If you can’t work, it doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be awarded Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a huge government agency that uses a complex system to determine who deserves benefits. You will only win benefits if you meet the SSA’s strict definition of “disabled.”
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There are two types of Social Security benefits: SSDI and SSI.
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you if you meet three criteria:
Supplement Security Income (SSI) pays benefits to you if you meet certain criteria:
Under Social Security’s rules, you’re only determined to be disabled if a physical or mental condition is expected to keep you from work for one full year (or result in death). Your disability can be physical, mental or a combination of conditions.
If you can’t work, it’s important that you keep regular medical appointments and get enough medical evidence to prove your case to the Social Security Administration.
For the most part, Social Security considers you disabled if: