Two types of Social Security disability benefits are available to disabled Americans: Social Security Disability insurance benefits and Supplemental Security Income.
Oregon Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSDI benefits are available to individuals who have worked and paid into the Social Security benefit system prior to becoming disabled. The amount of benefits provided varies depending on an individual’s earnings history. Further, the definition of ‘disability’ varies depending on the individual’s age. For example, for a person under 50 to be considered disabled, that person’s limitations must prevent him from performing substantial gainful activity (earning roughly $1,000 per month). To contrast, a person over 60 would be found disabled if that person, due to his limitations, was simply unable to perform work he could previously do within the last 15 years. A person is eligible for SSDI benefits even if he has income through non-work means.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI benefits are available to any individual who cannot work due to disability. A person is eligible for SSI benefits without ever having paid into the Social Security system. SSI benefits are income-based; a person cannot receive SSI benefits if he has outside sources of income. The definition of ‘disability’ is the same for both programs.
Filing a successful SSDI or SSI claim takes time and often requires a dedicated legal representative. Because Moore & Jensen attorneys have over 30 years of experience helping Oregonians obtain Oregon Disability benefits, we are well-equipped to fight for your benefits claim. If you have filed a Social Security claim or have questions regarding Social Security disability law, please contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation.