What does Disability Benefits mean?
Disability benefits offered by the Social Security Administration include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
SSDI is offered to disabled workers who are unable to work for at least 12 continuous months and who have worked and paid employment taxes and are considered insured for SSDI. SSI benefits are offered to the disabled, aged (65 years and older), and blind who are unable to work for at least 12 continuous months and who have very limited income and resources.
The SSA outlines very specific medical and nonmedical requirements to qualify for both programs. Neither program offers short term or partial disability benefits. Millions of Americans apply for disability benefits through the SSA every year and thousands are denied. Talk to a disability lawyer if you have questions about whether or not you might qualify for disability benefits.