Get free advice on Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income – or SSI – is designed to help you financially when bad health has left you unable to work. If this is true, and your income and resources are limited, you may qualify for SSI.
SSI could be the answer for you if you lack enough of what Social Security calls “quarters of coverage.” That refers to how consistently you worked and paid Social Security taxes, with an emphasis on the last 10 years.
If you’ve had to deal with a lot of physical or mental health problems over the years, your work history might be rocky. And you might be struggling to put food on the table.
At Nash Disability Law, we know hard things happen to good people. You’ve worked hard, but have had a hard time keeping steady work. We take time getting to know you when you need help.
Unlike some law firms, where you might not even meet a lawyer until right before you have a hearing with a judge, we meet with you face-to-face and help you understand the process.
We can determine whether SSI is right for you and if you should apply for SSI – or whether you need a different kind of disability benefits. Talk to us about your situation. You pay nothing until you win benefits.
What you need to qualify for SSI
To qualify for SSI based on disability, you must be unable to work and meet these other requirements:
- You have limited income.
- You have limited resources, like property and savings.
- You’ve applied for any other cash benefits you may be eligible for, such as pensions or Social Security retirement.
- You’ve filed an application.
Children with disabilities that limit their ability to function may also qualify for childhood SSI.
What counts as an official disability?
For SSI benefits, the Social Security Administration defines a disability this way:
- You have a physical or mental impairment that leaves you unable to sustain work and;
- Your medical condition is expected to last at least a year.
How do I apply for SSI?
To apply for SSI, you fill out an application from the Social Security Administration.
Apply as soon as you can. If you wait, you could miss out on benefits.
While it may seem like the Social Security Administration should be able to look at your health condition and easily see that you need benefits, it almost never works that way.
Most people get denied when they first apply. The Social Security Administration has thousands of rules for disability.
A disability lawyer from Nash Disability Law can help you through the process. We’ve helped thousands of our Chicago-area neighbors win benefits.
You don’t pay an attorney’s fee unless you win.
Should you apply for SSI or SSDI?
It’s easy to mix up these two kinds of disability benefits. They’re both run by the Social Security Administration.
Here’s the difference:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) covers people who have a substantial work history and paid enough in Social Security taxes from their paychecks, particularly in recent years.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) covers people who don’t have the right amount of work under Social Security within the right time, but also have very little assets or income – effectively, no means of survival.
At Nash Disability Law, we can determine which program is right for you.
How does Nash Disability Law help you?
- We evaluate your situation to see if you have a case – for free.
- We explain the best method for applying based on your circumstances.
- We give you advice on what you can do to help get your claim approved.
- We make sure you meet all the deadlines, and we don’t let your application get delayed or lost.
- We help you explain your case to Social Security in a way that maximizes your benefits.
- We identify which medical records are the most important ones for your case.
- We help you understand what’s NOT important for your case.
We know Chicago people. You’re tough and determined. You inspire us every day. That’s why we fight for your independence and dignity.