Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are designed to replace income lost due to a serious and long-term medical condition, which prevents you from continuing to earn money from work. In order to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD/SSI) benefits, the condition that prevents you from working must be expected to result in death or last for more than one year. If you are expected to recover from your condition in less than one year, you will not be eligible for benefits. In addition, not only must your condition prevent you from doing the work you did before you became ill or injured, but it must also prevent you from doing other work that exists in the national economy. If you develop a condition or suffer an injury that prevents you from working, Social Security Disability (SSD/SSI) benefits can be an absolute necessity.
When you are found to be disabled under Social Security regulations, benefits are paid under one of two programs or both. If you have sufficient earnings over the 10 years prior to becoming disabled, then you will be paid through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits program. If you do not have sufficient earnings to qualify for SSDI benefits, then you may be able to receive benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. This is a need-based program for individuals who are disabled. You have to demonstrate the additional non-medical eligibility for SSI benefits. This is similar to demonstrating eligibility for welfare or other forms of aid. In some cases an individual will be eligible for SSDI benefits but their benefit payment will be low enough to be eligible for some additional payments under the SSI program.
The issue of disability or the inability to perform full-time work is the same for both programs. A condition, injury or illness that prevents you from working can be physical or mental. Disability can also be established with a combination of mental and physical conditions.
Whether you are getting ready to file an initial application or you have already applied, been denied and seek to appeal the denial, working with an experienced Social Security Disability (SSD/SSI) attorney can greatly increase your chances for a successful claim or appeal.
At the Disability Rights Law Center, assisting clients with applications and appeals for Social Security Disability (SSD/SSI) benefits is all we do. We have successfully assisted and represented clients suffering from a wide range of injuries and illnesses, all with one thing in common: they desperately needed Social Security Disability (SSD/SSI) benefits. We can help you, too.
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