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What’s The Difference Between SSDI And SSI?

Simply put, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides financial compensation for those who have a substantial work history, but who cannot work for at least a year because of an injury or debilitating medical condition. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides benefits to children with qualifying disabilities or disabled adults who have little to no work history and limited resources to otherwise support themselves.

Determining whether you qualify for SSDI or SSI can be done on your own, but many find the help of an experienced lawyer not only helpful, but also critical to obtaining benefits. Attorney Mike Gertner has more than 35 years of experience handling SSDI and SSI claims. Together with his excellent team, he can put this experience to work in helping you secure the benefits you need.

“When discussing your case in private [Mike] tells it like it is, he does not sugar coat anything, or promise something that he knows he cannot deliver. I felt totally confident putting my disability case in his hands…” —A disability client

Who Is SSI For?

Disabled adults with limited financial resources may be eligible for SSI. Generally speaking, qualifying for SSI as an adult is the same as qualifying for SSDI with two notable exceptions:

  1. A prior work requirement is not necessary.
  2. The person must meet the income restrictions the SSA has placed on SSI eligibility.

There are some instances where you may be eligible for both SSDI and SSI benefits, but these situations are rare and very fact-specific.

Helping You Secure Disability Benefits

At the Law Office of Mike Gertner, we seek to help you obtain the benefits needed to support yourself and your family. To learn more, contact us at 614-463-9393 or 877-772-1011 toll free to schedule a free initial consultation with Mike Gertner. From our office in Columbus, we represent individuals throughout Central Ohio.