The Differences Between Social Security Disability & Supplemental Security Income

Everyone is at risk of developing a disability at some point in their lives. In fact, more than 25% of adults in their 20s will become disabled before reaching retirement age.

Living with a disability can be incredibly difficult. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with expensive medical bills that are piling up after trips to the doctors or paying for necessary prescriptions. If you factor in paying for necessary items, such as groceries, rent and clothing, suddenly it can all be too much to bear.

Those with disabilities may find it hard to continue to work, and ultimately find their condition so debilitating that they must stop—effectively losing their livelihood and source of income.

Without an income or too little of an income, staying afloat can be nearly impossible. This dangerous cycle was all caused due to an illness someone likely had no control over.

But, what options do you have? If you or a family member has a disability, are there resources that you can apply for to help during this difficult time?

You May Be Eligible for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income

The Social Security Administration has two different programs to help serve disabled people, The Social Security Disability program (SSD) and the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI). Both programs are created to help Americans who have developed disabilities.

Although their acronyms are similar and easily confused with one another, there are many differences that are important to understand to help decide which program is available to you.

In our infographic, discover the main differences and learn which program you can apply for.



Simplify the Process and Obtain Benefits by Partnering with a Skilled Lawyer

The application process can be complicated and confusing, and when facing challenges of having a disability, timing is important.

An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer can listen to you, help you determine which program is right for you, and guide you through the entire process. Partnering with a skilled disability benefits lawyer can help make the process easier for you and improve your chances of being awarded benefits, ensuring you can focus on your health.

Need Social Security Disability Benefits? We Can Help.

If you are disabled and unable to work, call Disability Attorneys of Michigan for a free confidential consultation. We’ll let you know if we can help you get a monthly check and help you determine if any money or assets you receive could impact your eligibility for disability benefits.

Disability Attorneys of Michigan works hard every day helping the disabled of Michigan seek the Social Security Disability benefits they need. If you are unable to work due to a physical, mental or cognitive impairment, call Disability Attorneys of Michigan now for a free consultation at 800-949- 2900.

Let Michigan’s experienced disability law firm help you get the benefits you deserve.

Disability Attorneys of Michigan, Compassionate Excellence.


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