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How Long Do I Have to Wait for Social Security Disability Benefits?

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on March 28, 2013 | In Social Security Disability

When you’re struggling to live with a disability, it can be difficult to also file paperwork and meet other disability application requirements on time. It can be even harder to live without the essential support that benefits provide. Knowing how long you might have to wait for benefits and how soon you should file is an important part of the process, as well.

First, you should file your application for Social Security disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires you to have worked within a certain amount of time before you file for benefits. The longer you wait, the longer your last job recedes into the past, and the less likely it becomes that you will qualify for benefits.

Next, processing your disability claim can take some time. The SSA estimates that the average claim takes three to five months. This time period depends on factors like the nature of your disability, the time it takes for the SSA to receive required information from your doctor, and other factors.

Finally, the SSA requires those who are approved for benefits to wait at least five months from the date of their disability to receive benefits. The date is determined by the SSA. Benefits start in the sixth month after this date.

If you’re considering filing for Social Security disability benefits or you’re already in the process of applying for benefits, the experienced southern California Social Security disability benefits attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help. For a free and confidential case evaluation, contact us today at (800) 438-7734.

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