When Americans suffer a mental or physical health condition that prevents them from working, they may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. But before applying, applicants should know that there are several different types of Social Security Disability benefits. Understanding who is eligible for each type can help you determine the types of benefits you may be able to receive.
Social Security Disability benefits are paid to roughly 60 million Americans who have been unable to work for longer than a year. These individuals have also paid into the program long enough to qualify for these benefits.
If you’re currently receiving Social Security Disability benefits, your child may also qualify for children’s benefits. The Social Security Administration outlines the requirements and coverage on their website.
Supplemental Security Income
Even if you don’t qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income. These benefits are paid to citizens who have limited resources for income. Some of the conditions that can qualify for these benefits include being over age 65 or suffering from vision impairment or another type of disability.
The staff at Ponce Law suggests speaking with a Social Security Disability lawyer about your case prior to filing a claim. Doing so can help ensure your questions are answered and your case is filed in the proper manner.