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3 FAQs to get acquainted with Social Security disability

Having a disability isn't something anyone plans on. It changes every aspect of your life when you're not able to be as independent as you were before your disability.

Nothing can get your life back to the way it was, but being able to make ends meet while you're unable to work is a good start to finding a new normal.

Social Security disability can be a great benefit to help provide for the household expenses. Here are a few FAQs on Social Security disability.

Isn't social security just for people who are retiring?

Social Security is for more than people who are no longer working because of their age.

If you are disabled, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits to help make ends meet while you are unable to work.

How do I qualify for social security disability?

Your disability doesn't have to be permanent to be able to qualify for Social Security disability.

If you have a disability and are unable to do the same work you were doing before your disability, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Much of the determination will be based on the severity of your condition and what work, if any, you are able to do with your impairments.

You should apply for benefits as soon as you become disabled. The application process can take three to five months and requires a lot of documentation, so you will want to get the process going as soon as possible.

Can I still work?

Just because you qualify for Social Security disability benefits when you are unable to work doesn't mean that you will lose those benefits if you want to reenter the workforce.

If you find yourself in a position where you want to try going back to work, that is a possibility. You can try going back to work while still receiving benefits to see if that will work for you. Before going back, just make sure to contact the Social Security office to let them know.

The Social Security Administration also offers the Ticket to Work program. At no cost, the program can help you get additional training and services to help you get back to work.

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