If you get Social Security benefits, but have limited income and resources, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) might be available to you. Unlike Social Security Disability Insurance, SSI is financed from general revenues, not Social Security taxes. It is designed to help people who have a physical or mental disability but have not paid into the Social Security system because of lack of employment or work experience.
In order to qualify for SSI, the expected duration of the disability must be at least 12 months, or be a condition that is expected to result in death, but that does not mean you need to wait 12 months before applying for benefits.
At Lein Law Offices, we can help you determine your eligibility status and get benefits. Call our Hayward Supplemental Security Income attorneys today at (800) 944-3949 to schedule a free consultation.
SSI Is A Need-Based Program
According to the Social Security Administration, two basic conditions must be met in order to receive SSI:
- The individual must be disabled under the Social Security Administration’s definition.
- The individual must have little or no income or assets.
As mentioned, the key difference between SSD and SSI is that you do not have to have paid Social Security taxes in order to qualify for SSI. Beyond disability and lack of income and assets, the rest of the SSI process is similar to the SSD process :
- Other than special cases involving children, the disability definitions are the same.
- The application timeline is the same.
- Appealing denied claims is the same.
Do Not Wait To Apply For SSI Benefits. Get Started Today.
Contact our SSI lawyers online today to schedule a free consultation. Lein Law Offices is a local law firm serving local clients for more than 25 years.
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