Disabled for a full year to get Social Security
From the Social Security Administration’s standpoint, the condition that you’ve been diagnosed with should disable you for a minimum of 12 months. Do you actually have to be disabled? Your condition can result in functional limitations that limit your ability to do the work you’ve done in the past and also prevent you from engaging in other forms of work, based on your age, skills, education and limitations.
This “state of disability” must last for one full year, although it doesn’t have to have lasted a full year before you actually file for Social Security Disability benefits.
So, in other words, if you have a condition that will disabled you for a year, you don't have to be disabled for a full year before you apply for Social Security disability benefits.
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Answering these broad-based questions isn't easy. Help is a phone call away. You can contact Nancy Cavey, an experienced long-term disability attorney at 727-894-3188.