Getting Supplemental Security Income Benefits

The government provides Social Security Disability benefits to people who have worked in the past but cannot work now because of disability or illness. But what about people who do not have documented work histories?

Another program — Supplemental Security Income (SSI) — is available for people who do not have work histories that qualify them for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits.

Call Southeast Disability Advocates today at 800-789-4345 to learn more about SSI and how we may be able to help you get benefits.

The Five Year Requirement

People who have not worked regularly for five of the most recent ten years prior to the onset of disability and who cannot work due to disability or illness may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income benefits.

In a free consultation, an attorney at Southeast Disability Advocates can review your work history and your medical condition and advise you concerning your options. If we believe that you are eligible for SSI or SSDI benefits, we will do everything we can to help you qualify for those benefits.

How Do SSI And SSDI Differ?

The conditions that qualify one for SSDI are the same as for SSI. The process of appealing the denial of a claim is the same except for forms and supporting documents. However, with SSI there are limitations on the amount of household assets and income of a claim applicant.

There are non-medical criteria that must be met to qualify for SSI. For SSI (the low-income, needs-based disability benefit), the SSA will look at the applicant's income and assets to see if they are over the limits. Generally speaking, a single individual can have up to $2,000 of non-exempt assets and a married couple can have up to $3,000 of non-exempt assets. Your home and one vehicle are considered exempt and not included in the calculation. In addition, if a non-U.S. citizen is applying for SSI, the SSA will look to see if the applicant is in a qualifying alien category.

We Are On Your Side

You may have worked in agriculture, in a temporary employment situation or were self-employed, or have not filed federal income tax returns and your wages are not reflected on your earnings statement with the Social Security Administration. Or you may have worked and paid taxes into the Social Security system but haven't done so during the past five years. You may still be able to obtain SSI benefits.

Let Southeast Disability Advocates be your advocate. We want to help you get the SSI benefits you deserve. Once that happens, you will also become eligible for Medicaid benefits.

Free Consultation With A Lawyer Or Representative

Contact Southeast Disability Advocates by calling 800-789-4345. Headquartered in Destin, we represent people in Florida, Alabama and Hawaii.