By the time most Social Security Disability and SSI benefit claimants receive a decision on disability benefits, their financial situation is precarious at best. Most of the time, this is unavoidable, but some situations can be helped by simply knowing a few facts. First, realize from the getgo that you will most likely need to file an appeal before your case can be won, and the appeals process can take up to a year and a half to finish. Second, plan ahead financially at the outset, meaning avoid new debts and obligations and, perhaps, restructure current debts and obligations. Third, consider filing for other benefits that you might be eligible for, such as food stamps or other public assistance.