Social Security Disability | SSI Benefits
Applying for Social Security disability benefits could be the solution to your financial struggles, if you are unable to work due to physical or mental disability. Social Security disability benefits are provided by the federal government for disabled persons who are in financial need. There are two forms of benefits under the Social Security disability program – Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are for those who have worked in the past and have paid enough Social Security tax to qualify. If you have never been able to work due to disability, or your disability has prevented you from being able to hold steady employment, you would not qualify for SSDI benefits. Supplemental Security Income (SSI), however, may be available to you.
What are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits?
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are for those people who have not held a job or paid enough Social Security tax to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. These funds are pooled by the federal government from general tax monies and are not generated by Social Security tax. They are available to any person that meets a certain income threshold and can prove they suffer from a disability that prevents them from working.
Who qualifies for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits?
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is designed to help elderly, blind, or disabled people who are unable to work and have little or no income. This can include anyone with a disability, including children who are disabled or adults who became disabled during their childhood. Under Social Security law, the person applying for disability benefits must prove their impairments prevent them from being able to perform any type of work for a period of at least twelve (12) months. These SSI benefits are designed to help provide the basic necessities of life (food, shelter, and clothing) to disabled persons that demonstrate a financial need. In order to qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, your income must be below a certain amount and you must prove that you are unable to work.
Am I entitled to SSI benefits if I am already receiving other disability benefits, such as workers’ compensation?
You may still qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits even if you are currently receiving disability benefits from another source. The SSI benefit amount you receive, however, will most likely be offset because you are receiving other disability benefits.
I’ve been denied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. What do I do now?
If you are denied Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you should not be discouraged. The odds that you would be awarded SSI benefits after your first application are low. Applications are often denied simply due to incomplete information. Most disabled persons must appeal their decision of the Social Security Administration and request their case be heard in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). If your Supplemental Security Income application is denied, you have sixty (60) days from the date of your denial letter to file an appeal or reconsideration. It is very important that an appeal or request for reconsideration is filed within that sixty (60) day timeframe.
The experienced SSI attorneys at the Law Offices of Bergman & Yiangou will help assess your claim to disability benefits to help determine if an appeal is necessary. In addition, our attorneys will help you properly prepare for your social security disability appeals hearing. We strive to professionally represent your SSI case and alleviate the headaches and stress that the many complicated forms can cause. Call Bergman & Yiangou today to discuss your Social Security Disability benefits – 614/279-8276.