Seeking Disability Benefits for Clients in Financial Need
If you have become disabled to the point where you cannot work full-time and you do not qualify for SSD, or if your monthly SSD payment is below $760.00, you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, our attorneys help clients in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, and throughout western, central and upstate New York apply for Supplemental Security Income. Contact us to set up a free consultation with an experienced disability benefits lawyer.
Understanding the Relationship Between SSI and SSD
Supplemental Security Income is a federal government program that provides benefits for disabled people who are in financial need, but do not qualify for more than $760.00 per month in Social Security disability (SSD) insurance benefits.
Although the Supplemental Security Income program is administered by the Social Security Administration, you do not have to have paid Social Security taxes in order to qualify.
For adults, the disability criteria for Supplemental Security Income are the same as for Social Security disability, and the process of applying for benefits and appealing denied benefit claims is virtually identical. There are different criteria when it comes to SSI for children.
Determining Whether You Meet the Means Test
To qualify for Supplemental Security Income, you do need to meet a means test, showing a financial need for benefits. If you have substantial assets (not counting your home), or significant unearned income such as pensions or trust funds, you may not qualify.
Our attorneys can examine the facts of your case and assess whether you qualify for SSI or any other federal disability benefits program. To discuss your circumstances with a knowledgeable attorney, contact us today.