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How long do I have to wait after becoming disabled before I can file for Social Security disability benefits?

If you're disabled and not working, you can file for disability benefits immediately.

To prevail in a claim though, there must be medical proof that you meet the standard. There is no reason to file a Social Security disability claim if one has only a minor illness, or one which is unlikely to last a year or more. However, an individual who suffers serious illness or injury and expects to be out of work for a year or more should not delay in filing a claim for Social Security disability benefits.