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Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Requirements for Disability

Applications for disability

Tips and Advice for Disability Claims

How long does Disability take?

Winning Disability Benefits

Common Mistakes after a Denial

Mental Disability Benefits

Denials for Disability

Appeals for denied claims

Disability Benefits from SSA

SSI Benefits

Child Disability Benefits

Qualifications and How to Qualify

Working and Disability

Disability Awards and Notices

Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys

Social Security List of Conditions

What Social Security considers disabling

Medical Evidence and Disability

Filing for Disability Benefits

Eligibility for Disability Benefits

SSD SSI Definitions

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I was wondering if I should apply for SSI or SSDI?

I was wondering if I should apply for SSI or SSDI? My husband gets a retirement benefit of $1224. My child gets adult benefit SSDI under her dad's record of $621. We all live together. I don't have any work credit because I have never worked.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer and have a golf ball tumor on my chest. I'm currently doing chemo to shrink it, then surgery and radiation afterward. I currently have gold card. If I apply for social security, how is my husband's or daughter's benefit affected by me getting SSI or SSDI and vice versa?

What should I do or apply for? Just want know before I start the process.

Unfortunately, you would not qualify for SSDI because you have not worked. You need a minimum number of work credits to qualify for Social Security Disability.

In all likelihood, you are not entitled to the need-based SSI disability program because of your spouse's income, i.e. your husband's retirement benefit is too high for you to qualify. At this point, it does not appearl that you have any options with regard to disability through Social Security.

I am sorry I do not have better information to give you. I hope your treatment goes well.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Will I get an increase in my SSI check?
SSDI Request for Reconsideration
Getting approved for disability based on being blind
Is Chronic Fatigue considered a disability by Social Security?
What happens after you request a disability hearing?
Filing for disability and financial help
Getting approved after a Social Security Disability Psychological exam
How long does it take to receive disability benefits after you are approved?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Criteria to Qualify
Who qualifies for disability? - Qualifying is based on evidence of functional limitations
Medical Disability Requirements for SSD and SSI
The non-medical Disability Requirements for SSD and SSI
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply for?
What are the Social Security Disability, SSI Requirements For How Disabled You Have to Be?
What types of information is Social Security Disability looking for?
Proving Functional Limitations and why this is Important on a Disability Case
Applying for Disability - Rules and Requirements when you Apply