Perhaps you have just recently been injured, or perhaps you have been injured and unable to work for a while, and you are wondering at what point you should apply for Social Security Disability.  The answer is that you need to apply for these benefits immediately once you and your doctor determine you will not be able to return to work due to your injury.

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you and a doctor must agree that you have a disability that is going to prevent you from returning to work.  It can take a long time for you to acquire your benefits.  The law indicates specifically that you must be unable to work for at least six months, and a doctor must indicate you will be out of work for at least a year.  If you are not working, and you are not receiving benefits, it is important to apply now because the process can take so long.  It is important to take the steps now to protect yourself.

To learn more about workers’ compensation law, I encourage you to watch the video above and to explore our educational website at If you have legal questions, I want you to call me at (609) 403-3138. I welcome your call.