If you are unable to work and are interested in qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits, here are five things that you need to know about the process.
You need to be unemployed — and unable to work because of disability. You need to be seeing a doctor who specializes in your physical or mental disability. Your doctor needs to agree that your disability prevents you from working.
You need to be patient, because this process can take a very long time (especially if you try to do it on your own, risking mistakes and missed deadlines). You need to rely on someone who knows what a successful application looks like and who, based on his or her experience, can guide you through the process.