Supplemental Security Income

Like SSDI, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program run by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and is intended to provide disabled people with financial support. Also like SSDI, applying for SSI can be a frustrating and arduous process, which is why it pays — literally — to seek guidance from an experienced attorney.

How Is SSI Different Than SSDI?

In plain terms, SSI is based purely on a person’s financial needs, whereas SSDI is based on a person’s work history and ability to keep working. Aside from that, there are several other key factors that set SSI apart:

  • People that have passed "retirement age" are still eligible for SSI
  • Eligibility extends to both adults and children who are blind or disabled
  • Financial benefits are collected from general taxes rather than the Social Security trust fund
  • In Florida, you are automatically eligible to receive Medicaid benefits once your SSI application is approved

As you can see, SSI has its advantages, especially for those who do not qualify for SSDI. For instance, if you have never worked or have not reached certain work requirements, you will not be eligible to receive SSDI benefits. However, you could still qualify for SSI.

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Applying for Disability Benefits

The first challenge of applying for disability benefits is figuring out which program (or programs) to apply for. You may be looking at the list of requirement for SSI and SSDI and thinking, “do I qualify for either of these?” or “can I qualify for both?” To get such questions answered, it is best to sit down with an attorney and discuss your particular circumstances. Once I know more about your living situation, income, assets, and disability, for instance, I will be able to help you determine whether you qualify for SSI and/or SSDI.

Do I Really Need a Lawyer?

As a disability and social security lawyer, I am here to offer support when you need help navigating the legal system. In other words, if you’d like me to walk you through the process of applying for disability benefits, I am happy to do so. If, on the other hand, you’ve been denied for SSI or SSDI and aren’t sure what to do next, I will lead you through your next steps and represent you before an administrative judge, if necessary. It is possible that you won’t need an attorney in order to receive SSI, but I stand at the ready should you find yourself in need of legal guidance. To schedule an informative meeting, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

SSI Attorney Serving Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, & Boca Raton, FL

Whether you have applied for disability benefits and been denied or you want to apply but aren’t sure where to start, I highly recommend reaching out to set up an informative consultation with me. I would be happy to take you through the application process or, at the very least, point you in the right direction.