One of the most difficult situations a person can face is basic economic survival without a steady income from work. In recognition that disabilities prevent some citizens from ever working and keep others out of work for many years, the U.S. government provides Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
As of early 2012, people who satisfy all Supplemental Security Income eligibility requirements can receive up to $698 per month through this program. However, most initial claims are denied, and you may need an experienced lawyer on your side to help you succeed in getting benefits. For a free consultation, contact our offices today.
Are You Eligible for Supplemental Security Income?
Unlike Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you do not need a work history to receive SSI. This is the central difference between the two programs. For either type of disability claim to succeed, government evaluators must determine that you have a "total disability" that prevents you from performing work on a consistent basis.
The people we are able to help obtain Supplemental Security Income benefits share certain characteristics including very few assets and little or no substantial means of financial support. The situations we encounter and empathize with include:
- People with severe physical and/or mental impairments that have prevented them from working their entire lives
- People who stayed home with children or as homemakers and have since become disabled and lost a husband or companion
- Others who worked before becoming disabled, but did so too long ago to qualify for SSDI
Receive Step-by-Step Guidance From a Dedicated Lawyer
Obtaining benefits can be a tough challenge, with the majority of cases won on appeal rather than through the initial claim. The process is often lengthy. Unfortunately, regardless of how clear it is to you that you are disabled, Social Security often does not seem to understand your situation.
At our Cincinnati law offices, you can tell your story to a caring, skilled attorney who wants to help. Beginning with a free consultation, our mission will include helping you set expectations, avoid mistakes that can harm your chances of success, and —with our help— move forward assertively to win your case.