Our experienced Arkansas Social Security Disability Lawyers know that Social Security is a program of the Federal Government designed to provide monthly payments to a disabled individual. If you are under age 65 and unable to work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. If an injury or illness prevents you from returning to your job, you may qualify for monthly Social Security Disability payments. There are two programs that people can qualify under – Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Social Security Disability Insurance
(SSD) benefits program. Social Security Disability insurance benefits are available for individuals who have worked long enough in recent years, paid Social Security taxes and are now disabled. The amount of the payment you receive is based upon your income while you were able to work.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits program.
Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need. Supplemental Security Income benefits are paid to individuals who are poor and disabled. SSI does not consider whether the applicant has worked in the past.
Qualifying for Social Security Disability
You must also be totally disabled, or, in the words of the applicable statute, “incapable of engaging in substantial gainful employment.” If there is any job which you are capable of performing and the job is available in sufficient numbers in the area in which you live, you do not qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. The medical requirements for Social Security Disability payments are the same under both programs for most people. The process for proof is the same for a disabled worker.