For title II, you may establish a period of disability if you meet the conditions below:
You file an application either while you are disabled or no later than 12 months after the month in which your period of disability ends; (See §511.)
Note: A valid application on behalf of a deceased worker may be filed within three months following the month of the worker's death. It is filed by a person who would be qualified for unpaid monthly benefits (see §1902).
You have disability insured status (see §207);
You were disabled before a final decision was made on your application; and
You were disabled for a period of at least five months in a row before you reached full retirement age (or you are exempt from serving a waiting period (see §502)).
Last Revised: Mar. 1, 2004