When you become unable to work due to an illness, injury, or other impairment, you may qualify for benefits from the Social Security Administration. While there are many similarities between the programs, it is important to know which benefits you might qualify for. The Social Security Administration offers two types of monthly benefits  Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI).

Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability (SSD) is also known as Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB). This type of benefit is awarded to those who have recently worked and paid Social Security taxes. Awards received from this program are based on how much you have paid in during your recent work history.

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Supplemental Security Insurance

Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) benefits are awarded to those who fall within the low-income criteria set by the Social Security Administration. These criteria vary from year to year. SSI benefits are awarded based on current income and owned assets, and are not based on your actual work history.

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Qualifying for Benefits

You can receive both types of benefits if you qualify for both programs. To determine which types of benefits you may be eligible to receive speak with an attorney at Berger and Green or call the Social Security Administration. To learn more about the your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits, please contact Berger and Green at their Pittsburgh, PA law firm for a free consultation. Contact us online or call us toll free at 888-572-1164 to discuss your options regarding Social Security disability benefits.

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