Don’t be surprised because what you heard is true, applying for Social Security disability benefits can be frustrating & confusing. In this article we bring you the situations why you can apply for disability benefits, what to expect in the process, and where to find more information.
What are SSI or Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Administration disability are known as SSI disability benefits. SSI benefits is short for “Supplemental Security Income” benefits. These benefits are designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people who have little or no income with cash to meet the basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
Who Qualifies for SSI Disability Benefits?
The SSI program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. Disability benefits are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits. People who have worked long enough may also be able to receive Social Security disability or retirement benefits as well as SSI.
- Open the Social Security Children with Disabilities Guide here
- Here’s the Guide for Adults with Disabilities to SSI Benefits
Must I Have a Disability to Qualify for Benefits?
No, you do not have to have a disability to qualify for benefits. SSI benefits are also payable to all age 65 and older without disabilities who meet certain criteria & financial limits.
How to Apply for SSI Disability Benefits
Don’t be fooled by those advertisements that make you think you can apply online (usually for a fee) for disability benefits because at this time the Social Security administration does not have this option available. From the Social Security Administration’s Disability Benefits website:
“Most of the forms to apply for SSI are not designed for self-completion…a claims representative interviews you and uses a computer to complete the forms with information you give to us…”
When to Apply for SSI Disability Benefits
If you’re reading this article and think you may qualify for benefits, apply today. You want to apply as soon as possible so that you do not lose benefits. If you qualified for benefits for many years you lose those funds forever.
What If I’m Denied SSI Disability Benefits?
Disability benefits denials can be frustrating. Receiving a letter that looks just like a form letter is quite disturbing if you’re in need or suffering from a disability or hardship. Many stop at the point and really, just give up.
The truth is you don’t need to give up because people like us are ready to help you through the appeals process. Our society has an obligation to provide for those who can no longer provide for themselves and their loved ones. Important benefits appeals points:
- You have only a limited amount of time to initiate your appeal.
- If you’ve been denied or have a hearing currently scheduled, don’t go it alone.
Contact Justice Law Office today for a free SSI disability benefits consultation. You’ve got enough on your plate right now and we’re ready to help you get the benefits you deserve and need.