SSI/SSDI backpay questions
I was awarded fully favorable about a month ago. I received my award letter telling me I'd get 30K in Disability back pay (after deducting lawyer fee of course) and my first monthly check will be deposited into my account on the 26th of this month.
I have also an SSI application in process too, of which I am eligible for about 140.00 extra per month, since my SSD is lower than the maximum SSI payout. So I will get both. My question is, I have not received, obviously, a red cent as of yet from SSI, nor did I ever get State Disability, Work Comp or any General Relief during the years for which I have been disabled. So why, then, is SSI telling me my 30K backpay check for disability portion is being held to pay back money SSI may have given me?
I spoke to my SSD representative today, and she said I would not get my SSD backpay until SSI was reimbursed for anything they may have given me to date. I told her I have not received a dime, and the paperwork on SSI's side is still in process. I'm actually going to get my 589.00 monthly disability check first before any SSI (SSI had misplaced my paperwork but it was found apparently...which is why SSD is kicking in first due to the delay).
I mean, she said the Backpay check was ready, but was placed on hold, and to be on hold till SSI took about 10K from it?! I asked why, and she said to pay back SSI, and I told her Ma'm I have never received a dime from them, and when I called my SSI rep who is handling the case, he said the paperwork is not even completed yet. She pushed me through to him and I left a message asking him to call me back to explain exactly how SSI had the right to take 10K from my SSD backpay, when no one has paid me anything lol.
Can anyone make sense of this? I know that in most cases SSI pays out first, even months before SSD, and that yes, when SSD finally kicks in SSI is entitled to get the difference back out of your SSD backpay check. But that isn't the case for me. I have retro backpay going back to Nov of 05. This just doesn't make sense, and I can't get any clear answers.