If you’re wondering whether you qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, it probably means you’re struggling with health problems and financial worries.
SSI provides monthly income, so you have money for basic expenses. You also get back pay to cover any time you spend waiting before you get approved for benefits, which is a great additional help.
First you have to deal with the fact that most people are denied when they apply for SSI.
The SSI qualifications are strict.
So do you qualify?
Here are the basic Supplemental Security Income qualifications:
These situations also can help you qualify for SSI:
When you’re considering applying for SSI, you also may want to see if you qualify for another type of disability benefit: Social Security Disability Income (SSDI).
And if you have a child with a disability, your family could qualify for financial aid from children’s SSI.
You can figure out what to do by talking to someone with extensive experience in disability cases. That’s Harder, Wells, Baron & Manning.
Our disability lawyers have more than 60 years of combined experience helping people in Oregon.
We have offices in Eugene-Springfield, Albany, Roseburg, Coos Bay and Medford.
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To win any kind of Social Security Disability benefits, you must be unable to work because of your health.
At its core, that means the severity of your symptoms—how they affect your life—can be more important than exactly what condition you have.
Social Security keeps a big list of impairments that can qualify you for benefits, but you could also have a different diagnosis.
We’ve seen clients at Harder, Wells, Baron & Manning with all of these illnesses and more:
You can have physical or mental health difficulties and qualify for SSI. You can meet the SSI qualifications with a combination of different health issues.
This is how you start: Tell our disability attorneys about your struggles. We will listen and give you an evaluation of how you may meet the SSI qualifications.
Strong medical evidence is the most important ingredient in a disability benefits claim.
Social Security has thousands of rules for who gets SSI. They’re meant to stop people who don’t deserve benefits, but for you it means the process is more complicated.
You can’t just tell them you’re unable to work. You have to prove it with records and documents, such as these:
All of this is in addition to providing the information showing that your income meets the SSI standards.
This can feel overwhelming.
But the law firm of Harder, Wells, Baron & Manning was created to help people like you get through this process.
You pay no attorney fee until you win benefits.
And winning benefits is a way to hold onto a sense of independence and dignity.
Your health is bad. You can’t work. Your financial stability is threatened. So your head is swimming with questions. How will you get by? How does Social Security Disability work? We’ve gathered answers. See them here:Disability FAQs »
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