If Social Security disability continues, it eventually becomes retirement

Published April 24, 2012

Your disability figure becomes retirement

Q: Is there a time limit on Social Security disability benefits?

A: 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

Waiting period before disability begins

Q: Why is there a five-month waiting period for Social Security disability benefits?

A: The law states that Social Security disability benefits begin with the sixth full month after the date your disability began.

You are not entitled to benefits for any month before that. Learn more at

This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For answers to specific Social Security questions, call Social Security toll-free 1-800-772-1213.

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