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.

Lyndy (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 20:18 Permalink

Thank you thank you thank you

Bobby (not verified)

In reply to by Lyndy (not verified)

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:07 Permalink

Lyndy the attorney can ask for whatever he wants up to 25% it does not mean he will get it but it will be over 6,000 and no they won't ask you if you agree with the attorney fee he will get what the ssa wants to give him/her after you have been paid then you can appeal his money after you get your letter you have 60 days to appeal what they gave him/her..

The?guy (not verified)
Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:22 Permalink

Ok so my wife has a backpay being processed and no shes not getting any monthly benefits was just denied twice and went to the office found out there was a check floating around that has been sent multiple times to an old address now that we talked to SS they asked if we wanted it direct deposit which will be faster to do have it in 4-10 days so we waited couple days now they say it's being processed?? Idk how long does that take please help??


In reply to by The?guy (not verified)

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:37 Permalink

Hi there,
I would not be able to say as this seems to be a special case, the SSA generally sends backpay checks about four months after you start receiving benefits. If the money does not show up in that 4-10 days I would contact the SSA to follow up.

Mandy's (not verified)
Thu, 04/21/2016 - 19:18 Permalink

I have aprove disability. Now my insurance want to the alj to apeal the retro payments. But the lawyer say the is posible for me to lose my benefits. I have 2 years in disability. And i dont not what to do.


In reply to by Mandy's (not verified)

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 13:17 Permalink

Hi Mandy,
I am sorry to hear that! I have never heard of that before. I would recommend taking whatever action your attorney recommends. He/she will know what's best for you.

lyndy (not verified)
Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:30 Permalink

I have many questions hopefully someone can help me every time I try to find out what's going on I get hung up on or lied to
I applied for ssdi in October of 2009 I applied for ssi in October of 2010 I was just approved in February of 2016 I was approved for both ssi and ssdi the judge set my date of onset in October of 2002 how far back will my back pay go I have already received one check for ssi back pay but every time I try to find out what's going on with my ssdi claim I get hung up on so I went to the office yesterday and they told me they didn't have any record of anything from my ssdi no record of me applying in 09 no record of federal judges decision messing with someone in that way after they have waited for 7 + yrs to get approved isn't funny they told me to bring them proof of the court documents really??? One of my biggest questions is my attorney is trying to take 25% of my back pay that's around 30 thousand dollars and he didn't do his job hence the process taking over 7 years at my alj hearing he didn't say a one single word in my defense among many other things he didn't do once my case went to federal courts I had to have another attorney come on to my case the second attorney was awesome he got me approved by the federal judge and that doesn't happen often usually it's remanded back somewhere or denied how do I stop this attorney from taking something he didn't earn I have no problem paying the second attorney but the first attorney did nothing for me I have lived in severe poverty with two kids during the whole process because of dereliction of duty by the first attorney if you have any information I would greatly appreciate your help


In reply to by lyndy (not verified)

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:39 Permalink

Hi Lyndy,
I'm sorry to hear about that! Back pay generally applies to a maximum of 12 months back from the date of your application. Regarding your lawyer's fee, that fee is paid from the SSA to your lawyer, and they negotiate that fee between themselves. Generally lawyers are only allowed to take a maximum of 6,000 dollars.

Joshua (not verified)
Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:31 Permalink

I've been receiving ssi and I just got approved for disability do I still get back pay


In reply to by Joshua (not verified)

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:47 Permalink

Hi Joshua,
I am a little confused by your question. Have you been on SSI and you just got approved for SSDI? You could be eligible for back pay if your SSDI claim took longer than 5 months to be approved. If not, you will not be eligible for any back pay.

Bobby (not verified)
Thu, 05/05/2016 - 23:07 Permalink

Ok so I have a question....a letter was sent to the ss attorney from the SSA or payment center not actually sure anyway they said 85,000 was owed in benefits and they withheld 21,000 which is 25% here is where it gets tricky we were paid 46,000 - so 20,000 is missing anybody got any ideas about what's going on in was also told today that the attorney is pissed because he didn't get the amount he wanted...


In reply to by Bobby (not verified)

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:37 Permalink

Hi Bobby,
you might have just received your first lump sum, the SSA generally sends back pay in three installments.

Bobby (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 14:03 Permalink

Bryan no ssi only ssdi as far as I know only ssi pays in installments but if ssdi does it would greatly appreciate all information regarding this!..


In reply to by Bobby (not verified)

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:49 Permalink

Hi Bobby,
I wish I could help more, but the SSA would have more information than we do about your case as we are not affiliated with the SSA.

mike (not verified)
Sat, 05/07/2016 - 07:57 Permalink

I filed for my disability in2012.ssa put my date at nov.2012.I just had my hearing in march2016.the judge declared me disabled at 50,which was in january.So now Iam only allowed far back will my back pay go


In reply to by mike (not verified)

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:08 Permalink

Hi Mike,
Your back pay may be as far back as seventeen months worth of benefits, depending on when your disability onset date was.

Martin (not verified)
Sun, 05/08/2016 - 09:27 Permalink

I was given the fully favorable decision on my disability claim. My case was given extinuating circumstances because of my terminal illness. The local social security office says the judge can move my case along to expidite his ruling but he can not fast track my lump sum back paynent. So there is a posibility I could die before the payment gets processed. Is this a true statement made by my local office.


In reply to by Martin (not verified)

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:15 Permalink

Hi Martin,
If you have an immediate need for the money, like an outstanding medical bill or for fixing your car, they may be able to expedite it.

Marc (not verified)
Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:14 Permalink

I filed on July 9, 2014. I was granted an onset date of May 17, 2012. The Notice of Decision came on January 26, 2016. I got a Notice of Award letter on February 20, 2016. They told me my past-due benefits are $35,000+. My first monthly payment was posted on March 2, 2016.

My lawyer has been paid his $6000. Both my kids have received their survivors benefits and backpay of $9,000+ as of April 25, 2016.

I keep reading on here 4 month, 4 month, 4 months. Have I not waited 4 months already? When is the backpay coming in? I keep calling and all they tell me is it's processing.


In reply to by Marc (not verified)

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:40 Permalink

Hi Marc,
Generally back pay is paid four months after you start receiving your monthly benefits, so you may get your back pay about four months from March 2, 2016.

Marc (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 19:29 Permalink

I signed up to the ssa (dot) gov website, where they tell me my next scheduled payments. Will backpay show up on this? I'm 27 days away from hitting my 4 months, and I haven't seen anything show up on there other than my monthly payments. Will it show up or is this being sent through another department? Like the treasury.


In reply to by Marc (not verified)

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 10:13 Permalink

Hi Marc,
You might be able to find out the status of your back pay by calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213.

Anonymous (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 09:43 Permalink

I call that number weekly and all they say is, "processessing" under my status. And that is all they tell me. It sounds almost scripted. One time a lady complained to me how back logged they were. Then I explained how my lawyer and children have been paid, but not me. I also signed up on ssa dot gov. I can see my monthly payments, but nothing pending on the backpay.

Marc (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 05:58 Permalink

So I called the call center once again (been doing this almost weekly), and they said the claim was through calculating whether or not I was owed SSI. Though I repeatedly told them I did not apply for SSI, and did not want SSI, they still had to take 4 months to make sure. Anyway, the lady was the first of at least 15 different people I called, and the only one that actually called the payment center to find out. She put in an urgent request to release funds...and told me it would be 7-10 days from now.
So this would put me at exactly 4 months and 2 days from my first payment I believe. (Not holding my breath, but will let everyone know when I get it)


In reply to by Marc (not verified)

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 16:31 Permalink

What an absolute drag, Marc! Hopefully they'll release that payment soon. I've heard it usually takes around four months to get.

Marc (not verified)

In reply to by Deanna

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 23:25 Permalink

Got it July 1st. But didn't get the full amount I was expecting. $35,000 - $6000 for the lawyer, equals 29,000 but I ended getting 24,000. Somewhere a magical 5,000 disappeared.


In reply to by Marc (not verified)

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 12:41 Permalink

Hi Marc,
You may want to contact your lawyer's office to confirm their amount of the payment, and also contact the SSA about this as they would be able to help you account for the missing $5,000.

Marc (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 22:56 Permalink

Ok, so I've been rounding off the number here for simplicity. My original award letter in February said I'd get $35,830.80. Minus the $6,000 for the lawyer. So I was expecting $29,830.80. I get $24, I was roughly saying I'm missing $5,000. ($5,390)
Then I got a letter on the 5th saying they had to withhold some money. They said I'd receive a check for $24,440.70 (which I got) and that they would pay the lawyer $6,000. But they also said my past due benefits are $53,724.80. I think they must have misprinted it and switched the 5 and 3. Still, if it is $35,724.80...there is a $106 in difference between the amount they said I was owed. Or $17,894 if the $53k number is accurate.
So today I check my account, and I have a deposit of $6,066.80. So now I'm totally lost! That would put my total backpay as: $30,507.50...and that doesn't leave room for the $6,000 for the lawyer...which he said he's already been paid! Only thing I can think of is $6,066.80 - $5,390 = $676.80...which may have been a reimbursement for paying into medicare the first few months, which they determined I didn't have too and it would be free.
IDK...I'll call my lawyer tomorrow and see if he has anything different.


In reply to by Marc (not verified)

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 09:47 Permalink

Hi Marc,
That definitely may be a good idea, as the SSA may make mistakes when paying out back pay.

Sara (not verified)

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 16:02 Permalink

Did your back pay amount ever show up on the website or did you get an exact date your payment would be posted.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 05/12/2016 - 17:38 Permalink

I got my reward letter for ssdi with the amount of my reward after they took the lawyer fee out today, I have already receive my last lump sum for ssi ,because I will not be getting ssi any longer ,and my ssdi,first payment start on the 3rd of next month so how some will I receive my back pay for ssdi? Thanks Chelle.


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:22 Permalink

Hi Chelle,
the SSA usually pays back pay four months after the first benefit check arrives.

Sleepy (not verified)
Thu, 05/12/2016 - 23:01 Permalink

Just received my award letter telling me when I get my 1st payment and how much my back pay is. Just wanting to know when the bk pay is coming

Bobby (not verified)
Fri, 05/13/2016 - 17:04 Permalink

Ok so the attorney got 10,000 out of 18,900 how long until we get the remainder?

Chrissy (not verified)
Sun, 05/15/2016 - 11:13 Permalink

Got my letter my first ssdi check will start in June, is there a chance my backpay could come before that?


In reply to by Chrissy (not verified)

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 15:18 Permalink

Hi Chrissy,
There's a chance! It's not spectacularly high though. Odds are that your back pay won't come for a couple of months after you start receiving benefits.

candi (not verified)
Mon, 05/16/2016 - 07:24 Permalink

I applied back in 2010 for my daugher she was denied due to it not being server but I knew my child studder really bad she also had problems with her articulation so that made matters more strussful for me cause i didnt know why she was having trouble speaking complete sentences and failling math n reading terribly as kids her age , prior her teacher and I barely could understand anything she attemted to say (back in 2010 my 1st claim which was denied she was 3ys old inside a Headstart program) in 2011 on 3/18/11 she was placed in speech due to poor/Intelligbilty in contact speech. So i applied aging ,she then started to struggle in school and was held back in kindergarten. So the 2011-2012 school year I applied once more cause her teacher identified her struggles and ask that she be evaluated I started that procces but I then had her remove from public school and place her in private school so she could get more one one attention to help her where she lacks however she had no signs of getting better with her Behavioral in school So I was told to have her evaluated for ADHD by her teachers, so on 9/16/13 she went to the doctor for the ADHD but we had to wait 6 months because her insurance policy.on 9/17/13 again this time for the learning disability she was considered Not eligible. 9/23/13 I request for a hearnig since then she has been diagnosed with ADHD and oppositional disorder I have supporting facts stating that she is disabled and she was place on medication on 3/16 this year and she also has her IEP which concludes a psychiatric in a therapist observation as well as the report from the case examiner from SSA stating that she has a speech delayed I go in front of the ALJ judge on Wednesday do u think I have a chance PLEASE HELP!!!!!


In reply to by candi (not verified)

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 15:19 Permalink

Hi Candi,
I am very sorry to hear that! Fortunately, the ALJ hearing is where you will have your best chance of getting approved. It may be a bit too late, but I often recommend that you speak with an attorney before your hearing to best prepare.

Rae (not verified)
Tue, 05/17/2016 - 13:09 Permalink

My dad was awarded disability. He passed away before receiving his back pay which is for 3 years. The money was awarded to my brothers and i. I met with the lawyer and provided my routing number. Its been over a month and still no word. The only thing the lawyer has told me is that social security awarded the lawyer fee. It seems as though they're working on it but how much longer?


In reply to by Rae (not verified)

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:39 Permalink

Hi Rae,
The SSA does take a bit of time to process back pay, it may be a good idea to check with them regarding how long it would be, you can contact them at 1-800-772-1213

Nonu (not verified)
Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:58 Permalink

I received my first back pay back in October 2015. I'm supposed to received my other amount in 6 months but yet there's nothing. Do I call or just wait?

james (not verified)
Wed, 05/25/2016 - 22:22 Permalink

I applied in 2010 after my first heart attack but got denied after two more heart attack and open heart surgery 5 by pass I applied again in 2016 how far would my back time go I am waiting on a decision also

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