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Answers to your Chicago SSI FAQs
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Answers to your Chicago SSI FAQs

What is the difference between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Social Security Disability Insurance covers you if you can’t work because of your health, but you have a substantial recent work history and you paid Social Security taxes out of your paychecks.

Supplemental Security Income doesn’t require any recent employment under which you paid Social Security taxes. If medical problems keep you from working and you have limited income and resources – such as property – you could be eligible for SSI.

Children with impairments that limit their ability to function the same way as other children their age also can qualify for SSI benefits, depending on their parents’ income and assets.

Am I eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits?

SSI has certain basic qualifications:

  • 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.

If you have questions about your qualifications for SSI benefits, call Nash Disability Law today.

If I’m approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability, how much money will I receive?

If you are found eligible for SSI benefits, you will receive a monthly payment of up to $735 per month for an individual or $1,103 per month for an eligible couple under the amounts set by the Social Security Administration in 2017. The amounts change over time.

And the amount you receive may be reduced if you and your spouse have certain income or resources.

How long will I receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits?

As long as you continue meeting the qualifications for SSI, you can continue receiving benefits.

However, every case is different. If you have questions about how SSI works for you, at Nash Disability Law, we’ll evaluate your case for free.

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Can I receive both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

It depends on your income, assets and, if you receive SSDI, your monthly amount. For example, if you receive an SSDI amount that is higher than the maximum SSI amount, you won’t receive SSI.

Will my income affect my Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments?

Your income can affect your SSI payments.

To qualify for SSI, you must have limited income. If you or your spouse have some income, you could still receive SSI but the amount of your payments may be reduced.

If your income surpasses certain amounts, you may no longer qualify for SSI.

What are “resources” and how will they affect my Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments?

For the purposes of SSI, resources are property or assets you own and savings you have.

You must have limited resources to qualify for SSI. If your resources exceed certain amounts, you no longer will qualify.

There are certain exceptions, such as owning a home that is your primary residence.

If I get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and work, do I have to report my earnings to Social Security?

Yes. You only qualify for SSI benefits if income you make from working falls under certain amounts.

If your income exceeds certain amounts, you may no longer qualify.

If I am receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), what is the effect on my benefits if I work?

Money you make from working can reduce the amount of your SSI benefits. In addition, if you earn over a certain amount of money each month, you may no longer qualify for any benefits from Social Security, including SSI.

If I receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability, will I also receive Medicaid?

If you are awarded Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you will likely be entitled to Medicaid coverage as soon as your entitlement to SSI begins.

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How much does it cost to hire an attorney for my Supplemental Security Income (SSI) case? What if I can't afford it?

Federal law regulates attorneys’ fees in SSI disability cases. So, virtually every disability lawyer works on the same fee basis. The lawyer’s fee is 25% of the past due disability benefits you get, up to the statutory maximum.

There is no upfront fee, and there is no fee unless you win. At Nash Disability Law, we’ll evaluate your case for free.

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Where is Nash Disability Law located? Do you offer telephone appointments?

We have three offices located throughout the Chicago area. We also offer telephone appointments. We encourage you to CONTACT US.

I’m interested in talking with Nash Disability Law. What should I do next?

Call Nash Disability Law today! Whether you’ve already begun the application process or are still thinking of applying, Nash Disability wants to help you. Our staff is happy to discuss the details of your disability claim no matter what stage of the process you are in. We encourage you to contact us.

DOWNTOWN: (312) 945-7567
PALOS HILLS: (708) 857-2244

Or, if you’d prefer, submit your contact info and we will follow up with you. Simply CLICK HERE and FILL OUT THE CONTACT US FORM and someone from our offices will contact you.

Why do I need a lawyer to help me with my SSI claim, and why should I hire Nash Disability Law?

Social Security statistics have shown that claimants who are represented by lawyers win more often than those who are not represented. Your best chance of winning your case against the government is to be represented by a lawyer. Contact the experienced lawyers at Nash Disability Law today!

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Social Security has many written and unwritten rules, and our experienced attorneys deal with them and the people who apply them every day. An attorney has a law degree with training in complex legal matters. An attorney is trained in preparing and presenting evidence, cross-examining witnesses and writing about your case. A non-attorney advocate does not have a law degree and is often not trained in complex legal matters.

I have a mental illness. Am I eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability?

Yes, mental illness is frequently used as a basis for getting SSI benefits.
Unfortunately, it’s still common for members of the public, or even family members, to fail to understand this issue.

At Nash Disability Law, we have a long history of understanding how the nuances and misimpressions associated with this issue affect people’s ability to obtain and maintain employment.

The law firm has been very active for many years in advocating for the rights of those affected by mental illness, including important issues of access to meaningful care without stigma.