Obviously, you’ll need to provide a written assessment from a medical professional about your physical or mental status. Your application for disability benefits is then sent to a special state-run office. An official in that office will review your medical records and other documentation, and then forward an approval or denial recommendation to the Social Security Administration. If it is determined that you can work in any capacity based on your age, education, and previous employment history, you will not be eligible for disability benefits.

If you are approved for disability benefits, your case will be reviewed every one to seven years to ensure that your condition has not improved. If it has and it’s determined that you can work, your benefits will stop. If your condition is likely to be permanent, you’ll still be reviewed once every seven years or so.