If you have been injured or developed severe medical conditions, and have been out of work for an extended period of time or anticipate being out of work for a year or longer, you may want to file for Social Security disability. There is a lot to this process and you need to find out if you qualify before you start the process. Speaking with an experienced SSD law firm is always best. Filing for Social Security disability can be a very arduous task. Claimants are approved based on a variety of arguments, but the three most common arguments are: 1. Your medical condition meets one of Social Security’s medical listings, 2. Based on your age, education, residual functional capacity, and work experience you qualify based on Social Security’s Medical Vocational Rules, or 3. You are unable to perform any work on a regular and continuing basis (5 days, 40 hours a week). For more information on applying for Social Security disability, and who qualifies, you can check the Social Security website and read the criteria. You can also get more information by contacting a law firm specializing in disability law. A disability lawyer in North Carolina can assist you when it comes to filing an initial application, as well as filing appeals and representing you at a hearing if necessary.