Obtaining Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is complicated. Many people need the assistance of SSI lawyers to get the benefits they need. But how do you know exactly what to look for in an SSI lawyer? Check out the following list of qualifications before you decide who to hire.
Good SSI Lawyers Know Who is Eligible for SSI Benefits
The government knows that sometimes people need a little help. That is why Supplemental Security Insurance benefits are available to a variety of people who are:
- Over the age of 65
Unlike other types of government benefits, such as Social Security Disability benefits, there are no prior work history requirements for SSI.
You do not need to prove that you have paid Social Security taxes in the past because general tax revenue, not Social Security, funds SSI. Even if you have never paid into Social Security, you can still qualify for SSI benefits.
A Good SSI Lawyer Can Help You Understand the Requirements for SSI Benefit Eligibility
Although there are no prior work history requirements for SSI benefits, you will need to meet certain requirements to receive SSI funds. These requirements are:
- You must be “legally disabled,” blind, or over the age of 65. Certain illnesses or medical conditions could indicate that you are legally disabled.
- You are unable to complete any substantial gainful activity. In other words, you are unable to work.
- You have been unable to work for at least 12 consecutive months. It is not enough that you have been unable to find work. Instead, you must prove that you are unable to complete job functions due to your disability.
- You are facing hardship due to your limited income, including difficulty paying for housing, food, clothing, and medical care.
When completing the SSI application form, you need to take care to explain how you meet each of these.
A good SSI lawyer will also know exactly how much you can make a month and still qualify.
A Good SSI Lawyer Can Argue that You Are Legally Disabled
The Social Security Administration (SSA) keeps a lengthy list of medical conditions and impairments that it deems potentially disabling. Among these conditions are respiratory diseases, cancers, and mental diseases, just to name a few. This list is extensive and there are many exceptions.
Not being on the list does not mean you will not qualify. You may still qualify for benefits if you can establish the following:
- You are not currently working.
- You have some sort of medical condition or impairment.
- That medical condition is severe enough to prevent you from working.
- You are unable to complete the job you had before you became disabled.
- You are not able to complete the job functions of a different job, even those that are less physically or mentally demanding.
The SSI lawyers at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. can help you determine if you qualify for SSI benefits based on your disability.
If there is any debate on whether your condition should qualify you for benefits, our lawyers will work with medical experts and other third parties to establish that your disability is severe and that you are entitled to SSI benefits.
Why should I hire an SSI lawyer?
The SSI application process can seem impossible. Although you can complete the application on your own or with the help of family members, one tiny mistake on your application could mean a denial.
By hiring an attorney to help complete the application, you are ensuring that no mistakes prevent you from getting the benefits you deserve.
Our SSI lawyers know the best arguments to make and strategies to use on your behalf. We have helped many clients get SSI benefits and we will fight to make sure you get them too.
You are still responsible for completing some paperwork and communicating with SSA on a limited basis, often to schedule exams or following up on paperwork the client has not completed and returned.
However, once you hire GTB&S to handle your application, you no longer need to deal with a lot of the hassle and stress that comes along with the application process, leaving you time to focus on what is important in your life.
Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. Can Help
If you are still undecided on whether you need the assistance of one of our SSI lawyers, schedule a consultation to find out more. The consultation visit is free and you will be under no obligation to proceed further if you decide not to.
When you meet with us, we will examine the facts of your case and give you our honest, legal opinion about your likelihood of qualifying for SSI benefits.
The SSI lawyers at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. will do everything in our power to ensure that you get the benefits that you need. Let us help you. Call us today at 419-843-6663.