How Long Do I Have to Be Unable to Work to Receive Disability Benefits?
This is a commonly asked question that I receive as a Social Security Disability Lawyer. Consider it a One Year Rule.
Technically, you have to be off work at least six months for a condition that lasts for at least one year. However, it is interpreted by Social Security as requiring you to be unable to work for a year or expected to be unable to work for at least a year. You are also eligible if your condition is expected to result in your death. If you apply because you anticipate an operative procedure, you must factor in the period of time your doctor believes it will take for you to recover.
If it is less than a year from the date you last worked to the time your doctor releases you to work, you will not be awarded disability benefits. Please feel free to call or email me with any more specific questions that you have.