Orlando SSDI and SSI Lawyer

Both SSI and SSDI have a two-part test that claimants must pass to receive benefits. Although the vast majority of claimants are rejected at the initial stages of application to both, there are unique and important differences between the two types of benefits.

SSI is a need-based program and in order to receive benefits, claimants must fall under a certain threshold for assets or income. In addition, if a claimant lives with family or other individuals who contribute economically to their households, it can have an effect on their benefits. According to the Social Security Administration website:

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.

In contrast, the Social Security Administration states that:

Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are "insured," meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.

Obtaining insured status means having worked for five of the last 10 years and having paid enough into the system, which comes down to a calculation of lifetime earnings. There are no income disqualification issues in SSDI.

It is important to realize that claimants who partner with a skilled lawyer are twice as likely to obtain benefits than claimants who do not.

Kissimmee Supplemental Security Income Attorney

Regardless of injury or disability, we at The Law Office of J. Michael Matthews are committed to helping you first and foremost understand to what benefits you may be entitled to and to tirelessly bring our experience to advocate for you.

With nearly four decades of Social Security experience, there is nothing for which we are not prepared. We encourage you to reach out.

To discuss any aspect of a Florida injury/disability and/or SSI/SSDI benefits in a free initial consultation with Orlando SSDI and SSI attorney J. Michael Matthews, call 407-278-8418 or e-mail the law firm.