Before or after applying for disability, many people have questions about the best way to apply for disability benefits and how long the process takes.
What's the Best Way to Apply for Social Security Disability or SSI?
There are currently three methods available to potential disability claimants.
When Should You Apply for Social Security Disability or SSI?
I've just gotten to the point to where I can no longer work because of pain. Should I apply for disability benefits right away?
How Long Do You Have to Be Disabled Before You Can Get Disability Benefits?
You don't have to be disabled for any length of time before you apply for disability benefits, but there is a five-month waiting period to receive SSDI payments.
Social Security Disability: What If I Move Before I Get Approved?
In general, moving should not affect your Social Security Disability claim. There are some exceptions, though.
How Long Does It Take for a Disability Claim to Get Approved?
It can take anywhere from a month to two years for an initial Social Security disability application to be approved.
What Are Activities of Daily Living for Social Security Disability?
When you file for Social Security Disability, the SSA may ask how your disability affects your "activities of daily living."
Can I Apply for Disability If My Husband or Wife Gets Disability?
My husband is getting disability. Will this prevent me from getting disability for breast cancer?
If I Need to Use a Wheelchair, Do I Automatically Get Disability?
You won't get Social Security or SSI disability benefits automatically just because you use a wheelchair, although needing a wheelchair may help you win your disability claim.
Does Social Security Disability Deny Everyone the First Time They Apply?
No, but Social Security denies about 65% of disability claimants after the initial application.
What Is the Job of a Social Security Disability Examiner?
The Social Security disability examiner makes medical determinations for Social Security disability (SSDI or SSD) disability claims.
Does Not Having a Driver's License Matter When I'm Applying for Disability?
Unless you lost your driver's license because of medical reasons, not having a license won't affect your claim.