The duration requirement shows the Social Security decision makers that your impairment has lasted for a sustained period of 12 months. One exception to this time period is if your impairments are expected to lead to death. A Phoenix Social Security lawyer would help you understand the details of meeting this requirement.
Qualifying for a Continuous Period of Time
A Phoenix Social Security attorney would explain that impairments that fluctuate or even have remission periods for short periods of time are not a problem in meeting the duration period requirements. A Phoenix Social Security lawyer would tell you that as long as the active phases are shown to stop you from engaging in substantial gainful activity for a continuous period if time, you would meet the duration requirement.
What must be avoided is attaching unrelated impairments together, in spite of their severity, to meet the duration requirements, as a Phoenix Social Security attorney would advise that this specifically goes against the regulations.
Denials and Time Period Adjustments
When the duration period is not met and it appears that the impairment is in a course that indicates probable improvement within 12 months, this would result in being denied. But a Phoenix Social Security lawyer would attest to the fact that there have been times when a decision maker will extend a case for impairments that may or may not improve over the duration period to help better gauge if the impairments are consistently disabling over the period of time.
One actual advantage for the commonly slow administrative process is that it can provide the needed 12-month period to show that the impairments have met the duration requirement before the hearing takes place.
Closed Period of Disability
A Phoenix Social Security lawyer can help you understand that in situations in which, after the 12-month period has been met, you are able to return to work because your condition has improved, a request can be made for finding a closed period of disability.
Experienced legal representation can help you in understanding the complex Social Security Administration regulations. For a consultation about your case with a Phoenix Social Security lawyer, contact the Schiffman Law Office, P.C. at (602) 235-0539 today.