There is no timeframe in which you must be disabled before you can apply for disability benefits. Our North Carolina Social Security Disability attorneys often meet with people who have the misconception they need to postpone their application for a set amount of time. Waiting to start the application process could significantly lengthen the time before benefits payments begin because our state, and the country, struggle with disability processing delays.
You can apply as soon as you stop working because of your mental or physical medical condition. However, in order to qualify, your condition must have already lasted or have an expectancy to last at least 12 months, or your condition must be expected to result in death.
This means that for that time period you must also be unable to work. All of this is determined by a physician, which is why it’s vital you keep copies of all your medical records. These will be used as evidence to support your claim of disability.
Working until you apply may actually harm your claim. However, you may establish that although you were working you were struggling to do so and unsuccessful in your attempt. For instance, this may be the case if your employer had to reduce your work hours or you were absent frequently because of the disability.
Obtaining disability benefits can sometimes be complicated because of the many disability requirements that must be met. The process might be much easier to navigate by consulting with a Social Security disability attorney. For help with your claim, contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation – 800-849-5931 or 910-892-8177.