Supplemental Security Income, most commonly called SSI, is a type of disability benefit that is meant to be an addition to payments made under Social Security Disability Insurance. However, unlike Social Security disability benefits, SSI is not earned through the work you have done under Social Security and it is not paid for by Social Security taxes. Instead, it is paid for by general taxes for the benefit of disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.
If you need assistance obtaining disability benefits, including SSI benefits, our highly qualified Mobile and Baldwin County Supplemental Security Income attorney and support staff have the knowledge and experience you need to obtain the benefits you deserve. We help clients in an average of 300 disability appeals each year, with about a 90 percent success rate, and we work hard to help you obtain successful results in your case.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
To get SSI benefits, you can apply on your own in person at a local Social Security office, online or with the help of a Supplemental Security Income lawyer and staff in Mobile or Pensacola and their surrounding areas. To be eligible for SSI, you must be one of the following:
- Age 65 or older
Although SSI is different than SSDI in many ways, for most people the disability and medical requirements that qualify you for benefits are basically the same.
Requirements for SSI
In addition to being aged, blind or disabled, our Supplemental Security Income attorney cautions that you must also meet certain additional requirements to be eligible for benefits:
- Have limited income and resources
- Be a U.S. citizen, national or qualified alien
- Be a resident of the U.S., D.C. or the Northern Mariana Islands
- Not be absent from the U.S. for one full calendar month or 30 consecutive days
- Apply for any other cash benefits you are eligible to obtain, including Social Security disability
- Give the Social Security Administration permission to look into your finances and contact your bank
- File an application
- Meet other requirements
Other benefits you may receive
If you are able to get SSI benefits, Mobile and Pensacola area attorneys and staff may be able to help you obtain other benefits, too:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps)
- Help paying for Medicare
We help you get the benefits you need in Southern Alabama and Northwest Florida
At Byron A. Lassiter & Associates, P.C., we understand how important it is to get the benefits you are entitled to when you become disabled and no longer able to support yourself or your family. If your benefits are denied, our attorney and staff in the Mobile and Pensacola areas help protect your right to benefits by handling all aspects of your appeal. To learn more about your options and our services, contact our Social Security law office in Mobile and Pensacola online or call toll free 800.544.3568 to schedule a free initial consultation today.