If you have a work history but have become disabled to the point where you can no longer support yourself through employment, you may be entitled to receive monthly Social Security disability (SSD) insurance benefits.
SSD insurance benefits are the lynch pin of the Social Security disability system. Employees and their employers pay into the Social Security system through payroll taxes, and in return, they are entitled to benefits if they become disabled.
This program is sometimes referred to as SSDI (for Social Security Disability Insurance) or DIB (for disability insurance benefits). All of these terms refer to the same program. In order to be eligible for benefits on your employment record, you need to meet the following criteria:
Many people think of Social Security disability benefits as a kind of welfare and are reluctant to apply for them for that reason. But Social Security disability is not a government handout. It is an insurance program for people with a work history.
The money you have paid over the years in Social Security taxes entitles you to insurance against long-term disability, just as if you signed up with a private insurance company.
At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, we represent clients in Buffalo New York who are seeking Social Security disability benefits. Contact us today to set a up a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.