Do I Have to Wait 12 Months Before I Can Apply for Disability?

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Michigan Social Security Disability FAQs – Waiting Periods

Do I have to wait 12 months before I can apply for disability?

No.  An individual is not required to wait 12 months prior to filing a claim for disability.  If you anticipate yourself being out of work for at least 12 months or longer or if your condition is terminal (may result in death), please contact us at the Law offices of Lee Steinberg and we will immediately assist you in filing a claim for benefits. Please note that there is a five-month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance claims to be payable from the date the SSA finds you disabled.  This means that you will not get paid benefits for the first 5 months from the date of disability.  However, do not wait to file your claim for benefits once you are sure you meet all of the SSA’s requirements for disability. The attorneys at The Lee Steinberg Law Firm can significantly increase your odds of success in your Social Security Disability claim. Contact our offices at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733) or fill out the Free Case Evaluation Form to get started with a free consultation. As always, you pay nothing until we settle your Social Security Disability case.