Disability Back Pay

Disability Back Pay

Category: Disability Law


If your Social Security Disability (SSD) claim has been pending for a long time, you’ve probably started wondering about the possibility of receiving disability back pay. This is entirely understandable. After all, what’s more frustrating than waiting ages for a decision on your application, only to learn that it was denied because some critical piece of information was missing? The good news is that the SSA will usually initiate an investigation into whether or not there’s any way to fix their mistake and reopen your case—and if they do reopen it, you may be eligible for some additional payments! So how does this work exactly?

Disability back pay is the money that you should have been paid while your disability claim was pending.

The term “disability back pay” is used to describe the money you should have been paid while your disability claim was pending. It’s not a lump sum, but rather a series of payments for services and benefits that were provided to you during this time period.

Disability back pay is different from retroactive payments and future payments because it’s only related to some specific time period. You may receive retroactive payment for any period during which your benefits were denied or terminated by the Social Security Administration (SSA), but disability back pay refers specifically to those times when your application was pending or was still being processed by SSA officials.

One example is where there were delays in processing due to incorrect information on the part of either yourself or SSA staff members. If enough evidence shows up later proving that this delay could have been avoided if proper procedures had been followed at first, then some amount of disability back pay might be awarded based on what would have been lost during this delay period (up until now).

There are limits on how far back you can get disability back pay.

Unfortunately, there are limits on how far back you can get disability back pay. These limitations are based on when your disability onset date is—the date that your injury first prevented you from working.

In order to be eligible for this benefit, your claim must have been pending for at least six months prior to the date that you became disabled. For example: Jane’s claim was filed July 23rd of this year (2018), but she did not meet our requirements for being considered as having experienced a qualifying disability until December 31st of 2018 (more than 6 months after her original filing). Therefore we can only award her benefits back through October 25th (the last day before she met our qualifications). If she had been granted an award now, it would only cover those 2 weeks up until her initial onset date in December 2018.

If you have already received a decision from us and believe that it may still be possible for us to grant some form of retroactive payment even though no award has yet been issued due to some unforeseen circumstances or error committed by us during processing then please contact us immediately so we can review what happened and make sure everything has been handled properly both now as well as in the past!

You can only get disability back pay after your disability onset date.

In order to get disability back pay, there are several criteria that you must meet. First, your disability must have been diagnosed by a licensed doctor and it must be expected to last at least six months (or five weeks, three weeks or two weeks). If these conditions are met, the Social Security Administration will consider your individual case and determine whether or not you’re eligible for disability benefits.

You may be eligible for disability back pay even if the SSA is still processing your application.

You may be eligible for disability back pay even if the SSA is still processing your application.

Once you become disabled, you can apply for disability benefits immediately and receive back pay without waiting for a decision on your claim. In fact, there’s no need to wait at all. You could potentially start receiving benefits right away.

You can receive more than one year of disability backpay.

You may be able to receive more than one year of disability backpay. If you were waiting for your disability claim when the new regulations started, then you can get back pay for as many years as you have been waiting for your claim. For example, if you applied in 2019 but had been waiting since 2017 to receive a decision on your application, then you would be eligible for three years of backpay. So that would mean 2019 (the year it took the Social Security Administration to decide), 2020 (the next year they decided), 2021 (the third year they decided), 2022 (your first full year on benefits) and 2023 (your second full year on benefits).

If you’ve waited a long time for your decision, you may receive a large amount of back pay.

If you have waited a long time for a decision on your disability claim, you may be owed a large amount of back pay. If this is the case, it’s important to know what to do next.

  • First, figure out how much money you are owed. You can use our calculator to find out how much money is available and how much back pay could be yours.
  • Second and most important: don’t forget about your monthly Medicare premiums while waiting for your decision! When we process an award, we automatically stop paying these premiums on behalf of our clients until they provide us with proof that they are enrolled in Medicare Part B (regular health insurance). This means that if you don’t receive proper notification from the Social Security Administration (SSA) before we stop paying your premiums, there could be hundreds or thousands of dollars in unpaid medical bills waiting for their final payment when we start sending checks again! Remember that all patients are responsible for paying their own medical bills if they aren’t covered by private or employer-sponsored health care plans like medical insurance or COBRA; however it’s especially important for those who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits because these payments generally come out of pocket rather than being paid through insurance policies like regular jobs offer when working full time positions..


The amount of back pay you may receive can be substantial. If you have been waiting for a long time, it’s possible that the SSA has made an error. You should speak to an attorney about your case.

Share This:

Recent Posts