The Social Security Administration states that in order for you to be considered “disabled” you must be unable to work due to health issues for a year or longer.

Many people make the mistake in thinking they must be out of work for a year before they are eligible to apply for benefits – this is not correct. 

Once you stop working due to health issues and you expect you will be out of work for a year or longer, it is always best to file an initial application immediately. 

The process to ensure you receive all your entitled Social Security Disability benefits begins long before you fill out your claim form. 

If you are unable to work, you need your benefits as soon as possible. 

The disability process could take years to complete, especially if your case is subject to reviews, hearings and appeals. This could result in financial hardship for you and your family. 

Apply for your Social Security Disability benefits as soon as you reasonably believe you are disabled to avoid a delay in receiving your disability benefits once you are approved. Consider also that the “lookback period” or “retroactive effect “of a SSDI claim is one year. If you wait longer than a year to apply, you may be leaving money on the table.

If you have questions about SSDI or SSI call the Hartwig Law Firm today at (508)732-8989.