What You Need to Know about Qualifying for Disability Benefits

Published on: August 11, 2016

Qualifying for Disability BenefitsThe Social Security Administration has been known to have complex and detailed processes when it comes to applying and continuing to receive disability.

There are two types of disability benefits you may qualify for, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI); while they have two main differences, as described below, the applicant must have a medically disabling condition that inhibits them from performing daily work tasks.

SSDI Benefits

SSDI parallels a typical insurance program being that the applying recipient will have paid into it via a special payroll tax. Your work credits and work history will assist in determining your SSDI benefit amount.

SSI Benefits

SSI benefits are available to those who are senior citizens, over 65 years of age, or to those who are blind or suffer from another disability and who don’t have sustainable income or property.

For someone to qualify for SSI benefits, they would need to meet a specific financial standard. The basic benefit amount for those who do qualify for SSI is the same and is independent of their work history and work credits earned.

If you need help applying for disability in Florida, contact a professional and experienced advocate today!


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