What You Should Know About SSD Claim Time Limits

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Social Security Disability benefits are designed to help those unable to work meet their basic needs with crucial financial assistance. If you have recently become disabled and can no longer support yourself, you may be eligible for benefits under certain conditions. This includes earning enough work credits and applying within Social Security’s claim time limits.

What is the Five Year Rule for Disability Benefits?

Many believe you need to wait a certain amount to apply for benefits. However, you can file a claim as soon as the day you’re diagnosed with a qualifying condition. If you can prove that your disability will last 12 months or result in death, your disability case can move forward. Regardless, you must apply for benefits as soon as possible.

Work credits vary from case to case, with factors such as working full or part-time, but most expire after five years of not working. So, if you wait five years or more to apply for benefits since becoming unable to work, you will no longer be eligible. There is no exception to this rule, so you must act quickly


Should I Hire an SSD Attorney?

From filing the initial claim to appeals to approval, the Social Security Disability claims process is confusing – but it doesn’t have to be. With the help of an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer, you can rest assured that your disability case is in good hands. An SSD attorney covers everything in your claims process from beginning to end to ensure and secure the benefits you and your family need and deserve.

Contact the Trustworthy Disability Lawyers at DA Michigan Today

At the Disability Attorneys of Michigan, we are the SSA experts. Social Security Disability is all we do, day in and day out, and seeing our clients thrive with the benefits they deserve makes all of our hard work worthwhile. So speak with us today at no cost upfront. We won’t get paid until you do.

Have you recently become disabled and need help? Contact us today by submitting a form below or calling our office toll-free at 800-949-2900 for a free consultation.


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