The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you if you meet three criteria:
You are disabled,
As of the date you became disabled, you must have worked under Social Security at least five of the last 10 years, and
You have earned enough work credits by paying Social Security taxes.
Supplement Security Income (SSI) pays benefits to you if you meet certain criteria:
You are disabled, and
You meet the financial qualifications (you don't have too much income or too many assets).
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 12 months (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 documentation to prove your case to Social Security.
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