Are you interested in applying for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits? If so, you probably have a lot of questions about disability, how it works, what it takes to qualify, etc. In this article, we go over the basics. If you have been reading up on disability benefits, you can read on and see how much you actually know. If you’re interested in learning more, we invite you to contact our firm to meet with a disability attorney!
What does it take to qualify for disability benefits? To qualify for disability benefits, you need two things: 1) you need to have worked long enough to qualify, which is usually 10 years, and 2) you need to have a medical condition that meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of a disability. Meaning, your medical condition must be serious enough that you cannot work and it must last at least one year or it’s expected to end in death.
Can I go back to work while receiving disability benefits? Yes, it is possible to return to work while receiving disability benefits. The SSA has special rules to help people get back to work without jeopardizing their initial benefits. It’s possible for people to have a nine-month trial work period to test if they’re able to work.
How long will it take to get a decision about my disability application? The timeline depends on the nature of the disability, how quickly the SSA can get medical evidence from your doctor and other medical sources, whether you’ll need a medical examination, and if your application needs to be reviewed for quality purposes. If you would like to streamline the application process, our disability lawyers can help.
Are Social Security Disability benefits retroactive at all? The SSA may pay disability benefits as far back as 12 months before the individual applied, that is if the SSA determines the person was disabled during that time and they’ve met all other requirements.
If you’re interested in filing a claim for disability, contact Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC.