If you are suffering from a physical or mental impairment that limits your ability to work and interferes with your day-to-day functioning, you are wise to explore your options. You might otherwise miss out on a significant lifeline of monthly income and medical benefits.
Disabilities can take many forms. They may be purely physical, affecting your motor skills and mobility. Or they may be mental, affecting your cognitive abilities or emotional functioning.
Some people sustain life-altering injuries in an accident. Others suffer chronic or degenerative conditions. In some cases, those who earn a living in hazardous or strenuous occupations end up with lifelong impairments. Any of these conditions can potentially count as a disability for purposes of Social Security benefits.