Navigating the world of social security disability claims can be difficult and confusing, but our firm has years of experience in helping individuals make their way through the complicated and frustrating process of filing a claim successfully.
In this article, we offer a few helpful facts and tips to help someone interested in the subject or considering filing a claim. If any of this information is helpful or you or if your or a loved one have further questions about social security disability insurance (SSDI) or supplemental security income (SSI), please contact our firm.
What’s the difference between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income?
People often refer to SSDI and SSI under an umbrella term called “Social Security disability.” In fact, these are two separate and distinct programs.
Usually when someone refers to disability claims, they refer to a SSDI claim. SSDI is the program that works to provide lost income to workers who are covered by Social Security once they become disabled.
The other program discussed here is SSI, a program that provides financial support based on the need, not work history, of an individual. This program works be assessing the financial need and providing support according to a payment schedule.
How do you know if you’re eligible for a Social Security disability claim?
There are criteria that need to be satisfied in order for someone to be eligible for an SSD claim.
First, someone seeking an SSD claim will need to be recognized as disabled. Usually disability is the term applied when someone is unable to work due to a diagnosed medical condition.
Second, there are work requirements that must be met. This means that a person seeking an SSD claim will need to have worked in Social Security covered employment for a duration of time set by the social security administration. The specifics of this requirement vary and are dependent on multiple factors, such as age.
What should you do if you think you or a loved one may be eligible?
We recommend contacting a social security disability attorney in your area who has experience handling these claims. Our firm handles social security disability claims and has offices in Pensacola and Panama City, Florida. We are happy to discuss any potential claims an a free initial consultation.
Contact us toll free at 1-800-435-8778 or message us through our site today.