Workers' Compensation Questions Answered: What Social Security Disability Benefits Are Available?
October 14, 2011
The Social Security Administration administers two (2) disability programs: Disability Insurance benefits and Supplemental Security Income.
Social Security Disability is an early retirement program for seriously disabled workers who have been contributing to the Social Security Fund. It is not necessary for the disability to be related to employment for you to be eligible for benefits. If you are eligible, you will receive monthly benefits after a five-month waiting period. After two (2) years of receiving such benefits, Medicare coverage is available.
You are entitled to Social Security Disability benefits if you are suffering from a physical or mental condition that prevents performance of any substantial gainful work and the condition is expected to last or has lasted for at least twelve (12) months, or is expected to result in death.
Supplemental Security Income is available to persons who have not made sufficient contribution to the Social Security system to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits. The same disability test is applicable, but in addition, you must demonstrate that you have only minimal liquid asset.
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