Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

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