Social Security Disability Benefits for Prior Disability

If you were disabled several years ago and are now healthy, you may be able to receive disability benefits for the time you were disabled and could not work. This will be considered as a closed period of disability. To receive benefits for a closed period of disability you must have filed a Social Security disability benefit application within 14 months after your disability ended. Or you must have filed a Social Security disability benefit application between 15 and 36 months after your disability ended, and your failure to file earlier was due to your physical or mental inability. In this case, you may be entitled to a set period of disability but not monthly payments. A closed period of disability will protect your status as insured and increase future retirement or Social Security disability benefits.

If you do qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you will have to wait 5 months before you can receive benefits. In addition, you may receive up to 12 months of “retroactive benefits” from the time your claim is filed. To find out if you are entitled to Retroactive Benefits and disability benefits for a closed period of disability, contact a Social Security disability lawyer today!

Example:
Joe was disabled with a serious injury and could not work for 13 months. Currently he is healthy and is working again. If Joe files an application for Social Security disability benefits within 14 months after his disability ended, he may be entitled to disability benefits for a closed period of disability. If Joe files for Social Security disability between 15 and 36 months after his disability ended and his delay in filing was due to his disability, he may qualify for a period of benefits, however not monthly payments. If Joe qualifies, he must wait 5 months for disability payments. Joe could receive additional benefits as well. He could receive up to 12 months of retroactive benefits. For more information about receiving disability benefits for a closed period of disability and if Joe can receive retroactive benefits, he should contact a Social Security disability lawyer who specializes in social security law.

If you have a question about social security law or want to file a social security claim in California, contact the Law Office of Louis J. Vigorita now.