When you can’t work because of medical problems, you can’t wait for financial help. But the Social Security Disability system takes time—from months to years—to award the disability income that will allow you to live in peace. You don’t want to do anything that causes avoidable delays, such as applying too slowly or missing a deadline to appeal a denial of benefits. An experienced disability lawyer can help you move your claim forward as smoothly as possible. See the key moments and deadlines of your disability claim in this chart from the Lachman & Gorton Law Office, serving people in Endicott, Binghamton, Elmira, Oneonta, Rochester, or anywhere in the Southern Tier of New York.