SSI Disability Lawyers
Experience Makes the Difference
At our law firm in Chicago, we focus our practice on cases involving claims for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or the denial of either. We understand what the Social Security Administration (SSA) is looking for when determining whether an applicant qualifies for SSI benefits, and we can make sure your application includes those elements.
If you’ve already applied for SSI disability benefits and have been denied, an SSI disability lawyer’s assistance can help convince the SSA to reconsider your claim and give you a chance to present the evidence and information you didn’t know you needed to present the first time.
Call Richard I. Feingold & Associates today: (773) 989-9899 or toll free: (888) 701-8222.
Supplemental Security Income Qualifications Differ from Disability Insurance
While SSI can provide financial benefits to disabled individuals unable to work and earn an income, it differs from disability insurance in one significant way:
Supplemental Security Income is a federal welfare program for the aged, blind and disabled. It is not an insurance program paid for by income taxes. Therefore, an applicant does not have to have a work history in order to qualify. Because of this difference, disabled individuals who have not worked in the past can still qualify for SSI if they meet income guidelines and disability criteria.
SSI Disability Lawyer’s List of What You Need to Know About Applying for SSI Disability Benefits
The differences between Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are not always clear to people deciding which program to apply for. Our law firm in Chicago has assembled this brief list of key SSI features to help you understand which you should apply for. It may be helpful to compare it to its counterpart on our SSDI page under Client Services.
Key SSI Features:
Also Known As: Title XVI, SSI Supplemental Security Income
Requirements: Qualifying disability. No work history required.
Resource & Income Limits: Maximum savings and other resources of $2,000 for individuals or $3,000 for couples. Burial accounts not included. Any earned or unearned income or gifts, including in-kind income, may negatively impact awarded benefits.
Benefit Amount: Set by law. Not dependent upon lifetime earnings.
Benefits Available to: Applicants with qualifying disabilities who meet income guidelines. No benefits available to dependents or survivors.
- Benefits payable first month after application, if disabled
- No retroactive benefits for months prior to application
- No waiting period
- Some states allow Medicaid eligibility for any SSI recipient
For more information about applying for SSI disability, available benefits, and the services available from our SSI disability lawyer’s law firm in Chicago, please visit these pages on our site:
You can receive a free evaluation and an SSI disability lawyer’s advice
by completing our online form or by calling us directly at (773) 989-9899.
Or call toll free: (888) 701-8222