Overview of Disability

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Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

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Do You Get Disability Benefits From The First Time You Applied?

The first time you apply for disability may or may not determine when you get disability benefits from Social Security. Social Security bases an applicant’s disability entitlement on the date they contacted Social Security to file their disability claim. The filing date determines when you might first be eligible to receive disability benefits. In other words, the life of a disability claim begins with the date of filing and lasts until a disability decision is made.

National statistical information indicates that about thirty five percent of all disability applicants are approved for disability the first time they apply. Which, of course, means that about sixty five percent of all applicants are denied disability benefits.

In order to protect your date of filing you must appeal your disability claim denial. If you do not appeal your disability denial the next time you apply for disability the date of eligibility will determined by the date you contact Social Security to re-apply for disability benefits. It does not matter if you have not worked since your last disability denial, because eligibility is determined by the date that you applied not the date you stopped work.

Remember the life of any disability claim begins with the date you file for disability; if you do not appeal your disability denial, you will not be able to get disability benefits from the first time you applied for disability.

If you are not able to go perform substantial work (generally full time work or highly paid part time work) at the time you receive your disability claim, you should waste no time in filing an appeal with Social Security.

There are a couple of reasons for filing an appeal rather than a new disability claim when your disability claim is denied. You have a better chance of being approved quicker if you appeal your disability claim to an administrative law judge. And, you are able to receive disability benefits based upon the date you first applied for disability.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Disability benefits can be ceased for medical improvement
Filing an Application for Disability Benefits under SSD or SSI
Does surgery disqualify me from my disability application?
What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
When should you apply for Social Security Disability?
Applying for Disability - Rules and Requirements when you Apply
Application Requirements For Disability
What happens after I file my disability claim with Social Security?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria