Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal insurance program that pays benefits to aged, blind, or disabled workers who have contributed to the Social Security program through payroll taxes and acquired the necessary number of work “credits.”

Who is Eligible

  • Aged/retired, blind or disabled persons. To qualify, an individual must earn Social Security credits by working a job and paying social security taxes.
  • Spouses, minor children, and adult children with disabilities that occurred before age 22 may be eligible for cash benefits if a qualified worker retires, becomes disabled, or dies.

Why Apply

Provides qualified persons with cash benefits.

To Apply For

  • Apply online here;
  • Call (800) 772-1213; or
  • In person at a local office. Check www.ssa.gov for a list of office locations.
  • Note: If the initial application is denied, Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children may be able to assist with an appeal.

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What you need to apply:

  • Your Social Security number;
  • Your birth or baptismal certificate;
  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of the doctors, caseworkers, hospitals, and clinics that took care of you, and dates of your visits;
  • Names and dosage of all the medicine you take;
  • Medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics, and caseworkers that you already have in your possession;
  • Laboratory and test results;
  • A summary of where you worked and the kind of work you did; and
  • A copy of your most recent W-2 Form (Wage and Tax Statement) or, if you are self-employed, your federal tax return for the past year.

Links to Important Resources

Learn more about SSDI here.


Topics: Social Security Disability
Last updated August 15, 2017

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