Hello, I’m Bob Holub with the Virginia disability law firm of Geraty, Holub & MacQueen, PLC.
One issue that we can encounter that is not adequately explained to claimants for Social Security disability is the difference between the types of disability benefits.
There two types, one is based on your work history and that one is called disability insurance benefits.
To qualify you have to have worked enough in the last ten years prior to your disability application, and the amount of money that you have paid into the Social Security system based on your work determines how much you will receive for Social Security disability insurance benefits.
The other benefit is called supplemental security income, or SSI.
That benefit is not based on work rather it’s based on household income and need, and folks who have not been eligible for disability insurance benefits may be eligible through income for SSI if they are determined to be medically disabled.
This is a confusing area and I encourage you to call at us 855-282-7243 or visit our website so that we can give you a free consultation to answer this and other questions about your case.