Disability law is a complicated and misunderstood area of law. It’s also important to know that there are many different kinds of disabilities, each with its own set of rules and regulations. In this article, we’ll explore the three most common types of disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Workers’ Compensation for injuries sustained on the job.

Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program that provides monthly benefits to disabled people who have worked and paid Social Security taxes. If you are unable to work because of your disability, SSDI will pay your Medicare premiums and other costs of living while you’re on the program.

The application process for SSDI can be confusing if you don’t know what questions to ask or how to fill out the paperwork correctly. Our team has helped thousands of clients with their SSA applications over the years–and we’d love nothing more than to help yours! We’ll walk you through each step along your path toward receiving disability benefits from SSDI so that when all is said and done, you’ll be able to move forward confidently in life again!


The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is a Federal benefit paid to people who are disabled and unable to work. Benefits are based on your income and resources, not your age or health status. If you qualify for SSDI benefits, SSA will pay your monthly checks until you reach retirement age or die–whichever comes first!

To be eligible for SSDI benefits:

  • You must have worked at least 12 months in the past 12 calendar months before receiving a claim as an applicant or recipient;
  • Your last full-time job must have paid wages that were $1 above the minimum wage (or if it didn’t pay wages then it “should” have); and
  • Both of these requirements must be met for you to receive payments from SSA (even if they weren’t met).

SSI Disability

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a federal financial assistance program that provides income support to individuals who are disabled, blind, or aged 65 or older. As with many government programs, SSI eligibility is based on income and resources, not disability status alone.

The SSI disability determination process involves three phases: The screening phase (the most common time for people who apply for SSI benefits), the Determination phase (the most common time for people who have applied for benefits in the past but do not meet all of the requirements of their initial application) and Appeals phase (for those who disagree with how their application was handled).

Workers’ Compensation

The Workers’ Compensation Act is a law that provides benefits to injured workers who are unable to work because of injury or illness. The law provides compensation for lost wages, medical care, and other expenses related to the injury or illness.

To file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits:

  • Contact your local Department of Labor and Industry office;
  • If you have already filed your claim and have not received a determination from the department yet, call them at 800-415-5220;
  • You can also visit their website at https://www1.dolweb.state.mn/wc_appl_site/index_01_02181__012110598053__012311160418__fromtheweb_.html

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides financial assistance to people with disabilities. It’s a means-tested program, meaning it’s available only to those who are eligible and apply for it. To qualify for SSI benefits, you must meet two criteria:

  • You must be age 65 or older;
  • You must be blind or have a disability that prevents you from working at least 20 hours per week.


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Disability law is a specialized area of law, and it’s growing. If you’re interested in this field, it’s important to learn more about what it entails and how it can help you.

Disability law deals with the rights of people with disabilities and their families. These laws cover issues like employment discrimination, housing discrimination, and access to public accommodations (like restaurants). They also cover many other areas such as educational opportunities for children with special needs or adults who are blind or deaf/hard of hearing (HOH).


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