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When it comes to Social Security Disability (SSD), the Social Security Administration has some very specific requirements you must hit when applying in order to be approved. Right off the bat, if you’re still earning more than $1180 a month in income, the Social Security Administration will not consider you disabled. In order to be considered disabled, you must have an illness or injury that will last at least one year or until death. Short-term disabilities will not be considered for SSD. You also must be younger than the age in which you will qualify for retirement benefits from the Social Security Administration. Lastly, you must fit the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability. The best way to know if you do fit the criteria for the Social Security Administration to approve your benefits is to speak with a Social Security attorney in your state.

How Long Does It Take to Get SSD Benefits?

While Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits start paying out within a month of approval, Social Security Disability benefits don’t start paying until 5 months after the date you became disabled. On average the approval process takes 3-4 months, with payments coming 1-2 months after that. This isn’t taking into consideration that almost 70% of SSD claims are initially denied, and if you appeal, that process can take well over a year. This is why it’s pivotal to file your claim right away. A Social Security lawyer can work hand in hand with you every step of the way to make sure the approval process goes as smoothly as possible.

How Can I Improve My Chances of Getting Approved for SSD

Sadly, there isn’t any way for you to speed up the approval process or change the minds of those in charge of your case. That said, you can prepare in a way that improves your chances. First off, you can’t be too prepared. Having statements from your doctor, medical records, and witnesses can absolutely help your claim. Having a clearly written breakdown of your job and what it entails can also help. Effort required, heavy lifting, hours worked… you’ll want to paint a clear picture of what your workplace is like and why your disability hinders you from doing your job. Lastly, hiring an attorney. Statistics show that applicants are three times more likely to be approved for benefits if they work with a professional to file their claim.

If I Get Approved, How Long Will My Benefits Last?

While the process for filing can be difficult, the good news is that if you do get approved, your benefits can last until you’re old enough to move to Social Security retirement benefits. That said, there may be regular check in’s, anywhere from every 2 years to every 5 years. If the Social Security Administration finds your condition to be improved enough to return back to work, your benefits may stop. Call Walton Law LLC at 251-455-5819 and let our team of Social Security experts help you navigate the complicated world of SSD benefits.