In the United States, we have two large federal programs that provide financial
assistance to people with disabilities. These programs are the Social
Security Disability program and the Supplemental Security Income program.
These programs are NOT the same, however, they do have something in common
– they are both administered by the Social Security Administration.
In order for someone to qualify for either program, they must have a medical
condition that meets the SSA’s definition of a “disability,”
and they must meet specific medical criteria in order to receive benefits
under either of the programs. Let’s take a closer look at the two programs:
Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability program is for people who are unable to work because they have a medical
condition that’s either expected to last at least one year, or it
will result in death.
Federal law has a very strict definition of disability; if the individual
can engage in “lighter” or “modified” work activities,
then they probably won’t fit the SSA’s definition of disability.
In order for someone to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits,
they must have worked long enough in jobs that paid into the system (depends
on the applicant’s age and work record). If the individual meets
the first requirement, then the SSA has to determine that they are “disabled.”
Generally, the SSA pays people disability benefits if they are physically
incapable of working for one year or more, or when they have a serious
medical condition that will result in death. The individual’s disability
must be so serious, that they are not able to work at all, considering
the worker’s age, education level and work experience.
Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income program is a federal income supplement program that is
not funded by Social Security taxes. Instead, the funds come from general
The SSI program helps blind, elderly, and disabled individuals who have
very little or no income. The SSI program helps these individuals pay
for the basic necessities of life, such as food, clothing, and a place to live.
If you would like to learn more about these two federal programs, we invite you to
contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC to schedule a consultation with a
Dallas Social Security Disability Lawyer.