Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides cash assistance to people who are unable to work for at least 12 months due to physical and/or mental medical impairments. You also have to prove that you are financially needy. There is no requirement that you have worked in the past to get SSI. If you prove you meet the medical rules:
- You cannot have more than $2000 in resources ($3000 for a couple), but Social Security doesn’t count the home you live in. You can have some income but the rules are complicated and depend on whether the income you have is earned or unearned.
- Monthly benefits vary depending on household income. The maximum monthly payment is set each year by the federal government. For the year 2014, the maximum federal benefit for an individual is $721 a month.
- Benefits cannot start before the first full month after the month you applied.
- In most states, you are automatically eligible for Medicaid.
- You can’t get benefits for your children. However, there is a separate SSI program for children who are disabled.
Social Security regulations are complicated, and the process is difficult to navigate. The Philadelphia SSI lawyers at Leventhal Sutton & Gornstein can help you present medical records needed to establish that you cannot perform any work that exists in the national economy. We will also help you by getting reports from your treating doctors about what they think you are capable of doing in a work setting. Your testimony alone is not enough to win your case. Because many doctors are unfamiliar with the legal standards, it is important for you to have the Philadelphia SSI lawyers at LS&G working with your medical providers to get all the required evidence.
At Leventhal Sutton & Gornstein, we handle all cases on a contingent fee basis. Our Philadelphia Social Security Disability lawyers can help you pursue your disability claim with efficiency and effectiveness. To schedule a free initial consultation, complete the form on our website or call us at 215-357-3300 or toll free at 800-889-6101.