What's New in Social Security Disability?
What's New in Social Security Disability?
Thinking of Picking Up Seasonal Work? What You Need to Know About the Impact on Your Disability Benefits
Be aware of the risks to taking seasonal work if you're receiving (or applying for) Social Security disability benefits.
Disability Advocates Push New Reforms for Social Security Disability
Learn about the "Stop the Wait" campaign and other reforms sought by disability advocates to make Social Security disability benefits more accessible and equitable.
Social Security Disability and SSI for Post-COVID Syndrome
What you'll need to show Social Security to get disability benefits for long COVID.
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SSDI and SSI BasicsMore
SSDI and SSI Basics
How Does Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Work?
Here's a basic introduction to how Social Security disability works.
What Are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability Benefits?
SSI provides disability benefits for low-income disabled people who don't qualify for Social Security.
What Is the Difference Between Social Security Disability (SSDI) and SSI?
Both SSI and SSDI disability programs offer cash benefits for disabled individuals, but the financial eligibility requirements are very different.
Eligibility for SSDI or SSIMore
Eligibility for SSDI or SSI
How Do You Qualify Medically for Social Security Disability or SSI?
Here's an overview of how Social Security decides whether you are medically eligible for disability benefits.
SSDI Eligibility: Work Credits
You must pass a recent work test and a duration of work test in order to be insured for SSDI.
SSI Disability Eligibility: Income Limits
SSI is a needs-based program for low-income people who are blind, disabled, or elderly.
Social Security Denials and AppealsMore
Social Security Denials and Appeals
Social Security Disability Appeals: Reconsideration, Hearing, Council, Court
Appeals are offered to Social Security disability and SSI claimants after all levels of decisions.
What Are My Chances of Winning a Social Security Disability Appeal?
There's really no way to know what your chances will be when you file an appeal, other than the fact that your chances will generally improve...
Disability Benefits InformationMore
Disability Benefits Information
Social Security Disability Backpay (Past Due Benefits)
When you applied for disability and when your disability began dictate how much backpay you'll get.
Does Medicare or Medicaid Come with Disability?
If you're approved for disability benefits, you'll also get Medicare or Medicaid, depending on whether you receive SSDI or SSI benefits.
Medical Conditions - Eligibility for Disability BenefitsMore
Medical Conditions - Eligibility for Disability Benefits
Mental Illness and Social Security Disability
Disability applications for cognitive, emotional, psychological, and psychiatric problems are often approved on appeal.
Back Pain and Social Security Disability
Disability claims focusing on back pain often come down to whether your complaints of pain are associated with evidence of an abnormality that's likely to cause that pain.
Hiring a Disability LawyerMore
Hiring a Disability Lawyer
Do You Need a Lawyer for a Social Security Disability Appeal?
Although not required, having a Social Security Disability appeal lawyer will greatly improve your chances of winning your disability claim.
How Can I Get a Disability Lawyer for Free?
Even at legal aid offices, most disability attorneys and nonattorney advocates work on contingency.
Questions About Social Security Disability and SSI BenefitsMore
Questions About Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits
When Is a Person Considered Disabled by Social Security Disability?
For Social Security disability or SSI purposes, to be considered disabled, a person must have an impairment, either medical, psychological, or psychiatric in nature.
Social Security Disability Survey Statistics: What We Learned From Our ReadersMore
Social Security Disability Survey Statistics: What We Learned From Our Readers
Survey Statistics: Social Security Disability Approval Rates for Common Medical Conditions
Our survey shows that it’s more difficult to receive benefits for some kinds of medical problems than others.
Survey Results: How Much Does a Social Security Disability Lawyer Cost?
Even though disability attorneys’ fees are capped at $6,000, the majority of our readers told us their attorneys received less than that amount.