If you have a medical condition or disability that is severe enough that it prevents you from making a living and supporting yourself or your family, you may have cause to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance. A type of assistance reserved for those who have particularly severe conditions that should last at least a year or longer, SSDI benefits may be available to you, depending on your previous work contributions and how much you paid into the Social Security system.
While obtaining SSDI benefits is not always easy (Everyday Health reports that only about 33 percent of applicants who apply each year receive approval), you may be able to find success through an appeal if the U.S. Social Security Administration denies your initial claim. However, developing a better understanding of the application process and the benefits system itself may increase your chances of filing a successful SSDI claim. So, before you submit your application for SSDI benefits, recognize that: