Published on: September 29, 2016
Life is full of challenges, and they often happen at the most inconvenient times in your life. They tend to occur when you are in the middle of a financial lull or are financially unprepared to handle them.
The Social Security Administration was designed to protect you against some of the challenges you may face in life.
This government organization serves the disabled and senior citizens with programs, including:
- Social Security Disability Insurance
- Supplemental Security Income
Social Security Disability and Lifes Challenges
The SSA programs listed above are made possible through taxes and are available for those who meet a certain financial tier or are unable to financially provide for themselves.
However, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) works a little differently in comparison to SSA Retirement, SSI etc.
SSDI functions similar to an insurance program as its name indicates. It is paid out to those who have paid into it via a payroll tax and is based on a number of factors including how many work credits you’ve earned over a specific time frame etc.
So, why does SSDI protect you against lifes challenges? If you are injured or suffer from a medically disabling condition, as listed in the SSA Blue Book, you may find yourself unable to perform your work tasks or even daily tasks.
This is why SSDI protects you. It is a financial back-up that you have been paying into for times like such as that.
Applying for Social Security Disability
The SSA doesn’t automatically pay you SSDI benefits; you have to apply for them. There are a few different ways which you can do so, including online, over the phone and in person. However, their process has been known to be a bit complex and littered with SSA jargon.
So, you may find it beneficial to hire an experienced and professional disability advocate to ensure you have the necessary medical documentation available and are on the right track to getting the benefits you need and deserve.