We help you through the complicated SSI application process
Many Floridians who are unable to maintain a sustainable level of income as the result of illness or injury may be unaware that they may qualify for certain supplemental income benefits from the government. In addition, many qualifying individuals who do seek these benefits often immediately have their application denied, or may require a far greater amount of financial support than they actually receive, and as a result may believe that they aren’t entitled to any further help.
Our experienced Brandon Supplemental Security Income attorney at The Golden Law Group understand that the process of applying for these types of benefits can be both long and complicated, and we are dedicated to helping sick and disabled Florida residents present their claims, and help them gain the much-needed supplemental income benefits they deserve.
What is Supplemental Security Income?
Unlike Social Security Disability benefits (SSD, sometimes called SSDI), which are available only to persons who have paid a certain amount in Social Security taxes and are funded by Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are funded by general government revenues, and are available to Floridians regardless of their previous Social Security contributions. In addition to helping people with disabilities or other health problems, SSI benefits are also available to persons age 65 and older.
SSI benefits are intended to replace income lost due to a long-term illness or injury which precludes an individual from engaging in employment adequate to sustain them financially. To qualify as a “long-term” condition, the health condition or injury must persist for a year or more, and the financial need of the injured or disabled applicant must be significant. In addition to a monthly SSI payment, a lump-sum payment covering certain income lost prior to application approval may be available as well.
Because of the requirements that the medical condition be sufficiently long-term and the financial need be necessarily substantial, individuals seeking SSI benefits must be prepared to provide substantial documentation to support their application. Both preparing for the application process, as well as completing it, can be challenging and complicated.
How do I know if I qualify?
Again, documentation plays a significant role in the application process. Applicants have the burden of providing evidence which proves the following:
- That you are in fact suffering from the illness or injury claimed;
- That this health issue in question is long-term;
- That the disability prevents gainful employment; and
- That this loss in income caused by the condition has resulted in significant financial problems.
Documents which you should gather as you prepare to apply for SSI benefits may include:
- Medical records
- Doctor’s opinions and verification
- Pay stubs
- Tax returns
- Bank statements
- Proof of household expenses and living arrangements
- Proof of age
- Proof of U.S. citizenship
Because of the complexity of an SSI application, as well as the burden of successfully meeting the requirements of the application, a skilled Brandon Supplemental Security Income attorneycan provide invaluable assistance and insight at every stage of the often lengthy and intensive application process, and can help you to gather the documentation which best illustrates your individual medical condition and financial needs. In addition, a knowledgeable Brandon supplemental security income attorney can determine whether you qualify for, and should seek, SSD benefits, as well as SSI benefits.
Your claim does not have to be denied. Call an experienced Brandon Social Security attorney for help today
At The Golden Law Group, our knowledgeable Brandon Supplemental Security Income attorneys are ready to handle your case from start to finish. We understand what the Social Security representatives are looking for when they review an application, and we can obtain and analyze your medical history, review your application to ensure that it effectively presents your claim, and assist in the event you need to appeal any decision. For a free initial consultation, please contact us online, or call us today at (813) 375-0098. We have offices in Brandon and Bradenton.