CA Disability Advocates
11500 W. Olympic Blvd. #400
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Tel: (310) 867-1229
Title II or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays benefits to individuals who are insured (have earned enough points) under the Act, as well as to certain disabled dependents of insured individuals. Title XVI or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays benefits to individuals (including children under age 18) who are disabled and have limited income and resources.
For all individuals applying for disability benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and for adults applying under Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the definition of disability is the same. The law defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which has/have lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
Under the Social Security disability insurance program (title II of the Act), there are three basic categories of individuals who can qualify for benefits on the basis of disability:
Under Title XVI, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), there are two basic categories under which a financially needy person can get payments based on disability:
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) will only pay benefits to those who are unable to work for a year or more because of a physical or mental disability. In order to receive these benefits, you must prove that you are disabled or suffering from a medical impairment(s). Under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) regulations, disability is based on your inability to work. You are considered disabled if you cannot perform the work that you performed before, and if you are unable to adjust to other types of work because of your medical condition(s).
There are many medical impairments and conditions for which Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income claimants seek benefits:
We recommend you file your Social Security Disability claim as soon as possible if you suffer from any of the above illnesses and you are unable to work during the next 12 months. The process of applying for Social Security Dissability can be confusing and stressful. We can help you file your initial application and guide you through the process step-by-step.
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