The average 20 year old worker has a 30% chance of becoming disabled before the normal retirement age. If you're disabled because of a qualifying medical condition that will either result in death or you cannot work for at least one year or longer, you may be able to successfully file for Social Security disability benefits. (Note that Social Security does not cover partial or short term disability.)

Browse Avvo's guides and q&a to make sure that your Social Security disability application goes without a hitch. Also find out how to appeal a denial of benefits if your application encounters a problem.