How Long Do I Have To Wait After Becoming Disabled Before I Apply For Social Security Disability?

Jul 26, 2011 Comments Off on How Long Do I Have To Wait After Becoming Disabled Before I Apply For Social Security Disability? by

Question: How long do I have to wait after becoming disabled before I apply for Social Security disability?

Answer: You don’t even have to wait a day. You can file your claim the same day you become disabled.

Waiting to file for Social Security disability can be a serious mistake. People often wait until they’re destitute and nearly homeless before filing a claim for Social Security disability benefits. Don’t make that mistake! You don’t have to wait any time before filing a claim. It often takes literally years to get on Social Security disability. The earlier you start, the earlier you get on benefits.

Social Security sometimes decides that you weren’t disabled at the time you filed your claim but were at a later date. This can be appealed if you want but any appeal puts at risk what has already been approved. My point is that it’s no big deal if it turns out that you file your claim too early. Maybe, you get feeling better and return to work. You can drop the case if you have to. What’s the worst they can do? Turn you down. What’s the worst thing that can happen if you delay in filing a claim? You could end up homeless and in the streets with no medical care. Which risk would you choose?

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.