There are two government programs that provide monetary support to disabled people. The first is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is an insurance program that the disabled person paid into during their employment.
Employers also pay into this trust account. You can only get benefits through this program if you paid into the trust account. Another eligibility requirement for SSDI is that you have a significant illness or impairment that will last at least a year. Common conditions that entitle people to SSDI benefits include the following:
- The loss of a limb
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spine disorders
- Muscular dystrophy
The second program is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This program provides income for those who qualify even if they have not paid into the trust account or have not paid into the trust account for a long time. You may work and receive SSI so long as your income does not exceed a certain amount, which varies by state.
According to the Social Security Administration, more than 60 percent of disability applicants get denied. Our attorneys can help you determine for which program or programs you may be eligible and assist you with questions or concerns you may have regarding either SSDI or SSI.