Social Security Disability

Understanding The Basics Of Social Security Disability

Understanding the basics of Social Security disability programs can help you in determining which of these government benefits are available with your specific situation. These programs can be local, state or federal and they can provide assistance to people anywhere in the United States.

Social Security disability programs for adults are available to anyone that is 18 years of age or older. These can include SSD or Social Security Disability benefits as well as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Each of these programs has specific criteria that must be met for a person to get benefits. This criteria is the same regardless of where you live when you apply.

How to Apply for Social Security Disability

Medical Issues

Adults in any state that are unable to work due to a long term injury or illness can qualify for Social Security disability or Supplemental Security Income provided they can prove they have a medical issue that meets the eligibility requirements. This information is provided through doctor’s records and may include written statements from your doctor.

SSI has a financial need requirement. People cannot have assets over a specific amount, nor can they have income from other sources over a specific amount to qualify. For Social Security disability you must prove you cannot work for a period of at least one year and that you currently are not able to work at a substantial Gainful Activity level or at SGA levels.

Social Security Disability Evaluation