Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two very distinct benefits programs available through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Their only similarity is that they share a singular end goal: to provide relief for people who struggle to survive because of a disability. For this reason, it is even possible to secure “concurrent SSD and SSDI benefits” with the right approach. However, to do so, you must be able to first prove that you qualify for both.
Qualifying For SSD
To qualify for the SSD benefits you need, you must be able to prove with concrete evidence that you suffer from a serious physical or mental disability that limits your abilities to maintain gainful employment for a minimum of one year. The Social Security Administration (SSA) currently maintains a strict list of qualifying disabilities and standards for approval that applicants must meet to qualify. You will also have to make sure you have sufficient work credits to apply.
Qualifying For SSI
Qualifying for SSI benefits is not any easier than trying to secure SSD benefits. In addition to the standard disability requirements all applicants must meet, there are also income limits to qualify for SSI since it is a need-based program. Because of this, qualifying for both SSD and SSI at the same time can be especially tricky.
Why You Should Apply For SSD & SSI
There are numerous reasons a person might want to apply for both SSD and SSI benefits. One of the most common reasons is SSD’s typical 5-month waiting period. While beneficiaries are without the assistance they need for longer than they are able to survive, SSI benefits can help significantly. Getting approved for SSI can reduce a ton of financial anxiety and provide much-needed support in the meantime.
Do You Qualify For SSD/SSI?
The hands-down best way to determine if you qualify for SSD, SSI, or both, is to find the time to connect with experienced attorneys, like our Social Security disability attorneys at Aiello Law Group, to discuss your case. Our advice won’t even cost you a thing in advance. Our attorneys will carefully review your case, including all relevant medical data, financial records, and other evidence, to see what benefits, if any, you qualify for. Then, we will walk you step-by-step through your application submission process until you earn approval for the support you need and deserve.
We encourage anyone with questions about receiving SSD and SSI benefits at the same time to get in touch with Aiello Law Group as soon as possible. Call us, today, at 313.964.4900 or fill out the form in the sidebar or on our contact page, and learn more about how we can help you.