What is the Meaning of “Disabled”?
There are two types of Social Security Benefits: SSDI and SSI.
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you meet three criteria:
- You are disabled,
- You have earned enough work credits through Social Security taxes, and
- As of the date you became disabled, you must have worked under Social Security at least 5 of the last 10 years.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program for disabled adults who have limited income and resources.
Under the rules set forth by Social Security, you’re considered disabled if your medical condition or injury is expected to keep you from working for at least one full year (or result in death). Your disability can be a physical condition, a mental condition, or a combination of a variety of conditions.
If you can’t work, you need to schedule regular medical appointments so you have enough medical evidence to prove your case to Social Security.
In general, Social Security considers you disabled if:
- You can no longer do work that you did before;
- You can’t adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
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