Overview of Disability

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How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

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Working and Disability

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Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

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SSDRC Disability Blog

How many Americans become disabled?

According to U.S. census data, eighteen percent of the American population (at this point in time, that comes to 58 million citizens) has some form of disability with 12% having a severe disability.

I've probably seen similar figures before, but, still, the statistics are sobering. And, of course, not surprising. Aside from the fact that many accidents and impairments just happen, humans, like machines, wear out. And as we age, we become more susceptible to all sorts of illnesses and more susceptible to injury (due to bone thinning, slowed reflexes, and the chance factor: the longer you live the more likely it is that "something" will happen to you).

Disability, to some extent, and in one form or another, may be something that many of us have to look forward to. Literally. According to an article published on, "One in seven workers will be disabled for more than five years."

Adding insult to injury are the financial repercussions of becoming disabled: "46% of all home foreclosures are caused by a disability" (remember: half of all bankruptcies are due to medical reasons). Again, and unfortunately, not surprising. Individuals who file for disability benefits through the social security administration routinely have the specter of possible--and actual--home foreclosure thrust upon them.

And even when someone's home is not being taken away from them, the picture doesn't get really get that much better. According to census information, the poverty rate for those with a severe disability is 26 percent.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Getting a disability approval
How to appeal disability denial
Disability hearing results
Helpful tips for going to social security disability hearing
SSDI hearing decision
Denied social security disability now what
Social security disability appeal status
Social security disability appeal attorney fees
I was denied social security disability for the 2nd time
What happens after a disability hearing has been held
How long does a Social Security Disability judge have to make a ruling?
The Social Security Disability Blue book
How to get an SSDI reconsideration approved?
Conditions that get approved for disability
Social security disability back pay status
Denied social security disability appeal
What to say at a disability hearing
Filing for disability with fibromyalgia
Tips for applying for disability