You may find it harder to work than you once did if you have been in the workforce for a few decades. This does not mean you are disabled, but at what point do you make the transition from work is difficult to work is impossible? Knowing when it is time to file for social security disability benefits will make the entire process go more smoothly.
You Have Sustained a Significant Injury that Has Left You Disabled
If you have been recently injured, to the degree that you are not able to work, it could be time to file for social security disability benefits. If the injury is expected to last for a year or more, than it is definitely time to file a social security disability claim. Being laid up for a few weeks won't qualify you for disability, but more than twelve months of being injured will.
You Have Had Trouble Working and Keep Missing Work
If you have a chronic condition, and you have had trouble working, this could indicate that it is time for you to seek benefits. If your condition keeps you home more often than you are able to work, you are ready to file. You can't be working full time and earning a living wage and then say your arthritis doesn't allow you to work. If your condition is one that is progressive, there has to be a clear decline in your ability to do your job.
You Talk with Your Primary Care Physician
If you believe that you are disabled, you have to talk with your primary care physician to talk about your options. Tell your doctor your concerns, and be clear about why it is difficult for you to go to work every day. If your primary care physician agrees with you, you should begin the application process. You will need to sign releases for all of your treatment providers during the determination process with social security, including one for your primary care physician. It won't do you any good if your doctor does not feel that you are disabled at this time. Talk with your doctor and get a clear answer regarding how they feel about you applying for social security disability benefits.
If you are still able to go to work every day, and you have been making enough money to support yourself, it isn't time for you to apply for benefits. If you are feeling progressively worse, seek medical care to determine if there are any treatment options for you. Begin taking the steps in proving you are disabled by going to your doctor with complaints, and following all treatment that is prescribed. For more information and help, contact a social security disability lawyer like Ledgerwood Law Group.