SSDI & SSI: How Are They Different?

Clients come to Pamela Thomas Jones, P.C., with questions on applying for disability. Many consultations start with, "What is SSDI and SSI?" They need information to better educate themselves on the process of securing disability benefits and alleviate some of the anxiety that makes the pain and suffering of an injury, illness or mental condition worse.

What Is Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are both disability programs governed by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

  • Qualifying for SSDI means that you meet the Social Security Administration's definition of a disability and you contributed enough for FICA/Social Security taxes recently and over a certain amount of time. Although some exceptions exist, the general rule is to work and pay in to Social Security for five out of the last 10 years.
  • SSI requires an income below state limits and accounts for living arrangements, specifically others residing in your home. FICA contributions are not taken into account. Claimants do not need recent earnings or any for that matter.

While our website will provide you with basic information, it cannot address your specific needs and goals related to an SSDI or SSI application and appeal. At Pamela Thomas Jones, P.C., we do not employ a cookie cutter approach. Each client is welcomed into our office and spends time with our attorney to map out the most effective strategy based on his or her specific issues. From there, Georgia attorney Pamela Thomas Jones personalizes the next steps and remains at your side until your case is resolved.

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For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced Gilmer County disability claims lawyer, please visit our contact page or call us at 706-389-9454.