Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) is a disability insurance program run by the Social Security Administration.  People are eligible for SSDI if they are disabled and they have worked in the past.  The amount of the SSDI monthly payment is higher for people who worked longer and had a higher salary.  SSDI is similar to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, except that SSI provides a fixed amount per month, and people who have not worked in the past can be eligible for SSI.

We provide legal advice to clients who have problems with SSDI benefits.  However, we do not appeal denials of SSDI benefits.  If you want to appeal a denial of SSDI benefits, please contact the Lawyer Referral and Information Service at 215-238-6333.

How to get help with SSDI

The following departments at PLA provide legal assistance with SSDI:

Intake Procedure:

Applicants may call the telephone intake line, except that applicants whose legal problem is SSI need to apply through Community Legal Services (CLS).  For the intake hours at CLS, see the SSI page of CLS's web site.

Applicants may also apply online (for legal problems other than SSI).

Self-Help Resources

Assistance with applying for public benefits, UC, and EITC

If you need help applying for public benefits, unemployment compensation, or the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), free help is available from the City of Philadelphia.  You can get one-on-one counseling from BenePhilly over the phone or in person.

The toll-free number for BenePhilly is 844-848-4376.  You can also walk in to one of six BenePhilly Centers.