To qualify for Social Security Benefits, you must have an impairment that prevents you from performing Substantial Gainful Activity that has lasted, or is expected to last for at least one year. Once you have been disabled for at least one year, you may be eligible for benefits even if you medically recover and return to work. This is called a closed period of time. Your closed period of time could be one that you file for after you have medically recovered from it or it could be a situation where you filed for disability and, before the hearing, your condition medically improves.
If you are filing for Disability after you have already recovered your application must be filed within fourteen (14) months of when the disability ended, or within thirty-six (36) months as long as you can prove that the failure to file on time was due to physical or mental incapability. Social Security can pay you back pay for up to twelve (12) months from the filing date of your application.
If you have questions about a closed period of time you may be entitled to please contact us.