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The Risk in Waiting Too Long to File Your Disability Claim

Published on June 20th, 2018

One of the most common mistakes regarding Social Security Disability is waiting too long to apply for benefits. If you have a disability that prevents you from being able to work full time, or work at all, the best advice from our disability lawyers in Maryville is to act quickly.

Maximize Potential Benefits

In order to maximize your potential benefits, it’s vital to file early, as the claim process can take weeks or even months. If your claim is accepted, you are limited to recovering retroactive benefits only for the 12-month period prior to application submission. Consequently, if you wait more than a year from the date you stop working, you risk losing benefits with each passing month.

Additionally, the Social Security Administration uses the most current medical information available to make their decisions. It’s advised you file for Social Security Disability benefits as soon as you have reason to believe that your disabling condition may last a year or longer. If you wait to apply for benefits, you are in danger of allowing your most critical medical information to become outdated. This makes it harder to establish your claim, delaying the process even more and possibly requiring you to undergo additional medical examination.

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If you have waited to file your disability claim, or if your disability claim has been denied, consider contacting an attorney for help managing your situation. Our disability lawyers near Maryville and the surrounding areas can evaluate your case for free.

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