Social Security disability benefits—whether paid through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)—exist to provide people with medical conditions that make them unable to work. These benefits are vital for the well-being of individuals with disabilities. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration is notoriously strict when it comes to qualifying for benefits, requiring applicants to rigorously prove that they are unable to work due to a medical condition lasting at least one year. Whether you are a new Social Security applicant or are working towards a reconsideration, Drew L. Johnson, P.C., Attorneys at Law has the Social Security attorneys Eugene, OR depends on and we will help you get the benefits you need.
Social Security disability benefits are paid out of two different programs: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). So what’s the difference? SSI provides basic financial assistance for low-income individuals who are either 1) over age 65, 2) disabled, or 3) blind. SSDI, on the other hand, is available to disabled individuals of any age who have an established work history. SSDI benefits are typically larger than SSI benefits and are based on your work history. It is possible to receive both SSDI and SSI.