According to the SSA website…

The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.

The simple explanation is this: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) was created to pay you and certain members of your family monthly benefits should you become disabled and unable to work. Whereas, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a welfare program to assist the elderly and disabled regardless of work history and pays benefits based on financial need.

It’s important to know: While Social Security Disability Insurance was created to protect American workers, that does not mean it is as simple as filing a form and getting a check mailed to your door each month. There are many steps to filing with the SSA, lots of hoops to jump through, and any number of places you can “trip up” and have yourclaim rejected.

Interesting trivia: The very first Social Security payment was made to Ernest Ackerman, who retired just one day after theprogram began. He paid in 5 cents from his paycheck and received a payout of 17 cents. (That should help should you ever find yourself a contestant on Jeopardy!)

For help with filing a SSDI or SSI claim contact the Hartwig Law Firm at (508)732-8989 today.