Social Security Disability and closed period of Disability

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), among other things, you must prove that you have a disabling condition that is expected to last more than a year. What about those folks who have a disability that has lasted more than a year, but the disability is not permanent, and they either will be able to work at sometime in the future or have already returned to work, can these folks get disability payments?  The answer is yes.  If you have a disability that is expected to, or does, last more than a year then you can obtain benefits for the months that you are disabled, even if you return to work.  This is referred to as a closed period of disability.  Bear in mind that the first 5 months of any disability period is eliminated.  This means that if you, for example, become disabled on January one, the first benefit you will receive will begin on June 1.  You will then be eligible to receive benefits for each month the disability continued after the five month elimination period, up to the time you return to work.  If you have any other questions about Social Security Disability Income, or SSDI also known as Title II Disability, please give us a call.

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