A Federal Program That Supplements Your Earnings

As the name would imply, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program designed to enhance your earnings. This program shares the disability requirements of Social Security Disability benefits, but does not include the employment requirements.

At the law office of William N. Benjamin, Jr. Attorney at Law, we have extensive experience guiding clients through the process of receiving government benefits based on disability.

The Main Difference Between SSI And SSDI

Both SSI and SSDI are federal programs specifically designed to provide financial assistance to Americans with disabilities. These disabilities can be either physical or mental in nature, and an experienced lawyer can provide clear answers to complex questions. To be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, you need to have paid into the program while working. If you have paid into the benefits program, you are eligible to receive benefits if you have a qualifying disability.

Conversely, SSI is available to individuals who have not paid into the SSD system. Additionally, SSI can be available to individuals who have limited means and do not qualify for SSDI. It is also important to remember that SSI benefits are available to individuals who are 65 and older whether they are disabled or not.

The Social Security Administration's impairment list is comprehensive, including cardiovascular conditions, musculoskeletal problems, respiratory illnesses and neurological disorders. Schedule a consultation at our Nashville office to discuss your specific condition and learn more about your options for benefits through the SSI program.