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.

Chris wrqt (not verified)
Mon, 01/22/2018 - 20:01 Permalink

After waiting over two and a half years for decision I finally got one in October 2017 and then late December just before Christmas I got my 3-year back paycheck which was over $50,000 and it threw my annual earnings through the roof and now I have to pay back your subsidy I had all year for my medical health insurance through the marketplace and possibly $15,000 worth of Medical Services HELLP!!!¡


In reply to by Chris wrqt (not verified)

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 09:26 Permalink

Hi Chris,
I'm sorry to hear about that! We're not affiliated with the SSA or the federal government and as such we would not be able to resolve this. You may want to contact the SSA regarding this.

Anonymous (not verified)
Wed, 01/24/2018 - 10:52 Permalink

It is illegal for them to hold your back if u have a need housing bills a car or car trouble stove fridge ect ect. They have to release some to u but it can be no more then 9,999.99 at a time I dealt with this in 2005 and now doing it for my husband.


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 15:49 Permalink

Hi there,
It may not be illegal for them to do so, however you may want to contact the SSA with documentation of your need for the money, for example an eviction or collections notice.

Debby C (not verified)
Wed, 01/24/2018 - 12:43 Permalink

I got final fully approved on Oct,26, 2017. I have recieved first 3 monthly payments and lawyer has been paid. I am still awaiting awards letter and back pay? Any clue on how long??


In reply to by Debby C (not verified)

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 15:55 Permalink

Hi Debby,
I really could not say, you may want to contact the SSA regarding this. Generally they would send back pay around four months after you start receiving benefits.

Chef (not verified)
Sat, 01/27/2018 - 18:47 Permalink

I was approved Jan 25 I was told I have two onset dates. One March of 2016 and another for May 2017. I was approved for both SSI and SSID. How does the back payment work. How is it caculated? Ive heard they will take 5 months back pay away

Eric7 (not verified)
Mon, 01/29/2018 - 12:53 Permalink

I had to file for SSDI 6/6/2017 resulting from a TBI which I have lived and worked w since 1995 23 years I’m hemi paralyzed my left side is painful and doesn’t function I got approved 12/2/2017 so i hope I will receive 6 months back pay I don’t know if it will come all at once or at all I haven’t received my 1st SSDI Check yet


In reply to by Eric7 (not verified)

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 12:59 Permalink

Hi Eric,
Back pay for SSDI is paid out in a lump sum about four months after you start receiving monthly benefits.

Calvin (not verified)
Mon, 01/29/2018 - 21:51 Permalink

I filed my initial disability claim on 08/2013, and I was denied on all my appeals, that lasted until 03/2016. I filed a new claim on 06/2017 and was approved at the Reconsideration stage 01/2018, but the Appeals Council stated that I could use 01/2016 as my onset date. How will my back pay be calculated?

Anonomois (not verified)
Tue, 01/30/2018 - 13:26 Permalink

Ok. I started seeing my Dr in 14. Applied for disability 7/2015. Had appeal 1/2018. Judge said he put in for my disability. Ok the lawyer said my Dr records only had actual info from 7/16. Not sure why bc I seen him for the 2 years my lawyer had me sign a paper of onset from 7/16 he said bc when I applied my onst date was from 2014 but no records so I had to put 7/16. But I applied a yr before that. How does that work with backpay. My social worker friend said it would go to 7/15. But I googled it and couldn't find an actual answer.

Mary (not verified)
Tue, 01/30/2018 - 20:29 Permalink

Hi everyone, I apply many times and have given up, cause filling out papers gets to me, I have a problem with y tail bone that I can’t sit too long and other health problems. My question is I became disabled on September 23 2017- I got a call from social security telling me I was awarded for social security disability then I was told I am going to get a letter confirming this, so I did, and it said I will be getting only 389.00 on April for surviving March, and May and June and so on. The I called them to find out if I will receive retroactive (back payment) I was told Nope cause the law. New rules. Just wondering if this is true cause the person I spoke to didn’t bother to check anything.


In reply to by Mary (not verified)

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 15:57 Permalink

Hi Mary,
I could not say, we are not affiliated with the SSA and as such we do not have information about your case to verify this.

Mary (not verified)
Tue, 01/30/2018 - 20:34 Permalink

I heard on news that they closed 500 social security offices and a lot of folks lost there job. And who ever needs to visit social security office has to travel very far to the nearest office. They are short handed too


In reply to by Mary (not verified)

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 09:21 Permalink

Hi There,

I can't say for sure if that's true or not, but since the government shutdown is now over, people should be getting their regular checks with no issue.

Candy (not verified)
Tue, 01/30/2018 - 23:59 Permalink

It’s been 90 days since my disability hearing (in Nashville Tennessee)I’ve not heard anything my lawyer felt the judge was leaning toward a partially favorable decision? What is average wait time? I’ve not had a steady job since 2014 and no income at all since middle of 2015 thanks for any info you can provide


In reply to by Candy (not verified)

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 16:00 Permalink

Hi Candy,
I could not say, you may want to contact the SSA regarding your case. Wait times can vary as every case is different.

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