Did you know there are different types of Social Security disability benefits? The main two types of disability are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

To be eligible for SSDI you must have worked and paid FICA taxes for 20 out of the past 40 quarters or 5 out of the past 10 years. For SSDI how much you draw each month depends on how much you have worked and paid into the Social Security system. You can apply for SSDI online at the Social Security Administration’s website at www.ssa.gov.

Your eligibility for SSI disability benefits depends on how many are in your household and what the household income and resources are. Generally, if you are eligible for SNAP (Food Stamps) you are eligible to apply for SSI benefits. For SSI how much you draw each month depends on how much other income is coming into the household that month. The monthly check you receive can change from month to month. You can complete part of the application for SSI benefits online, but a paper application must also be filed. The Social Security Administration or my office can help you with the paper part of your SSI application.

If you are interested in finding out what type of Social Security benefits you may qualify for, please feel free to call my office at 865-602-2255 or 1-800-275-8888. You may also reach me at KJernigan@karenjernigan.com or click on the Free Case Evaluation tab at the top of this page or the Free Case Evaluation button on each page.