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FAQs About Social Security Disability
What Is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and How Does It Work?
Disabled workers with a qualifying work history are eligible for SSDI benefits. The Social Security Agency has strict definitions of disability related to the severity of the condition and how it affects your loved one's ability to work.
The average SSDI beneficiaries received in 2022 was $1,358 and may rise to $1,483 in 2023. The current maximum for SSDI is approximately $3,345 based on work credits. Contact a Social Security Disability lawyer with our firm to learn more about what SSDI benefits for which your loved one might qualify.
What Is the Difference Between SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
SSDI requires a work history to qualify, unlike Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which benefits low-income people without a qualifying work history who also do not have many assets.
Your loved one may qualify to apply for both SSDI and SSI if they have the necessary work credits and have limited assets and income. At our Social Security Disability law firm, we strive to help our clients qualify for the maximum benefits possible. Contact us for a free consultation with a Social Security Disability attorney in Central Florida.
How Will Your Loved One Qualify for SSDI?
Certain conditions, such as ALS, may automatically qualify an applicant for SSDI benefits. Otherwise, applicants must qualify for SSDI under certain conditions, including:
- Not currently working or earning less than $1,350 per month
- The severity of the condition that impedes their ability to work
- The condition appearing on the Social Security list of disabling medical conditions
- Inability to perform the same work as before their disability
- Inability to perform other work
If your loved one qualifies for SSDI benefits, an SSD attorney with our firm can help your family file an optimized application, organize your documentation, and submit an appeal for a rejection.
How Long Does It Take to Receive SSDI Benefits?
Beneficiaries must wait six months from the date the disability began to begin receiving SSDI benefits. Additionally, it could take the SSA three to five months to process the application. Some applications fall under the SSA's Compassionate Allowances (CAL) classification, and they will expedite review.