Types of Social Security Benefits

Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Feb 19, 2013 in Social Security Disability

elderly couple writing on a piece of paperSocial Security benefits are given to disabled individuals who meet specific eligibility qualifications.  The process of receiving Social Security benefits can be difficult and oftentimes, deserving individuals are wrongfully denied compensation because they did not properly apply for benefits.  Those who file for Social Security Disability benefits with the help of a Social Security attorney are more likely to receive the compensation they deserve.

Social Security benefits can be separated into four categories, each with different eligibility requirements.  These categories are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Disabled Widows and Widowers benefits, Disabled Adult Child benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 

For help filing a Social Security Disability claim or to appeal disability benefits that was wrongfully denied, contact our Social Security lawyers by filling out our online contact form for a Free Case Evaluation form or calling 1 (855) 722-2552.

Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (or SSDI benefits) are awarded to individuals who have become injured and have been employed five of the last 10 years.  Different eligibility rules apply to injured individuals under the age of 31 as they generally have not been in the work force as long.  Generally, SSDI benefits are paid if the disabled individual has worked long enough and has paid Social Security taxes.

Disabled Widows and Widowers Benefits

If a worker passes away, benefits may be available to a disabled widow, widower or surviving divorced spouse through Disabled Widows and Widowers Social Security benefits.  In order for a disabled widow or widower to receive benefits, they must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 50 and 60
  • Condition must meet the definition of disability for adults
  • Disability must have started before or within seven years of their spouse’s death

Disabled Adult Child Benefits

If an adult has become disabled before the age of 22, they may be eligible to receive “child’s benefits.”  Child’s benefits are paid based on a parent’s Social Security earnings record.  An adult may qualify for Disabled Adult Child benefits if their parents are either deceased or are currently collecting Social Security Disability or retirement benefits.

Supplemental Security Income Benefits

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are intended to help aged, blind and disabled individuals with little or no income afford basic items such as food, clothing and shelter.  SSI benefits differ from other types of Social Security Disability benefits in that they are based on financial need rather than work history.

Florida Social Security Benefits Lawyers

Living with a disability is a challenge.  The last thing that you want to worry about is fighting with the Social Security Administration over benefits that you rightfully deserve and require to lead a normal life.  At Gordon & Partners , we believe that you have a right to financial assistance when you are unable to work due to a disability.  If your Social Security Disability claim has been rejected or if you would like more information on types of Social Security benefits, please complete our online contact form for a free and confidential case evaluation from one of our Social Security lawyers.

For a FREE, no-obligation review of your claim, call us at 1 (855) 722-2552 or complete a Free Case Evaluation form to reach us online

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