People who have become disabled and unable to work often wonder when they should start applying for Social Security Disability (SSD). They sometimes become discouraged by the SSD eligibility criteria that say that eligibility is restricted to those who are disabled and have been unable to work for 12 months. They don't read on to the part of the criteria that includes those whose disability is expected to keep them out of work for at least 12 months.
Social Security has published criteria that define disability and identify individuals eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Determining whether an applicant is disabled and thus eligible for benefits is a complex step-by- step process that asks and answers questions about a claimant and his or her disability.