Social Security Disability FAQ
Providing Answers to Your SSD & SSI Questions
At Todd Disability Law, we strive to provide our clients with valuable information to empower them as they navigate the Social Security disability (SSD) system. We understand that the process of recovered SSD benefits can be confusing, and there’s a good chance that you have some questions. As such, we’ve compiled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
A: The main difference between SSD and SSI is that SSD benefits are paid based on Social Security taxes, whereas SSI benefits are paid out from the National Treasury. In other words, in order to qualify for SSD, you need to have earned a certain amount of income on which you paid Social Security taxes. You do not need to have paid Social Security taxes to qualify for SSI, which is why SSI is often the right choice for those whose disabilities have always prevented them from working.
A: The CAL program is designed to reduce the waiting time to receive benefits for applicants who have a disability that clearly meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of a “disability.” Typically, CAL is for individuals who have very serious conditions, such as brain disorders, cancer, or rare debilitating diseases. The program allows the SSA to quickly identify applicants who are qualified for benefits so that they can begin receiving those benefits sooner.