Difference Between SSD and SSI

Even if you have been denied SSD or SSI initially, do not give up. Having to appeal your SSD or SSI claim is not uncommon and should not stop you from trying. Our attorneys at Dugan & Associates, P.C., can help make this process as efficient as possible. With comprehensive knowledge of the law and more than 50 years of combined experience, our SSD and SSI lawyers can help you determine if you are eligible for benefits, and under which Social Security program.

Call 412-353-3572 or toll free 888-9-9-D-U-G-A-N, or contact us online to arrange a free consultation.

SSD or SSI — What Benefits Are You Eligible For?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two separate government programs that provide disability benefits to individuals who are classified as disabled and are incapable of earning a living due to their disability. There are similarities and differences between the two programs.

Social Security Disability (SSD):

  • Individuals must be considered disabled by the SSA in order to be eligible for SSD
  • Individuals must have contributed sufficient Social Security taxes in recent years in order to be eligible for SSD
  • Eligible individuals may receive monthly disability income benefits, which are typically higher than SSI monthly income benefits
  • Disabled widows/widowers who are over 50 (and not remarried) may be eligible for monthly disability income benefits
  • Disabled children may be eligible for monthly disability income benefits if they became totally disabled before they turn 22
  • Individuals who are eligible for SSD are also often eligible for Medicare benefits

Supplemental Security Income (SSI):

  • Individuals must be considered disabled by the SSA in order to be eligible for SSI
  • Individuals must meet income and resources requirements (low income and assets) in order to be eligible for SSI
  • Contributions to the Social Security fund are not relevant in SSI eligibility determinations
  • Eligible individuals may receive monthly income benefits
  • Individuals who are eligible for SSI are also often eligible for Medicaid benefits and other government benefits

Experienced Pittsburgh Disability Attorneys

Disability law is complex. Mistakes made in your application or inadequate information detailing the scope of your disability can lead to disability benefit denial. It is important to consult with an experienced SSD and SSI attorney who can guide you through the process. Our Pittsburgh disability lawyers have the knowledge, experience and skill to provide the effective counsel you need, whether you are seeking disability benefits through SSD or SSI.

Call for a free consultation: 412-353-3572 or 888-9-9-D-U-G-A-N, or you may contact us online to arrange an appointment.