Understanding Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

What you need to know about Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

If you are a low-income disabled person, you may face a significant financial hardship. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we understand how frustrating the process can be for people who simply want the compensation and benefits they rightfully deserve.

We put our experience to work for people in North Carolina who need legal assistance. The SSI application process can be complicated. Who is or isn't eligible for benefits has become a difficult question. Our attorneys are prepared to help you get through the process. Get in touch with our firm today. Call 1-866-900-7078.

The basics of SSI

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is designed to provide a basic income for low-income disabled people who have never been able to work, or who have not worked long enough to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Recipients can only have a minimum amount of savings and possessions (what the Social Security Administration calls "countable income and resources") to qualify, and they must meet certain living arrangements.

The monthly payment a person receives under Supplemental Security Income (SSI) varies up to the maximum federal benefit rate, which may be added to by the state, or decreased due to a personal countable income and resources. Since Jan. 1, 2008, the federal benefits rate has been $674 a month for individuals. Supplemental Security (SSI) recipients commonly receive Medicaid health benefits. These are not included as countable income and resources.

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program also offers a variety of benefits to children under the age of 18 who are disabled.

In 2008, only 30.5 percent of all Social Security Disability claims nationwide were approved after the initial application with an average waiting period of 106 days (about 3.5 months). While many of the denials may have been legitimate, others were due to people not completing the forms completely, accurately or compellingly. An attorney who is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law might be able to help clients make the strongest case possible for their disability claims.

Presumptive Disability and Compassionate Allowance

While rare, some people will automatically qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) due to a Presumptive Disability, or will have their case qualify for an expedited review under the Compassionate Allowance initiative. These initiatives allow people with the most severe disabilities (about 4 percent of all disability cases) to be approved, at least temporarily, in about 10 days instead of the typical three to five month waiting period

Contact an SSI lawyer in North Carolina

If you are applying for SSI or appealing a denied claim, rely on an experienced SSI lawyer in North Carolina to help you through the process. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we have years of experience fighting for people just like you. For a free case evaluation, call 1-866-900-7078. There is no obligation and we don’t receive any attorney’s fee unless you recover benefits.

The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin — we're on your side.