How Long Must You Wait Before Applying for Disability Benefits?

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People may think that before applying for disability benefits, you need to be disabled for a specific period of time and wait to apply. But that’s’ not the truth. Let’s take a closer look at when you can apply for benefits, and why waiting to apply can actually be harmful.

When Can You Apply?

There is no need to be out of work for six months or a year prior to applying for and collecting disability benefits.

However, it is important to keep the eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability benefits in mind before you apply.

According to the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability, you must have a documented disability that is expected to last at least a year or is terminal.

In addition, your income must not exceed the substantial gainful activity (SGA) In 2019, Social Security defines SGA as those making $1,220 per month.

Why Can Waiting to Apply Can Be Harmful?

Waiting too long to apply for benefits can be harmful because the process can be complicated and take time. By putting off applying, you are waiting even longer to receive the benefits you deserve.

The entire application and appeals process can be lengthy, which is why it is important to work with an experienced Michigan disability lawyer. He or she can walk you through the entire process and work tirelessly to help ensure you receive your benefits.

The Disability Attorneys of Michigan Can Help

Disability Attorneys of Michigan work hard every day helping the disabled of Michigan seek the Social Security Disability Benefits they need. If you are unable to work due to a physical, mental, or cognitive impairment, call Disability Attorneys of Michigan now for a free consultation at 800-701-5524.

Let Michigan’s experienced Social Security Disability law firm help you get the benefits you deserve.


I will never forget you and the hard work you did to secure my Social Security Disability benefits. Thank you!

- Christine C.