Is there a deadline to apply for Social Security Disability benefits?

disability deadlinesMany people are concerned about when they should file a claim for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Individuals postpone filing for disability for a number of reasons:

  • An individual might have a condition that may or may not yet qualify for disability. The condition could become more severe over time and the applicant might be waiting since they are uncertain about qualifying. Temporary conditions do not qualify for disability; generally the condition must last or be expected to last one year or more.
  • The individual is still working, perhaps in the same or a reduced capacity. If the worker earns certain wages they could be disqualified from disability.
  • The disability application process is confusing to the individual and they do not know where to start.


It might help to understand more about qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits. The SSA will decide whether or not the applicant is eligible for benefits. If the application is denied, the applicant faces an important deadline should they choose to appeal. The SSA imposes a 60-day deadline to appeal a denied claim.

Are you waiting to apply for disability? If you are not sure whether or not you will qualify our Raleigh and Cary Social Security Disability attorneys will provide a complimentary case evaluation. Less than 50 attorneys in North Carolina are Board Certified Disability Benefits Specialists, and one of those attorneys practices at Brent Adams & Associates. Let us help you understand the benefits you might be entitled to and how to move forward with an application.