Types of Disability Benefits in RI: Title 2 & Title 16

Title 2: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a type of benefit which you have earned through taxes paid on your earnings. A person’s benefit amount is determined by the amount paid in either through self-employment taxes or payroll contributions. Generally, if you have paid into SSDI for the last 5 years, you are eligible for benefits as long as you are proven disabled prior to your date last insured.

Title 16: Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Unlike SSDI, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) has income and resource limits for eligibility. The big difference between the two programs is that the amount of the SSDI benefit will be based upon the amount of your contributions. For SSI, the amount is fixed and generally goes up each year.

Regardless of which benefit you claim, the medical requirements are almost identical. The Social Security Disability Lawyers at Green & Greenberg can assist you with both SSDI and SSI claims.