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Social Security Disability: SSDI Vs. SSI

Last updated 2 years ago

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.

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. 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 older
  • 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.

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. Call us today at (888) 774-9695.


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