Social Security Disability (SSD) is part of the Social Security system in the United States which is run by the Social Security Administration. A person who becomes disabled may qualify for benefits under this system. Although SSD is part of the Social Security Administration, it is not the same as Supplement Security Income (SSI) or the old age retirement system. SSD is for when a person becomes disabled.
Many people are unaware that when money is taken from their paycheck and sent to Social Security, a portion of it goes to Social Security Disability. Essentially, it is a long-term disability policy that you have paid for, through your Social Security taxes. It is a way for people to collect their Social Security early – before retirement – in the case where they are disabled and unable to work.
Following are links to frequently asked questions that you may have regarding Social Security Disability:
- Do I have to be disabled permanently to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
- Can I get SSD if I have not gone to the doctor?
- How can I afford an attorney to work on my SSD or SSI case if I am not working and cannot pay?
- What is the difference between SSD and SSI?
- What are typical steps in a SSD or SSI claim?
- Do I receive any medical benefits if I win?
- What happens if I recover from my disability and try to go back to work?
- What types of medical problems are severe enough to get disability?
- Can children and young adults receive SSD or SSI?
- Do I have to quit working totally before applying for SSD or SSI benefits?