The Lowery Law Group
Phone (843) 991-0733
Fax (843) 628-4895
245 Seven Farms Drive
Charleston, SC 29492
Closed Period Cases of Disability Benefits
Am I eligible for Social Security disability benefits if my condition improves and I am able to return to work before my claim has been decided?
Yes, if you have already been out of work a minimum of 12 months before returning to work. A closed period, is the time between the onset of your disability and the time you were able to resume working. You may qualify for Social Security disability benefits and/or Supplemental Security Income during the period of time you were not able to work as long as the period exceeds 12 months. In these cases, if approved, the individual would be eligible for back pay for the closed period of disability but not ongoing monthly benefits or insurance. Generally, a closed period claim for disability benefits is easier to be approved for. Often, the Social Security Administration takes the position that your period of disability is proven by the fact that you returned to work when your medical conditions improved and you are continuing to work.