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What is the Difference between Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?

Social Security benefits provide income to people who cannot work. Both Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are designed to provide income to people who cannot work because they are disabled.

The key difference between Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is this: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are provided to people who have developed a disability that is likely to last at least 12 months, preventing them from working, while

Filling out a form in front of a laptopSocial Security Income (SSI) benefits are intended to help support those who are disabled and have a low income and have never been able to work (or have not worked long enough to qualify for SSDI benefits).

There are many criteria that must be met in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. You must start by showing that you have a severe, medically determinable impairment that is expected to result in an inability to work for more than 12 continuous months or that will result in death. A number of factors will be considered to make this determination. You must also have been working a certain amount of time in order to qualify for these benefits.

If you have never worked, or if you have not worked long enough to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you may be able to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To receive these benefits, you must also show that you are disabled and unable to work, and you must meet criteria showing that you have a low income. For more information, check out the Social Security Administration’s guidelines (https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/).

North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you are disabled and unable to work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. However, if you have applied for benefits and have been denied, a North Carolina Social Security disability lawyer may be able to help you. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case. We have a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law who may be able to help you get the benefits you may need.