Social Security Provides Benefits for Disabled CaliforniansBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on July 3, 2012 | In Social Security Disability
California residents with disabilities may qualify for benefits from the federal Social Security Administration (SSA) in two ways. The SSA provides both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Although these programs are different in many ways, they both make benefits available to qualifying individuals in California and other states who have disabilities.
Social Security Disability Insurance is paid from Social Security funds. As a result, adults are typically required to have worked and paid into Social Security for a minimum number of years in order to qualify for benefits. However, children and young adults who are disabled before age 22 may qualify for SSDI benefits even if they have not worked or paid into Social Security. The amount of benefits available under SSDI often depends on how much you have contributed to Social Security in the past.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is administered by the SSA, but it is paid from U.S. Treasury funds, not from the Social Security fund. As a result, you don’t have to have paid into Social Security in order to qualify for SSI benefits. SSI benefits are based primarily on income. If you’re disabled and have little income or other assets, you may qualify for SSI.
The process of getting disability benefits can seem overwhelming, especially when you’re already struggling to adjust your daily life to your disabilities. That’s why at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office, our experienced California social security disability benefits attorneys are here to help you with every step of the application process. To learn more, call us today at (800) 438-7734 for a free case evaluation.