Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits
In order to receive SSI benefits, a Social Security claimant must show that he has minimal economic resources, and is medically disabled. Unlike Social Security Disability, SSI does not require a significant work history. Under some circumstances, a claimant can receive both SSI and Social Security Disability.
Social Security evaluates an SSI claimant’s income and resources to determine eligibility. Income includes not only wages, but pension benefits and certain other types of assistance and income. Resources include real estate, investment accounts and other types of property. There are very specific rules about what income and resources are considered by Social Security.
If a claimant’s economic resources are under the SSI limit, Social Security will then evaluate medical disability. Social Security must consider all of a claimant’s medical conditions, and should review all of the relevant medical evidence. If the medical evidence shows that a claimant cannot perform full-time, competitive work, SSI benefits should be awarded.
Unfortunately, most SSI claimants are denied at the initial application level. If you or a loved one are denied SSI benefits, contact McCroskey Law today. One of our expert Social Security attorneys will meet with you, and advise you about your right to appeal. McCroskey Law’s Social Security attorneys do not require any money in advance, and will not charge you for fees or costs, unless you win.