Q How long do I have to be legally disabled before I can receive Social Security disability?
As soon as you sustain an injury or find out about an illness, you can begin the Social Security disability claims process. Despite a common belief that you must be unable to work for six months to a year before becoming eligible for benefits, you don't have to wait a certain period of time after you are disabled before you can apply for Social Security Disability benefits.
To be eligible for SSD benefits, you must prove that your condition will render you unable to work for at least one year. To do this, you must provide complete medical documentation and explain the nature of your job. It often helps to have a Social Security Disability lawyer prepare and submit paperwork on your behalf to help ensure every important detail and deadline are satisified.
If it is clear that your condition will prevent you from working, your claim may be approved right away. If, however, your chances of recovery are unclear, you may be required to wait for a certain period of time to see if your conditions improve.
While you can apply for SSD at any time, you will be subject to a five-month waiting period before you can receive your benefits after your claim is approved. In many cases, this waiting period is necessary so the Social Security Administration can determine your retroactive payments. This is another reason why applying right away can help reduce what will likely be a lengthy application process.
If you are unable to work because of a medical condition, one of our North Carolina Social Security disability lawyers can help you file a claim. One of the attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates is board-certified in Social Security Disability Benefits. This is an accreditation less than 50 attorneys in North Carolina have been given. Please call 910-892-8177 or 800-849-5931, or you can request a consult here.