The Differences between SSDI and SSI

Pittsburgh Social Security Disability Lawyer

Many people think Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are one and the same. In fact, these programs serve very different needs. One similarity between the two programs is that you typically have a better chance of obtaining benefits if you hire an attorney to help prepare your claim. Attorney Jennifer Modell of Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., has helped men, women and children across the state obtain the disability benefits they are entitled to receive.

What Each Program Is Intended For

SSDI is intended for people with disabilities who are unable to work for a period of at least 12 months. According to the Social Security Administration, SSI is intended for aged, blind or disabled people with limited or no income.

How Your Eligibility for Each Program Is Determined:

Proving eligibility for SSDI is based on two factors. First, you must prove that you have a qualifying disability that will prevent you from working for 12 months or longer. There are any number of disabilities and illnesses that can prevent a person from working. The SSA, however, will require medical proof before agreeing to your benefits. Our law firm has been instrumental in helping individuals put forth a complete, persuasive account to show how they are no longer able to work.

Second, you must show that you have worked for a sufficient period of time. Your work credits are based on how much you have paid in FICA taxes. If you have not worked for a sufficiently long period of time, you may still qualify for SSI.

SSI is based on financial need. Therefore, in order to qualify for SSI, you must demonstrate that you have limited income and resources.

Contact Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C.

To learn more about the differences between SSDI and SSI, or to discuss your rights under the law, call our firm today. We offer a free initial consultation. Call 412-567-1232 if you live in Pittsburgh or Western Pennsylvania or toll free at 866-466-5789. You may also complete our online contact form.