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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program run by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that provides monetary support to workers with disabilities. In order to understand SSDI, we have provided answers to some of the commonly asked questions we receive below.

Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability?

To receive SSDI benefits, you must have a work history and must have paid into the Social Security system through your taxes. To qualify as disabled, you must have an injury, illness, or medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Additionally, your disability must affect your ability to continue working. If you are unable to work, if you have a qualifying disability, and if you have contributed enough to the Social Security system, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

When Are Benefits Received?

If you qualify for benefits, your SSDI payments will come monthly. Your medical condition may be assessed periodically for changes. Benefits can be discontinued because of medical improvement, a return to the workforce, or when retirement benefits begin.

Is Social Security Disability the Same as Supplemental Security Income?

No. Both programs are administered through the Social Security Administration, but they have different eligibility criteria. While SSDI is based on your work history, your payment into the program, and your disability, supplemental security income (SSI) is based on your income level, your resources, and your disability.

How Do I Know If I Qualify for Social Security Disability?

Social Security disability is a complicated program, and many initial applications are denied on technicalities. Accordingly, it is important to know whether your unique circumstances qualify you for Social Security disability benefits. A board certified disability attorney can help you determine whether you are eligible and can help you file a successful application if you are entitled to Social Security disability benefits. To learn more about your rights and about whether you qualify for Social Security disability, please contact us today via this website or by phone.

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by Paul B. Burkhalter
Managing Partner of Morgan Weisbrod , Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.


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