay from the time of your established onset date.

Thelma murdock (not verified)
Sat, 11/25/2017 - 16:11 Permalink

I have kidney failure ,,I applied for ssdi back in December 2,2015,, but I find out in 2017 that ssdi didn't add my 2015/16 taxes ,,so I'm getting less monthly payment,do they owe me back money for that time?


In reply to by Thelma murdock (not verified)

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:12 Permalink

Hi Thelma,
They may owe you back payment for that time if you are able to establish that your taxes were not calculated correctly by the SSA and you were eligible in the time that they calculated your taxes.

Paula (not verified)
Sat, 11/25/2017 - 20:09 Permalink

I have been receiving my disability since 2013. They recently discovered an error - where my minor children were not receiving benefits for my disability. They gave verbally gave me a monthly amount that we would now receive, and said that previous money was due. I was not given a claim/confirmation number. How long should it take before I start just receiving the monthly portion? I seem to have figured out that the backpay would be at least 4 months AFTER that.....thank you in advance.


In reply to by Paula (not verified)

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 13:16 Permalink

Hi Paula,
We really could not say, however you may receive confirmation of the award from the SSA, but you may want to follow up regarding this with them by calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213.

Thelma murdock (not verified)
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:49 Permalink

Ssdi didn't add my two year tax's on before they made a decision on my monthly payment now they said that I have credits,,what do that means credits?? And how long?

Maria (not verified)
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:24 Permalink

I have gotten a letter stating i would receive my back pay around November 25th. Can anyone tell me how long it will actually take to see it?


In reply to by Maria (not verified)

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 17:03 Permalink

Hi Maria,
We can't really say as processing times can vary by financial institution, but you may want to contact the SSA at 1-800-772-1213.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/30/2017 - 08:14 Permalink

There should be back pay 6months wait time with no back pay. The rent is due. This is why people are homeless. 6 months. No back pay. Rent is not getting payed

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/30/2017 - 08:22 Permalink

I think when you get approved. For SSDI. Should not be 6 months wait. With no back pay. How do you pay rent??? Not sure how to make it for 6 months. Pay rent pay bills. Worked all my life.. What to do.


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:49 Permalink

You're right. It is a longer process than it should be. However, in certain circumstances, one can be approved for expedited payments from the SSA.

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