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Are you eligible and know what you need for the process of application for social security disability?

Social Security Disability Insurance, also known as SSDI, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are government initiatives that support people with disabilities.

Whether you are looking to apply for yourself or a family member, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before.

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Check them below:

Who can apply for the SSDI?

Do you:

  • Have a medical condition diagnosed by a doctor?
  • Worked the last couples of years?
  • Paid your taxes?

If you answered yes to the three questions above, you may be eligible for the programs!

The number of years worked to be eligible for the programs changes accordingly to the age of the disabled and when he/she started working.

You can find the exact information for the years and credits here.

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Important: It is essential to state that the program is only offered for those who have total disabilities, partial or short-term ones are not covered!

Application for Social Security Disability
Application for Social Security Disability

The insurances understand that if you are disabled for less than a year you should have other means of providing for your families, such as investments or emergency funds.

What disabilities do SSDI and SSI insure?

The program considers disabled the ones who:

  • Cannot work for the period of at least a year or longer.
  • Is unable of having a paying job because of their medical conditions.

The program provides a list with all the disabilities they ensure, so check the list before applying.

In case your disability isn’t on the list, you can still apply and go to the next step!

Which is proof that the disability you have forbids you from doing the work you used to do.

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Special rules might be applied in cases of blindness, widow or widowers, children with disabilities, or veterans.

How can I fill my application for social security disability?

Firstly, you will need to create a my social security account;

Secondly, gather all the documents and information you will need (here’s a checklist)

And lastly, here’s the link with the blue button that says: “Apply for Disability“.

What amount will I receive?

The insurance will depend upon the time you worked and your current age!

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And it will also vary yearly according to the economy of the country.

A mail will be sent to your house informing if you were granted or not. In cases of being denied, you have the right to appeal.

Every year you will need to report to the SSDI and keep proofing your need to receive the insurance from the government.

Now you know the basics of what you need for your application for social security disability!

Check out the official website where all the information can be found!