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What is Social Security Disability?

The Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income Disability (SSDI) programs are Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. The programs are different in certain ways, but both are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). In order to qualify, an individual must have a disability and meet certain medical requirements in order to qualify for either program.

SSD pays benefits if you qualify and have worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. Both you and certain members of your family will qualify for SSD benefits. SSDI pays benefits based on financial need if you have a disability. Our law firm handles SSD and SSDI cases on behalf of our clients and we can assist you in qualifying, applying and appealing (if necessary) your application with SSA.

If you are a Federal employee, you may qualify for Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is different than SSD and SSDI as described above. Unlike SSD and SSDI which are administered by the SSA, FERS is administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The requirements for Federal Disability Retirement is not as restrictive as SSD and SSDI.

Applying for federal disability retirement is significantly different than applying for disability with the SSA. While there can be overlap (our clients frequently apply with SSA and OPM), they have different standards, different procedures and different benefits. To learn more about FERS, continue reading the resources on this web site or contact us for a free consultation.