Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays benefits based on financial need. To qualify for Title XVI SSI benefits, you must be disable and your financial resources cannot exceed a certain maximum amount. The asset limitation is $2,000.00 per individual and $3,000.00 per couple. However, there is no requirement that you had been working for any particular period of time before you became disabled.
To be disabled for SSI benefits, you must not only be unable to do your normal work, but be unable to do any other work on a full-time basis that exists in the national economy for at least 12 consecutive months. To determine whether you are disabled, the Social Security Administration looks at your age, educational background, prior work experience and limitations caused by your medically determined impairments and compares all of this to the mental and physical requirements of all jobs that exist in the national economy.
As soon as you become sick or injured and are no longer able to work full time, you may apply at any Social Security office or online. Reimer Law Office PC LLO can help you file your Supplemental Security claim online.
SSI benefits will not begin until the first day of the month after you file your claim if you are found to be disabled as of the date that you file your claim. Therefore, you should apply as soon as your disability begins so you can start receiving checks after your waiting period ends.
What If My SSI Gets Denied?
You have 60 days to file an appeal after the Social Security Administration informs you that your claim has been denied. When your claim is denied for the first time, you request a “reconsideration” of the denial of your claim.
When a reconsideration is requested, an individual at the Social Security Administration who did not participate in making the decision to deny your initial application for benefits reviews your file. All of the evidence that was considered when the original decision was made to deny your claim and any additional evidence that has been submitted since the first denial of your claim is reviewed. Generally, most of the reconsideration decisions involve a review of your entire file without you being present and without any kind of a hearing.
We will file your appeal at no charge before you hire us to handle your case. With over 68 years of combined experience, we know the best way to handle your claim.
Why Should I Appeal My SSI Denial?
After the reconsideration of your claim, if the Social Security Administration again denies your claim, you may request a hearing. This hearing will be conducted by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and you will be able to tell your story about what is going on in your life.
Your attorney will have the opportunity to present evidence and explain to the judge why you believe that you are disabled and entitled to receive social security benefits. Also, your attorney has the right to review all of the documents in the file that the Social Security Administration has created and provide new information and evidence at the hearing.
The judge will ask you questions and will listen carefully to what you have to say and will thoroughly consider how your pain, fatigue, shortness of breath and psychological problems affect you if they are reasonably related to your medically determined impairments.
Further, your attorney will also have the opportunity to make arguments to the judge about how the evidence should be construed and why the judge should find that you are disabled and entitled to full social security benefits. This step is where your case has its best chance to be successful.
We Can Help You Find Out If You Qualify
When you file a claim for Supplemental Security Income, you must meet certain income requirements. To qualify for Title XVI SSI benefits, you must be disabled and your financial resources cannot exceed a certain maximum amount.
Your ability to work is also a determining factor in your eligibility. In order to qualify, you must not only be unable to do your normal work, but be unable to do any other work that exists in the national economy. You will be evaluated on the basis of your educational background, prior work experience, and limitations caused by your injury.
We File Your Appeal as Well
If you are denied for benefits, the process does not end there. You will be given 60 days to file an appeal after the Social Security Administration has informed you that your claim has been denied.
Do not go through the complicated appeal process alone. We can help you understand why you have been denied and what steps can help you win your appeal. We even file your appeal at no charge before you hire us.
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