Social Security Q&A: Is There a Time Limit on Receiving Disability Benefits?
Question: Is there a time limit on how long I can receive Social Security disability benefits?
Answer: Your disability benefits will continue as long as your medical condition has not improved and you cannot work.
Social Security will periodically review your case to determine whether you continue to be eligible.
If you are still receiving disability benefits when you reach your full retirement age, your disability benefits will automatically be converted to retirement benefits. Learn more about disability benefits at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disability.
Q: Why is there a five-month waiting period for Social Security disability benefits?
A: The law states that Social Security disability benefits can be paid only after you have been disabled continuously throughout a period of five full calendar months. Social Security disability benefits begin with the sixth full month after the date your disability began. You are not able to receive benefits for any month during the waiting period. Learn more at our website: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disability.
This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For fast answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at 800-772-1213.