Timing is important in Social Security disability and SSI disability cases. Many injured workers assume they will start getting benefits right away — soon after they apply — but this is not the case. If your application is denied once or more than once, and you have to go through the appeals process, your evaluation of benefits can take two years. In the meantime, you may be worried about how to pay the bills.
Waiting to apply for benefits can also hurt your claim. By waiting, you could make it appear as though you are not as injured as you claim, which is not the impression you want to give the doctors evaluating your case. Applying promptly lets you get your benefits sooner and can strengthen your case. Apply as soon as you are eligible.
Apply As Soon As You Can
You can apply for Social Security disability and SSI disability benefits as soon as an injury stops you from substantial gainful activity (SGA), which in 2016 was defined as $1,130. If you are earning more than this, you cannot apply. As soon as your injury prevents you from earning that amount, submit your application promptly.
Applying as soon as possible has an added benefit. The date you make your disability claim is known as your original disability date. If you successfully appeal any denials, you could be eligible to start getting benefits backdated to that date. The sooner you apply, the more thoroughly you protect yourself.
If you are intimidated by filing a social security disability claim or have applied and been rejected, contact KBG Injury Law. The attorneys at KBG Injury Law focus on SSI and Social Security benefits and would be pleased to offer you a consultation.