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Social Security FAQ from Louisiana Attorneys

Frequently Asked Questions


Who Qualifies for Social Security (SSI)?

The Social Security program is designed for individuals with very limited income and assets and is not based on work history.

What Are The Income Requirements for SSI?

To meet the SSI income requirements, an individual must have less than $2,000 in assets (or $3,000 for a couple), as well as a very limited income.

Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits? (SSID)

There are two main sections of criteria to be qualified for Social Security Disability benefits:

  • You must have worked long enough in jobs covered by Social Security to become eligible, usually around 10 years.
  • You must have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability.

What Is the Definition of Disability?

Social Security pays only for total disability, meaning that no benefits are payable for partial or short-term disability. Disability is based on your inability to work, meaning:

  • You cannot work
  • You cannot adjust to working due to a medical condition; AND
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year, or to result in death

I Have More Questions


We encourage you to give our law team a call to discuss your particular case options. We would love to answer any further questions you may have about disability and Social Security options. We look forward to helping you on your journey.

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