There are several different types of Social Security Disability benefits. The primary two are Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (commonly shortened to SSD, SSDI, or DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). We are commonly asked whether the claimant should file for SSD, SSI, or both.
I hate to say this, but the answer depends on your circumstances. There are several differences between Social Security Disability and SSI. Those who do not have enough work credits and have limited income, assets, and resources should apply for SSI. Anyone who has worked long enough to earn enough work credits (quarters of coverage) should apply for Social Security disability. But remember that many people may qualify under both benefits programs. You should contact a lawyer who handles Social Security disability cases or contact Social Security directly to see what benefits you may qualify for.