SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) vs SSI

Determining eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a complex process. Requirements differ between the two, and, in some cases, a person might even qualify for one or the other in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.

Seeking the counsel of experienced attorneys is to your benefit, as whether or not you have knowledgeable legal counsel on your side can ultimately make or break your case. Even if you have been denied before, we can ensure your application is completed according to the strict requirements of the Social Security Administration. With 11 convenient offices throughout Pennsylvania, we can assist you on a contingency basis anywhere in the state.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Vs. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Understanding the difference between SSDI and SSI is critical to the success of your case. While some may use the two terms interchangeably, it is imperative to understand the distinctions between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. The application process for each goes through the Social Security Administration, but differences in eligibility will demand different approaches for a successful application.

SSDI is available to injured workers who have earned sufficient credits based on taxable work income paid into Social Security. People eligible to receive benefits include:

  • Blind or disabled workers and their children
  • Widowers
  • Adults who have been disabled since childhood

Monthly disability benefits are based on the Social Security earnings of the insured worker over a lifetime.

SSI is supplemental income for people with limited income and whose personal assets are within the requirements for eligibility, including:

  • People age 65 or younger
  • Disabled or blind adults
  • Disabled or blind children

Even if you collect Medicaid, you may be eligible for SSI benefits. We can also help you apply for Medicaid.

  • Monthly payment varies up to the maximum federal benefit rate
  • U.S. citizens, nationals and certain categories of aliens are eligible for SSI benefits

While applying for SSDI or SSI can be an intimating process, it’s best to begin the application as soon as possible. Don’t wait for Medicare benefits to kick in if you have been injured. Get the compensation that you and your family need now.

Speak With One Of Our SSDI Lawyers

At Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo, we handle all cases on a contingency basis. Our Philadelphia SSDI and SSI lawyers can help you pursue your disability claim with efficiency and effectiveness. To schedule a free initial consultation, email us or call us at 215-310-0001 or toll-free at 877-794-2396.

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