Social Security Disability Insurance

As defined by the Social Security Administration, whenever a person sustains a disability as a result of a physical or mental injury, illness or condition, such person may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or SSDI.

Helping secure the basic rights of workers

The term “disability” under SSA guidelines means that one cannot perform the work he/she did before the disability and no reasonable changes in the work environment can be made to accommodate the employee. Such a disability must also be expected to last at least one year or to result in death.

One can receive MA SSDI benefits up until the age of 65. Once one reaches age 65, then he/she is switched automatically to retirement benefits. In addition to the disabled person, certain members of his/her family may also qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are NOT government handouts. They are paid for from the weekly wages of all working people in the United States. It is your right to submit a social security disability claim and to use these social security disability benefits.

The package of Social Security disability benefits includes monthly cash payments (in proportion to the wages earned by the claimant as determined by the federal government) as well as medical assistance. This is in addition to any workers’ compensation benefits or personal injury protection benefits that may also be available. However, such disability benefits will be “coordinated.”


  • Cardiovascular disease (heart attack and strokes)
  • Hernias
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Low back and neck injuries or conditions
  • Shoulder injuries or conditions
  • Knee injuries or conditions