Is Social Security Disability Retroactive?

“I became disabled months ago, is Social Security Disability retroactive?” We hear this question a LOT. Fortunately, we have good news; a disabled individual may qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits for up to 12 months before applying, providing the Social Security Administration (SSA) finds that the applicant fit the SSA’s definition of “disabled” during that time period, and the applicant meets all requirements to receive SSD benefits. If you are disabled and unable to engage in “light” or “modified” work, and your disability is expected to last at least 12 months, or result in death, you may be eligible for disability benefits. If you are interested in applying, you can contact our legal team for help. Advantages of having our firm help you apply for disability:

  • We can make the process easy for you.
  • We can fully explain the application process.
  • We can streamline everything so you don’t have to worry.
  • We can make the process convenient.
  • We can help you avoid confusion and unnecessary work on your part.

The Social Security Disability program is available to individuals who are “insured,” which means they worked long enough and paid into the program by paying enough Social Security taxes. When people apply for disability benefits, the SSA collects their medical information and decides whether or not the applicant meets the SSA’s definition of a disability. You may be considered disabled if: 1) you cannot do the type of work you did before, 2) the SSA decides that you’re not able to adjust to easier work because of your condition, and 3) your disability has lasted or is expected to last at least one year or result in death.

Are you interested in applying for disability benefits? For professional legal assistance with your claim, contact our Dallas Social Security Disability firm!

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