How do I know if I qualify for SSDI?

The Social Security Administration used to send out a letter titled the “Social Security Statement.” This statement would inform people about whether or not they qualified for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, as well as the estimated amount of money they would receive if they were to be awarded benefits immediately. This letter is rarely sent out today.

Today, you can easily and immediately access your Social Security Statement by visiting To complete the process, you will want to click the following: online services > get your social security statement > view your Social Security Statement online > create an account.

Creating an account is simple and only takes 5 to 10 minutes. The website will ask a few security questions and have you set up a username and password. Once you have done this, you can view your Social Security Statement.


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When viewing your statement, you will want to look for (1) your PIA (Primary Insurance Amount) and (2) whether or not you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The PIA tells you the amount of money you would receive per month if you were to be awarded benefits immediately. The statement will also tell you whether or not you have a sufficient number of quarters of coverage to qualify for SSDI.

If you have sufficient quarters of coverage and are interested in starting a claim now, our Utah-based attorneys will walk you through the process and help you avoid the pitfalls of the claims process. If you do not qualify, you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To set up a free consultation to learn more about your options and rights, contact the Summit Disability Law Group at (801) 845-0056.