So now you're disabled!
April 14, 2010 6:53 AM Subscribe
I just qualified for Social Security disability payments. Now what?
posted by anonymous to work & money (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In the course of trying to get some help with healthcare, I applied for Social Security - it was explained to me that this would 'get me in the system' and would make further interactions with the bureaucratic apparatus smoother. A couple months go by, and hey presto! I get a letter telling me that I qualified for disability payments, or pension, or whatever you call it (on the first try, no less, which apparently is Something).
So what should I be doing next? They don't exactly give you an instruction manual. I'm in my early 30s, and am pretty sure I qualified based on arthritis/mobility impairment/jacked-up legs, although there are other issues I deal with. What resources are available to me that wouldn't be obvious? Who should I get in touch with? This is all very exciting but also quite confusing.
I'm in Chicago, if that matters.