Social Security has closed all of its offices to the public. But, that does not mean that they have stopped working. Their employees are still clocking in but now they are doing it from home. This means that it is important to observe all the deadlines that would otherwise apply, including getting your appeals filed within
the allotted amount of time. Generally, for disability claims, you get sixty days to file an appeal. There can be, however, significantly shorter time periods. Be sure to carefully read any correspondence from Social Security.
Missed Deadlines Have Serious Consequences
You can also apply for Social Security benefits while their offices are closed. If you are thinking of applying for Social Security disability, for example, do not wait for the offices to reopen. Waiting too long could mean missing significant cutoff dates that could cost you benefits. For example, your date last insured might expire and that could have dire consequences. In any event, Social Security can only pay benefits back one year from the date you applied. Every day you hold off applying could be one day worth of benefits lost for good.
Waiting For A Vaccine
We are all still trying to get used to life during the lockdown. It's okay to let somethings go while we await a Covid-19 vaccine. But, important time limits remain in
effect regardless of any quarantine.
If you need additional information about applying for Social Security disability, click here. If you need help with appealing a Social Security disability denial, let me know.