Do you know the difference between SSI and SSDI benefits?  There is a difference, and you need to be familiar with each program when you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits.  Massachusetts based Keefe Disability Law explains in this video the critical differences between these two programs.

SSI is different than SSDI in two very important ways.  In order to apply for SSI, you have to be needy or have a modest income.  Even a certain income level or amount of assets, regardless of how sick you are, may disqualify you from receiving SSI benefits.  However, if you have some level of income or assets and if you have worked about five of the last ten years, then SSDI is for you.  SSDI is for workers who have paid into the system.  When a worker has been paying premiums on this insurance over the years, they may qualify to receive disability insurance. 

If you are applying for SSI or SSDI in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire or Rhode Island, consider calling Keefe Disability Law to speak with a skilled lawyer to increase your chances of receiving disability benefits.  Call us today at 888-904-6847 for a free legal consultation, and we will determine if SSDI or SSI is right for you. You can also visit our website to view our frequently asked questions and other helpful resources.

John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer