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How Soon Should I Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Dec 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

How Soon Is Now?

The question of how soon you should apply for Social Security disability benefits after you are unable to work is complicated.  I was reminded of this fact during a hearing this week. I represented a woman who is clearly disabled now. The problem for her is that she was last eligible for Social Security disability benefits three years ago. 

One Year Of No Work

You have to be off of work for one continuous year to collect Social Security disability benefits. That does not mean, however, that you must wait the entire year before applying for Social Security disability benefits.  It is sufficient if your medical conditions will keep you from working for one year.

Thus, applying for Social Security disability benefits requires you to be something of a fortune teller.  You have to predict if you are

I See Trouble Ahead . . .

still going to be unable to work in a year. For this reason, many people wait to see how their health changes before applying for Social Security disability benefits.  There is wisdom in this. But, the case from this week shows the downside of waiting too long.

A Good Rule Of Thumb--Wait No More Than One Year

One Thumb To Rule Them All

One good rule for deciding when to apply for Social Security disability benefits would be to never wait more than one year to apply. If you have been off of work for at least twelve months, it is time to apply. In fact, do it before a year elapses.  This will ensure that you get benefits for all the time you are unable to work. It should, also, address any concerns about losing your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits.

Patience is a virtue, so we are told. But waiting too long can be an expensive vice.

If you have questions about what to apply for Social Security disability benefits, let me know.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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