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Lynnwood
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   Posted 5/13/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone here received SSD backpay benefits? When my SSD was approved I was informed that I would received backpay and given a dollar amount.

That was over 7 months ago now. My SSD attorney does not return calls, and SSD gives me a different story every time I call them.

If you've been notified of backpay benefits, when did you receive them relative to the award letter? Before, within 6 weeks, 3 months, what kind of time period? Or are you like me, still waiting?

I finally reached the last straw today and sent an inquiry to a MUCH better SSD attorney that helped me with an appeal to my private disability insurance.

Thanks

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redrose77
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   Posted 5/13/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I got the letter in less than 3 weeks, the money in less than a month- well part of it anyway BUT I was in an emergancy situation so my case was handled differently. I have no idea how they will handle your case but 7 months is a bit long to hold your back pay. I think you need a written inquiry about it to document that you have asked.
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 5/13/2009 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
PS. If you could also indicate what state you are in that would be helpful. Timelines appear to be different depending on state - I'm in Georgia.

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redrose77
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   Posted 5/13/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I am in Michigan, sorry I forgot to include that little tid bit.
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 5/13/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Ohio . . . but it was 32 years ago . . . when my first husband died.

I received SS benefits for myself and my two children (only had two back then). I received the "award" letter and I think the first check was received w/i a month or so. The back pay took longer. I think it might have been 3 months.

ARGHHHHHH . . . I'm so sorry you are STILL waiting!!! ARGGGGGG!

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joinery
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   Posted 5/13/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
PA. SSD--- It took me about 1 month they paid 2,500 to the lawyer or what ever he charges you then you should get your money soon after that!!!
Debbie
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SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 5/14/2009 2:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Oregon--SSI--a couple of months after I was approved. back pay is the money you get from when you first started recieving it. Catch 22-- you must spend that money before you recieve monthly payments. Lucky you, those lawyers will take a good chunk.
 
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 5/14/2009 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I wonder if that is a special Oregon law -- I've been receiving monthly for several months so they certainly aren't waiting for me to spend backpay I haven't received!

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joinery
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   Posted 5/14/2009 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Smurf, I don't understand spend money before your monthly...I put mine right in the bank with no problems, and still got monthly payments. The only people who got money was my lawyer and I did have to pay back long term disiability, and still made out with, quite abit of money to put in my account. I don't want to say how much what long term paid me before I got ssd., but when I won my case with ssd. I'm sill getting the same amount.
Debbie
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PattyLatty
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   Posted 5/14/2009 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Lynnwood,

I don't know anything about ssd, but I do hope you get your backpay soon. I know how hard things have been for you.

Thinking of you,

Pat
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Bsime
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   Posted 5/14/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Lynn,
 
You are entitled to retroactive pay which starts after 5 full months of disability.  You qualify for payments on the 6th month of your disability.  If you are approved you will get retroactive pay back to the date of disability + 5 months.  My date was July 3 which made me eligible on Jan 1 of the following year.
 
If you are approved YOU will get a notice directly from SS advising you of the approval and the amount.  They will also deduct the appropriate amount and pay your attorney.  I believe that SS must send you a check or transfer to your account within 60 days.  Sometimes payment is held up if you have given them the wrong account or routing information.  That happened to me but once I called SS it was resolved and I got the money within a short time.  But since you are getting monthly payments there is another problem.
You can contact SS directly by phone.  It is a pain but once you get someone they are very helpful.  That should have been included in the first payment. 
 
You should NOT have to hire another attorney. You should also complain to SS about your experience with your attorney.  There might be recourse if there is negligence.  I would also complain to the local bar association and make his life miserable for ignoring you.
 
Bill
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 5/14/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I neglected to mention that I have already done everything Bill is suggesting but didn't mention it as it has nothing to do with the survey I am conducting.

When did *you* get your backpay relative to the letter informing you of the amount, and what state are you in?

My letter was here telling me the amount in Oct, 7+ months letter and no money yet - In Georgia.

Thanks

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joinery
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   Posted 5/14/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Lynn, My case I got the letter, one month later I recieve the back pay. Threre's something wrong there you should have recieve the money within a month or two no longer. What a hassel, you should not have to go threw all that!!! Hope you hear from someone soon.
Take Care Debbie
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Bsime
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   Posted 5/14/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Got my back pay within 60 days even with a screw up with the routing information.
 
I live in IL but once you have been approved I think the state's involvment ends.  Have you gone into your local social security office and asked for help in person?  We have always found them very helpful although it can be tough to get an appointment. 
 
GA has a huge backlog for those who are waiting to see an ALJ....3 years I hear but that should not affect you since you were approved.
 
Bill
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Remain optimistic and you can overcome the odds.


Lynnwood
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   Posted 5/14/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Yup, I believe I was the one that reported the 3 yrs! They awarded me backpay for 5 yrs, sure wish I could get it!

thanks all

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Melissa D.
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   Posted 5/15/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Received my letter in March, received my payment in April. I am so sorry that you are having so much trouble. You definitely have a case against them, I wish you could do something to turn this into an emergency case somehow.
 
Best of luck.
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 5/16/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like 1-2 months is the average -- found out yesterday that my attorney was paid back in OCTOBER. No wonder he quit carrying about my calls.

Also got Medicare letter saying they canceled my Part B coverage -- and they had my address wrong when it formerly was correct.

I certainly feel like that cartoon character that had the black sooty cloud over his head!

Oh, well - just cleaned the bathroom & the litter box, so something has succeeded today! Hang in there, everyone.

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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 5/18/2009 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Urghhhhh!!! Good word picture Lynnwood!

Did they straighten things out? Did they tell you when to expect your check?

LOL . . . I purge anxiety, anger, irritation, impatience by cleaning too!! I bet that is one clean bathroom!

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Lynnwood
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   Posted 5/18/2009 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
AlwaysRosie said...
Did they straighten things out?


skull LOL hahahaha teehee <hysterical laughter> yeah, right, the check is in the mail skull .... most I got was

"Your inquiry was forwarded to the processing center, please allow 30 days for their review before a follow up is submitted.

I wrote to our local newspaper "expose" person (who is out of town the rest of the month)!....intend to write a few more places.

Much fun to be had by all! rolleyes skull devil

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   Posted 5/18/2009 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Lynnwood,

Contact the Bar Association and file a complaint against the lawyer who dropped the ball. He'll have to respond to it and may follow through and help you if there's a complaint on file. My hubby's a lawyer and he'd rather be audited by the IRS than have a bar complaint. It's a big no-no for attorneys. Go for it!

Pat
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   Posted 5/18/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Lynnwood, be careful cleaning the cat box!!!!! Cat feces can contain toxoplasmosis which is very dangerous to people with compromised immune systems. It can cause brain damage. Use gloves and a mask, as the mico-organisms can become airbourne. Just wanted to give you a heads up. I hope things get moving along for you SSD, keep making calls, be as nice as you can, try to talk to the same person everytme and try to make them care about your situation. It's amazing how helpful people can be when they see you as a person and not a number. Take care.

Jennifer

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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 5/20/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
*smacks self in head with palm of hand*

NO way! (sorry, but you did make me laugh) I know it isn't funny . . . but it really IS ridiculous. I agree . . . now its time for the local news channels/newspapers to get involved. "sick'em boys!!"

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Lynnwood
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   Posted 7/6/2009 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Good news at last!!!

Backpay awarded in SS ltr dated Oct 11, 2008. Today I happened to look at my bank account online and they gave me a 4th of July present! The backpay (minus attny fees) is all there!! Still marked "pending", but there! Five years of living expenses that I had to borrow for can finally be paid off! Hip hip Hurray! Hurrah! Etc!

Can you believe it took NINE MONTHS! So far no letter of explanation or anything, if I ever hear from them about it I'll let you all know!
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   Posted 7/6/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
That is so awesome!  I'm really happy for you Lynnwood.  What a blessing!!!  Judy

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   Posted 7/6/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations Lynnwood! I am sure most of it is already earmarked but please spend a little on something special just for you!
Take care,
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