Nearly one out of every five West Virginian has some form of disability, according to the Pew Foundation. That's the highest rate in the country. Perhaps worse, disabilities affect West Virginians of working age-nearly one in 10 working-age Mountaineers receive disability insurance from the Social Security Administration, as this business news site reports. That, too, is the highest rate in the country.
Suffering from an injury or illness can change your life. In addition to the myriad adjustments your body and emotions can undergo, a disability can make it impossible to work. If you are suffering from an injury or illness that prevents you from working, you may be able to get some assistance. Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability are two programs that provide financial assistance. Read below to learn whether you qualify.