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Common Questions About SSDI (I)

Below are some questions that people often have about Social Security Disability Insurance. The answers are general and should not be taken as legal advice.

Can I apply for SSDI?

Social Security Disability benefits are available for people who: 1) Have a disability that is expected to last at least one year or is terminal; 2) Cannot work due to the disability; and 3) Have worked in jobs that are covered by SSDI for a number of years.

You do not have to have a permanent disability to apply for SSDI, but your disability must meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability.

How long does it take to be approved for SSDI?

The SSDI process is complicated and can take months, even years. Some applications will be accepted at the initial stage (which can take 2-4 months), but many more will need to go through one, two or three rounds of appeal. Reconsideration, which is the first round of appeal, can take 3-4 months, and it may be a year or more between reconsideration and your hearing with an Administrative Law Judge, the second round of appeal. No matter how long it takes, though, it is important not to give up - if you have a disability that falls under the SSA classifications, you are entitled to benefits.

How much SSDI will I receive?

The amount of money you receive through the Social Security Disability Insurance program will depend on how much you paid into Social Security over the years. The number is specific, and you may request it from the Social Security Administration.

What is the difference between SSI and SSDI?

SSDI is available for people who have worked for a significant amount of time in a job that pays into Social Security. SSI, on the other hand, is available for people who have limited resources. Some people may qualify for both SSDI and SSI.

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