Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that pays monthly benefits to persons over age 65, and blind or severely disabled adults and children who meet income eligibility requirements. SSI is controlled by the Social Security Administration, but is financed by the general tax fund. For that reason, eligibility is based solely on financial need and disability.
The SSI requirements for eligibility are based on financial need including your living arrangements, and permanent disability. Financial need takes into account your resources (the value of your assets, e.g., cash savings, equity, real estate) and your income (the money you receive from wages, pensions, and other assistance programs). According to the Social Security Administration, an individual is considered permanently disabled if these requirements are met:
- You cannot do work that you did before
- You cannot adjust to other work due to your medical condition
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or result in death
The primary fact that the SSA considers to assess your claim is whether, due to your medical condition, you are unable to work a full time job and why not? You need to nail this point to win your claim. While the law permits individuals to file for SSI on their own, statistics indicate that about 70% of claims are denied initially and that persons who have the assistance of an attorney throughout the entire process have a significantly improved chance at earlier success. We are extremely familiar with the laws that govern SSI and are ready to actively assist you in proving to the SSA that you truly are unable to work a full time job.
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If you believe that you meet the necessary criteria, please reach out to an experienced attorney today. At Disability Action Advocates, we have 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of individuals to receive federal benefits. Due to our expertise, experience and aggressive approach, we are proud to say that we have won thousands of cases for our clients and look forward to the possibility of helping you as well.