Because Social Security Disability is a program that pays benefits to people who are suffering from long-term disabilities, you will not receive any benefits during the first five full calendar months that you are disabled.
For example, if you become disabled on Jan. 15, you would have to wait until July 1 to begin collecting benefits. The five-month waiting period is designed to ensure that your disability is not just temporary.
Immediately after you are diagnosed with a long-term disability, you should hire a Social Security Disability attorney and apply for SSD benefits.
The U.S. Social Security Administration estimates that it can take three to five months for your application to be approved-and longer if your claim is initially denied and you need to appeal the denial.
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