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When to Apply for Social Security Disability – St. Petersburg/Tampa, Florida Disability Attorney

When should you apply for Social Security Disability or SSI?

If you find yourself not able to work because of a sickness or injury, the Florida Social Security Disability and SSI attorneys with John V. Tucker recommend that you apply for benefits as soon as possible. Some people may tell you that you can wait for a year to apply, but that is rarely the best advice.

The main reason to apply early is that the Social Security Administration has such a long backlog of cases, every day you wait simply means that you will wait longer for your claim to be decided.

Social Security’s rules allow you to apply if you have a condition that will keep you out of work for a year or which will result in death. If you had to stop working because of medical or mental condition and do not know when you may get back to work, there is reason to believe that you could be out of work for at least a year. If you are able to get back to work before a year passes, you can simply withdraw your claim. Waiting will only delay how long Social Security takes to get to your case.

If you believe we can be of assistance in helping you obtain Social Security disability benefits in Florida, please contact us. Please take advantage of the firm’s free consultation. If you hire our firm, we will also help you apply for Social Security Disability benefits.

Our offices in the Tampa Bay area offer a central location to assist Social Security claimants throughout Florida. Our office is staffed to handle much of your claim over the phone, by email, and by mail, so you do not need to drive to our offices unless you want to, and we can meet with you in your hometown. We can even do a video conference over Skype instead of talking on the phone if you have a webcam. While many of our clients are in the vicinity of St. Petersburg and Tampa, we currently have Social Security Disability clients in most of the counties in Florida.

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