Should I wait to applyMost people believe there is a requirement that you must be off work for at least six months to one year before you can apply for or collect Social Security disability benefits. This is false. You can apply for disability as soon as you feel you are disabled and cannot work. However, your disabilities must prevent you from working at least one year (or have an illness that is likely to result in your death) to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI.)

When considering applying for Social Security disability benefits, many wonder if their disabilities are qualifying.  Social Security has a strict definition of disability.  The main three components to being considered disabled under their rules are the following: you cannot do the work you did before, you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical conditions and your disability has lasted or is expected to last one year or to result in death.

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You should apply for Social Security disability benefits as soon as possible. If you become disabled and will be unable to work or your disability is life threatening, do not hesitate to apply. The process for receiving these monthly payments and benefits can take a long time. It is important that you begin the application process early so that you can begin receiving benefits as soon as possible.

If you are considering applying for either SSD or SSI benefits, do not delay.  Contact an experienced Social Security Disability Attorney to find out how. Call the Social Security Disability attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation to discuss your claim.

Source:, “Disability Planner: How You Qualify”

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