How Likely are You to Win Your Disability Case?

If I Am Determined Disabled, How Far Back Will Social Security Pay Benefits?

How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?

What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits

Tips for filing a disability claim

What is the Purpose of the Social Security Disability SSI Medical Exam, or CE?

Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of benefits

If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?

Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process

Can You Get Approved For Social Security Disability If You Do Not Take Medication Or Go To a Doctor?

Filing an Application for Disability Benefits

How Long Does It Take To Get Disability Benefits?

Qualifying: What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability?

What is a date of entitlement?

Date of entitlement refers to the month that you become entitled to a disability benefit. There are different dates of entitlement for the two disability programs (Title II and Title 16) that the Social Security Administration manages for the federal government.

For instance, Title II disability (social security disability) is based on earnings, and your date of entitlement will most likely be the sixth month following the month your earnings are below SGA (SGA stands for substantial gainful activity and if you earn more than the monthly SGA amount for a given year you will not be eligible to receive disability benefits). This delay is typically referred to as "the five month waiting period".

The SSI program (Title 16), which is a need based program, requires no waiting period for those entitled to disability benefits. Consequently, if an individual meets all medical disability requirements and non-medical requirements in the month of filing for disability, the individual will be entitled to receive SSI disability benefits beginning with the month they filed for disability.

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

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How long for a disability judge to make a decision?
While you are in your disability interview
The SSD and SSI definition of disability

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.

How to file for disability, SSD or SSI
How to file for Disability and what medical conditions qualify
How long will it take to get disability?
What if your disability gets denied?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How to get disability with a mental condition
How long for Social Security Disability Back pay
Social Security Disability SSI eligibility