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Social Security Disability & Supplemental Security Income

Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability benefits are awarded to those who are able to prove that a medical condition prevents them from working, and is expected to last for at least a year or result in death.

In order to qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have worked – and paid into Social Security – long enough and recently enough to qualify. SSDI benefits can also provide for the spouses and children of disabled workers.

The problem for many applicants is that the Social Security Administration uses very strict rules to determine if you qualify for benefits. Benefits are only paid to those that have a severe medical condition that limits their ability to do basic work activities, such as walking, sitting, and remembering. That condition must be expected to continue for at least one year or to result in death. The agency then measures the condition, or impairment, against a list of “allowed” impairments, as defined by the agency.

Does that sound complicated? It is! The good news is that, when you are represented by Hartwig Law Firm, you are working with an attorney who understands every detail of the process. We are here to help you, regardless of where you are in the disability process, from initial application through the hearing stage and beyond.

Supplemental Security Income

Another type of benefits can be sought if you are 65 or older, blind or disabled, and have limited income and resources. These are called Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

Like SSDI benefits, SSI benefits require an applicant to demonstrate that, because of a medical condition that is expected to last a year or result in death, he or she is unable to work. The system is set to provide benefits quickly to those applicants who are suffering from serious conditions that meet the standards of “disability” under the program. But unlike SSDI benefits, SSI benefits are not based on your work history; SSI benefits are available for individuals who meet the standard of disability and certain financial criteria. If you have limited means and are suffering from a condition or disease that makes it impossible to work, you may be entitled to SSI benefits.

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