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Has an injury or medical condition left you unable to work? Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may be the answer to help provide for you and your family. Funded over the years through a deduction from your paychecks, SSDI functions as a safety net for you and other workers.

To qualify, you must be under 65 years old and have a disabling injury or medical condition that leaves you unable to work. Also, you must have worked at jobs where you had money taken out of your paychecks for Social Security Disability. Additional qualification factors are:

• You are unable to work for at least one year

• The injury or condition is likely to conclude in death

Compassionate Allowance

The Social Security Administration has a strict protocol regarding qualification procedures and steps, but there is a provision for expedited benefits access. Called a compassionate allowance, qualified individuals with especially progressive severe diseases such as certain cancers, congenital conditions and neurological disorders can get quicker access to support if they qualify for the program.

Multi-Step Process

It is essential that you not to wait to file your claim since there are many steps to apply for benefits. With the need to correctly complete all requirements to qualify for consideration for benefits, it makes sense to retain legal consultation to make sure that you’re applying for all the benefits that you qualify for and that you’re doing it correctly. That way, you have the best chance for the smoothest application process possible.