Expert Orlando Supplement Security Income Attorneys
Walking You Through the Application Process
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that provides financial assistance to aged, blind, or disabled individuals. The purpose of SSI is to provide income to be used for necessities such as food and shelter to those who do not meet the requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
Unlike SSDI, which requires paying into the Social Security system through with withholdings or deposits from previous employment in order to be eligible for benefits, SSI is funded through general Treasury revenue. This means that work history is not a requirement for SSI eligibility; instead, SSI benefits are awarded on an as-needed basis.
Talk with our Orlando SSI lawyers to see if you quality—call us today at (855) 375-9959.
How to Qualify for SSI Benefits
While the requirements for SSI eligibility may seem fairly straightforward, the truth is that the majority of applicants are initially denied benefits for various reasons.
General SSI eligibility requires that applicants be:
- The age of 65 or older
- Blind - 20/200 or vision or less, or have a visual range limited to 20 degrees with corrective measures in their best eye; or
- Disabled - A physical or mental impairment that prevents the applicant from performing meaningful work, and will likely result in death, or has or is expected to last at least 12 months
Additionally, they must have:
- Limited income – Applicant's monthly income should not exceed an amount defined by the SSA (amount varies depending on location and marital status).
- Limited resources – The SSA will consider the resources available to applicants that may be converted to cash or to obtain food or shelter. The total value of an applicant’s resources must be below a set limit to be eligible for SSI benefits.
- US Citizenship – Applicants should be US Citizens, nationals, or qualified non-citizens. Certain residency requirements also apply.
Should you be denied, you may appeal the decision, but that may take months to process through the court system, and even then you may be denied a second time. Those who need assistance immediately cannot afford to place their fate in the hands of the SSA. Hiring an experienced Orlando Supplemental Security Income attorney who knows what the SSA is looking for can help you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to as quickly as possible.
Call (855) 375-9959 to Schedule an Initial Consultation
The Trial Professionals, P.A. have years of experience in handling SSI claims and know how to avoid the common mistakes that lead to claim denials. We will help you through the entire process to ensure that your claim in handled correctly from day one.
Your Orlando SSI lawyer will gather evidence, collect documentation, catalogue income and resources, fill out applications, and do whatever else is necessary to prove that you are in need of assistance and to avoid denials. If you are denied, we will examine the reasons why and collect further evidence or witnesses to strengthen and prove your case.
Do not place the fate of your claim in the hands of the SSA; contact the aggressive team at The Trial Professionals P.A. today: (855) 375-9959.