Social Security’s Disability Insurance Benefits are federally funded and administered by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). Social Security pays disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that prevents you from working for at least 12 months or is expected to end in death.
Studies show that a 20-year-old worker has a 1-in-4 chance of becoming disabled before reaching full retirement age.
If you are a disabled worker and you’re unable to perform substantial gainful activity to support yourself financially, you may qualify for SSDI. To receive benefits under the Social Security Administration’s disability program, however, you must meet the criteria established by the federal government.