The appeals process is Social Security Disability claims can be complicated. In the event that you were to become disabled, it is possible that you might be entitled to Social Security benefits — depending on how long you worked, how much you earned, and your particular circumstances. Usually one has to have worked five out of the past 10 years. For those under age 31 who have not worked as long, the requirements may be different. For low-income individuals, benefits may be available whether they have worked or not. If you find that you are unable to work due to disability during the next 12 months, or your condition is expected to lead to death, enlist the help of an attorney to assist in navigating the law concerning Social Security benefits.