Do I need to apply for Social Security disability benefits as soon as I can’t work?

You should apply for Social security disability benefits as soon as possible once you determine you are unable to work.

Waiting too long to apply for benefits is a common mistake that must be avoided at all costs. Many people struggle to admit they cannot continue working due to their disabilities. Often, people are under financial pressure to continue to work, even after their disabilities make working unreasonable. At Chad Brown Law, we understand the need to work to pay your bills and the mental block many have in admitting the extent of the limitations they are causing. However, delaying filing your application could make it harder to prove your disability. The longer you wait to file, the more you have to explain things that happened often years before. Honestly, this is just plain difficult to do. Generally, a disability claimant can also only draw benefits for one year prior to filing their claim for disability. If you wait too long to apply for disability benefits, you may lose the benefits you were entitled to when you became disabled initially.

Knowing when to file for disability is not an easy question. Chad Brown Law helps people make the right decision about when to file for Social Security disability benefits every day. If you have questions about when to file for disability benefits, call Chad Brown Law today at 336-962-5373.

Our firm focuses on three practice areas: Disability, Personal Injury, and Eminent Domain. Every practice area has attorneys who have expertise in their respective area of practice. 

Chad Brown is a North Carolina Board Certified Social Security disability law specialist. Mr. Brown helps Social Security disability claimants at all stages of the disability process. He also works with people that have Long Term Disability denials and with people that are injured by drugs and defective medical products.

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