The Social Security Administration offers certain types of support for individuals who are unable to work due to a medical condition. There are two different financial aid programs through the SSA, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. SSDI/SSI is an option for applicants who have a certain history of paying into the system. Eligible California applicants may benefit from an understanding of how SSDI/SSI works.
Options for disabled individuals
The SSDI/SSI program is available to certain qualified individuals who are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition or mental disorder. For someone who is unable to earn an income due to his or her condition, this program offers monthly financial support. To be eligible for SSDI/SSI benefits, one must have a disability that is severe enough to keep him or her from working for at least one year or is expected to result in his or her death.
The amount of benefits a California recipient could expect through the SSDI/SSI program depends on his or her work history and other factors. The average SSDI/SSI payment is approximately $1,400 per month. There are certain circumstances in which the spouse and children of a disabled individual may also be eligible for benefits.
Seeking rightful support
The process of applying for disability benefits through the SSDI/SSI program can be complex and sometimes confusing. An applicant will benefit from having experienced legal counsel at every step of the process, starting with an understanding of eligibility requirements. The assistance of an attorney is also useful in the event of a denied claim or other setback.