When an individual becomes disabled and is no longer able to work, applying for Social Security benefits can help in keeping that individual and their family financially secure. However, there are many factors and requirements that individuals must meet in order to qualify for benefits. One of these requirements is that the disability must have lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months, consecutively, or that it can result in death.
It is important to note that the individual does not necessarily have to wait 12 months to file for disability. The Social Security Administration may determine that the person’s disability qualifies for benefits before 12 months because they expect it to impair the individual for at least 12 months. When making this determination, the Social Security Administration will assess whether you are unable to perform “substantial gainful activity” for at least 12 months. This term is an indication of the physical or mental capacity it takes to perform work for pay or profit.
Navigating the process of obtaining Social Security benefits can be confusing and overwhelming. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact our firm today.
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