The answer maybe yes. First, you have to have impairments that are going to prevent you from working for 12 months or more. There is no short term disability with Social Security. You have to have a serious medical condition, mental health situation or severe personal injury which required a number of treatments or surgeries staged over a period longer than 12 months. If you made a recovery and are no longer disabled but the disability period extended over 12 months you may now be entitled to a closed period of disability benefits. It maybe be possible to get benefits for that prior period. If that is the case you should apply for disability benefits immediately.
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