There is no particular amount of time that you have to be not working in order to apply for Social Security Disability but the test of disability for Social Security is whether or not your condition is so severe that you will be unable to work for 12 continuous months. What that means is that you don’t have to wait to be off work for 12 months but you do have to have a serious condition. We regularly help people apply for Social Security disability benefits prior to they’re being off work for one year. So I don’t really suggest that people wait a long time to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Once it becomes clear in consultation with your doctor that you’re going to be off work for a very extended period of time, that would be a good time to apply.
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Social Security Disability Blog Posts:
Can I apply for SSD from my spouse’s earnings record?
One of the major reasons that disabled individuals don't get approved for Social Security Disability benefits is because of their work history. SSD is financed by employer and wage contributions, so
Can I Collect SSD and Retirement Benefits at the Same Time?
When you become disabled and unable to work, you may have a lot of questions as to what benefits are available to you. Fortunately, you have some options. The Social Security Administration (SSA)
What if my disability is not listed in the SSA Blue Book of Impairments?
The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Blue Book lists the medical impairments that qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The SSA
Pittsburgh OHO: What You Need to Know
The Office of Hearings Operations also referred to as OHO, is the Social Security office that is responsible for the management of Social Security Disability hearings. When a
Social Security Disability FAQ:
If I Get Approved For Disability, How Far Back Will Social Security Pay Me?
If you get approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you might be eligible for back pay or retroactive benefits. Back pay might also be available if you qualify for
How does the SSA define disability?
Social Security defines disability for SSD and SSI in the same way. A person has to be so physically or mentally impaired that they cannot be expected to work for at least 12
How Does the Pay Scale for a Social Security Disability Lawyer Work?
How Much Does It Cost for a Lawyer to Represent Me During a Disability Appeal? In general, you can expect to pay your disability attorney 25 percent of your back pay. In most cases, the SSA will send
How Do I Check the Status on a Disability Claim or Case?
You can check the status on a disability claim or case in several ways, including online, over the phone, or at your local field office. Most people want to check the status of their case because of