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What Is a “Closed Period” In a Social Security Disability Case?

by | Jul 14, 2023 | Social Security Disability |

Most people who apply for Social Security Disability are alleging that they are disabled and will continue to be unable to work for an indefinite amount of time.  However, here in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, it is not uncommon for a Social Security disability or Supplemental Security Income case to take up to two years from start to finish.  During this wait time, some people recover from their disabling condition and are able to return to work.  What happens to his or her case when this happens?

The most basic definition of “disability” under the Social Security Disability Rules and Regulations is a follows:

  1. Your condition must last (or be expected to last) at least 12 full months AND
  2. It must prevent you from performing any type of work

So, if you have a condition that prevents you from working and you are off work for at least one full year, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits for the period of time you were off work.  This is called a “closed period of disability.”

Talking with an experienced attorney at our office can help you determine if you are entitled to any Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income for a period of time you were off work due to a disabling medical condition. Contact a Social Security disability attorney at Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. today at 251-343-1111 for a free case evaluation. Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. represents Social Security disability claimants in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana at all levels of the disability process from initial application to appeals to Federal Court.


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