Social Security Disability Insurance benefits can make a big difference in someone’s life. However, not everyone with a serious medical condition can qualify for benefits. The SSDI system is complicated, so claimants may have many questions about applying and receiving benefits. Let’s look at some Social Security Disability Insurance FAQs:
Is there a list of conditions that qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance?
Yes, a list of impairments appears on the Social Security website. However, some of the categories are very broad and not every eligible medical condition is listed.
What kind of documents do I need to submit with my application?
You can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits online. You will also have to provide documents like:
- Proof of birth,
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal alien status,
- Military discharge papers if you served before 1968,
- Proof of work history, such as W-2 forms or self-employment tax returns,
- An adult disability report,
- Medical records currently in your possession, including doctors’ reports and test results, and
- Records showing any workers’ compensation benefits you received.
Is SSDI the same as SSI?
No, though both programs operate under the Social Security Administration. SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. This benefit is provided to qualified disabled workers based on work credits they have accumulated. SSI is short for Supplemental Security Income, which is provided to disabled, elderly, or blind individuals with low income, regardless of work history.
I’ve never had a job. Can I still get Social Security Disability Insurance benefits?
Probably not, at least not based on your work history. To receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, an applicant must have accumulated a certain number of work credits. At least some of the work credits must have occurred in the 10 years prior to the onset of the applicant’s disability. It may be possible to receive benefits from a spouse or parent.
One last question:
Where Can I Get Help with my Social Security Disability Insurance Claim?
Maybe you or a loved one need to apply for SSDI benefits, but you don’t know where to turn. Your case will receive the attention and care of experienced Social Security Disability attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. We assist clients throughout Southern California from our home office in Anaheim