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Discussing the difference between SSI and SSDI

The Social Security Administration has two distinct programs geared towards providing financial relief to disabled Americans who qualify. Before we go into the differences, the two primary factors remain the same. The condition must be serious enough to prevent you from maintaining gainful employment, and the condition must last at least a year or be expected to end in death.

The disability itself can take many forms. Serious injuries such as a brain or neck injury, a serious illness such as heart disease or cancer, or even a mental condition such as depression or anxiety attacks are all qualifying conditions for these two programs. In fact, even conditions not listed may still qualify, if it can be proven that the disability is severe enough to prevent you from working.

Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, is a program funded by payroll taxes and is available for workers who have paid into the program. The Supplemental Security Insurance, or SSI, program is available for Americans who have not paid into the SSDI and who fall under minimum income and assets requirements. It is also available for the blind and for minor children who suffer from serious disabilities.

If you believe you may qualify for either of these two Social Security Disability programs, you may want to reach out to a law firm familiar with Social Security Disability to discuss your situation and see whether you qualify. It is difficult enough having to live through your disability. Having a team at your side to help you along the way may well be the difference between having your application approved or denied.

Source: FindLaw, "What is the Difference Between SSDI and SSI?" Accessed on Jan. 17, 2017

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