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When you are in debt, it's good to know that disability benefits are not treated like ordinary income for the purposes of debt collection. Specifically, Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) and SSI disability payments enjoy some protection from creditors, but SSDI can be taken to pay certain types of debts. On the other hand, some types of debts can be forgiven if you become disabled. Social Security disability benefits are also given special treatment in bankruptcy cases.