A: The answer depends on many factors, such as the nature of the disability, prior work history, impairments and ability to perform any work. Only a qualified, experienced social security disability lawyer will be able to assess the situation and offer advice on how to proceed. The following answer is for information only.
The Social Security Administration or SSA oversees two kinds of disability benefits: social security disability insurance and social security income. These are two different types of benefits, based on the person or claimant’s work history and financial resources. In a nutshell, SSDI is for claimants with enough work history/credit who have paid into the social security fund. SSI is for claimants with very little income or resources.
The SSA has a very specific definition of disability and applies a 5 step sequential analysis to determine if a claimant meets its definition of disability. SSA regulations are quite complex and it is best to speak to a qualified social security disability lawyer.
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Published: May 10, 2012