Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Attorneys
SSI lawyers. Drummond Law provides legal guidance to individuals across Illinois and Missouri. The elderly and disabled are some of the most vulnerable members of our society, which is why it is important to us that they get the help that they need. If you or a loved one are 65+ years old, blind, or disabled, Drummond Law is ready to help make the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) process easier for you.
You need the help of an SSI lawyer to safeguard your rights at every step—from the beginning of the enrollment process to any issues with denial of benefits and beyond. Drummond Law’s SSI lawyers can manage a variety of case types. Never hesitate to get in touch with one of our Social Security lawyers to get started.
What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
Some circumstances, such as age or a disability, may make it difficult to comfortably maintain financial independence. Fortunately, for millions across the United States, part of our social security safety net is Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is a program that’s generally needs-based and intended for low-income individuals of varying ages.
Unlike Social Security Disability in which you need to earn work credits through FICA payroll tax contributions, SSI is funded by general fund taxes and not from the Social Security trust fund; therefore, eligibility for benefits is based on disability, age, assets, and income.
To enroll in SSI, you or a loved one must qualify as the following:
Limited/no income and resources
- Less than $2,000 in assets
- Less than $3,000 for a couple
Disability (any age)
- The individual has a medical condition that meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of a disability – commonly approved disabilities include muscular dystrophy, intellectual disabilities, low birth rates, HIV, and other conditions
- The individual is not able to do the work that they did before they became disabled
- The individual is not able to adjust to other work because of their medical condition(s)
- The individual’s disability is expected to last for at least one year or be terminal
OR 65 years or older
OR blindness (any age)
You can also receive benefits on behalf of a disabled parent, spouse, or child. In fact, according to the Social Security Administration, one of the most common uses of SSI is for the parents of disabled children so that they get the help they need to support the disabled child and the rest of the family. For additional benefits, SSI may be combined with other social services such as Medicaid, food stamps, and Social Security Disability.
The payout amount varies from year to year, but the maximum monthly payment to claimants in the year 2020 is around $783 for an eligible individual and $1,175 for a couple. This can depend on a variety of factors, so speak to an SSI lawyer about your current situation to find out how much your payment amount might be valued.
To learn more or if you have any problems receiving your SSI benefit payments, contact our Social Security lawyers today for more information.
Filing for Social Security Benefits With the Help of an SSI Lawyer
Many people contact a lawyer only after being denied social security, but our firm believes in preserving your time from the start. If a disability is affecting your ability to pay bills and other essential expenses, it’s critical that you start receiving benefits as soon as possible, and our involvement can help you avoid a potentially lengthy appeals process.
There are many benefits to getting one of our attorneys involved in the complicated SSI process as soon as possible. At the Drummond Law Firm, we will:
- Determine whether you are eligible for SSI benefits, as well as any other programs
- Help you properly fill out the paperwork, positioning you for the best chance at approval
- Interpret the complicated language of the forms and ensure you understand all pertinent information about your claim
- Gather and submit supporting documentation and medical records regarding your condition
- File an appeal on your behalf if your application is denied
- Represent you before an administrative law judge (ALJ) should your case require a hearing
- File a lawsuit on your behalf to obtain the benefits to which you are entitled
- Be right by your side when dealing with the Social Security Administration
What to do if you have been denied SSI benefits
If your application for SSI has been denied, do not panic— many first-time applicants are denied. For example, 65% of initial applications are denied nationwide, with 64% denied overall in both Missouri and Illinois. The single biggest mistake people make is failing to appeal within the appropriate time period or even at all. Your chances of approval increases dramatically with an appeals process.
If you have been denied SSI benefits, the first thing you should do is to get in touch with the lawyers at Drummond Law to fight for a full and fair hearing. We understand the complex SSI laws and regulations, how the Social Security Administration operates, and how to get you the maximum amount of benefits to which you are entitled. Let us help protect your rights.
Hire a Social Security Lawyer | Contact Drummond Law
We understand how difficult it can be to wait for benefits, especially at a time when you need them most. Since 1976, Drummond Law has been known for combining experience and dedication in the toughest legal battles. Feel free to contact our Missouri and Illinois SSI Lawyers today to file for SSI, appeal a denial, or any other issues regarding your claim.