Social Security Disability
For those who are disabled by an injury or an illness or medical condition and can no longer work, the Social Security Administration offers help. Social Security offers two different programs to help the disabled with cash benefits. These programs are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Beyond providing cash to the disabled, these programs have very little in common.
SSD & SSDI Basics
In general, the goal of disability insurance is to replace a portion of a worker’s income should illness or disability prevent him or her from working. Read the articles below to learn more about the federal Social Security disability programs.
If you think you’d like to apply for disability benefits, you’ll first need to determine if you’d qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both.
As you consider your injury or disease, you will want to know if it is on the Social Security Disability List of Impairments, compiled by the SSA. Certainly, it makes life easier if it is, but it does not mean you cannot claim SSDI if it isn’t. If your condition is listed, it just makes it easier to file a disability claim, even if there are still no guarantees.
Hiring a Lawyer
If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition that is hindering your ability to work, you may be wondering about the Social Security Disability application process. Perhaps you have already taken the steps necessary to get the ball rolling. Regardless of where you are in the process, enlisting the help of an experienced Social Security Attorney or Disability Advocate is always a good idea.