What are the Deadlines for Filing Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides benefits for those who suffer marked or serious disabilities that are likely to last at least one year and/or result in death. But when applying for SSDI benefits, it’s important to be aware of time limits and deadlines.

The letters and paperwork you receive from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will contain specific deadline dates for filings, requesting reconsideration of a denial, and other actions. However, here are a few initial time limits of which you should be aware.

First, the passing of time might affect whether you qualify for benefits. For most adults, in order to qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have acquired at least 40 “work credits,” measured by your earnings from work. Up to four credits may be earned each year. At least 20 of these credits must have been earned within the past 10 years, so the longer you wait to file for SSDI benefits, the more likely it becomes that your work history will not fall within the 10-year requirement.

Next, if you are turned down for benefits after your initial application, you have the right to ask for a “reconsideration” of your case by the SSA. You have 60 days from the date you receive your denial letter to request reconsideration.

Our knowledgeable San Diego Social Security Disability Insurance benefits attorneys can help you stay on top of deadlines and seek the benefits you need. For a free, confidential consultation, contact us today.

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