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If you are hurt and can’t work, you may need to fall back on the benefits system. One system that is there to protect people like yourself is Social Security Disability. This program pays benefits to those who have serious disabilities that are expected to last a year or longer, or result in eventual death.

If you need Social Security Disability, you will need to provide information about your medical condition, education history, work and more to the Social Security Administration. The SSA will then work through the case to decide if you are disabled. The SSA is not always right in its first determination, which is why many people receive denials. Appeals are allowed, so if you do receive a denial, you can supply more information and appeal the decision.

Did you know that one in four of today’s 20-year-old population will end up being disabled before they reach the age of 67?

Studies have shown that it’s likely that a quarter of the current 20-year-old population will become disabled prior to retirement, and that’s something to take very seriously. Having SSD available is just one way to make sure that vulnerable people are able to get the support that they need during a trying time in their lives.

If you are struggling with a disability, remember that you can apply for Social Security Disability and seek the benefits that could help support you. If you receive a denial letter, you can appeal or look into additional legal support.