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Can I apply for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits more than once?

Millions of Social Security payments are issued every month, but can you claim disability benefits more than once?

How Social Security benefits are calculated
Kevin DietschAFP

Every month, the Social Security Administration issues millions of payments to programme beneficiaries, most of whom are retired workers, or people with any disability, which can be part of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Differences between SSI and SSDI

The main difference between SSI and SSDI is that the former offers basic financial assistance to adults 65 years of age or older or people with disabilities, regardless of their age, as long as they have limited resources; while the second category includes those who have not reached full retirement age, but due to some disability and due to their good work history, can apply for the benefit early.

In other words, SSI recipients get the benefit without having to have worked, while SSDI recipients should have paid the corresponding taxes while they were working.

How and where to apply for SSDI benefits

Any person who is able to demonstrate a serious or total disability that causes any type of impediment to work can apply for the aid, as long as they have paid the necessary Social Security taxes during their lifetime work.

If you think you meet these requirements, you can apply online through the SSA website or by calling 800-772-1213. You must have on hand the documents that prove your disability as well as your work history.

The selection process can take more than six months.

Can I apply for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits more than once?

If the application is approved, the beneficiaries cannot submit another one to receive a double payment. However, if the application is rejected, the interested parties can request the benefits more than once until the application is approved.

Although submitting the application a second time may be an option, experts on the subject also recommend considering filing an appeal, depending on each person’s situation. If the appeal is approved, up to 12 months of retroactive payments can be earned.


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