SSDI benefits are determined by the amount that someone has paid into the system. SSI is a set amount of monthly income which can be affected by any income and/or assets that the individual who is applying for benefits have as well as their spouse.
SSI is designed for those who do not have a work history. SSDI is designed for those who have a work history and are no longer able to maintain full-time employment. SSI helps those who may have been disabled since they were children, teens, individuals who have not paid enough into the system, and/or individuals who have little to no income or assets.
Also, If you are unable to work and are approved for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits but are not entitled to Supplemental Social Security (SSI) benefits, you do not get paid for the first (5) full months after you become disabled.
Social Security also has non-medical requirement which must be met before your medical records will be evaluated. These non-medical requirements can be found on the Social Security disability website at https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/disability/qualify.html.
With Social Security, you can also be entitled to a closed period of time, if you were off work for a period of at least a year and have been receiving ongoing doctor’s care during this time, you may be entitled to a closed period of Social Security disability payments. Even if you have another job now, you still might be entitled a back amount from Social Security for the period when you were unable to work, if you qualify.
Also, please keep in mind, If you are currently receiving unemployment while trying to obtain Social Security disability benefits and you go to a hearing in front of a Judge, he or she may take into account the fact that you received unemployment while trying to obtain benefits from Social Security. When someone applies for Social Security disability benefits you are indicating that you are unable to work. When you are receiving unemployment benefits you are indicating that you can work and are actively looking for work. Although there is nothing in the law right now indicating that people who obtain unemployment benefits while trying to also obtain Social Security benefits will be denied, we need you to be aware that by doing this you may be denied by the Judge at your Social Security hearing or the Judge may subtract your past due benefits with how much you received in unemployment benefits.
We at Art Gage Law understand, that the majority of people who find themselves in a situation that they become unable to work as a result of a disability, do not quite understand how the Social Security disability system works. Therefore, we strive to work with our clients to support them, explain this complicated process, help file claims, appeal denied benefits, appear before administrative law judges, and appeal unfavorable decision to the Appeals Council when necessary.
Additionally, we handle your paperwork, requesting and submitting your medical records, filing deadlines, and communicating with the Social Security Administration (SSA).