One of the two most common ways to receive Social Security disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), gives you the opportunity to receive money even if you haven’t earned the work credits necessary to qualify for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). The disability attorneys at the Parmele Law Firm will give you the best possible chance to qualify for this income.
Not everyone can qualify for SSI, however, and the experts at the St. Louis Parmele Law Firm can help you determine whether you should apply for either SSI, SSDI or both.
How to Qualify for SSI
You need to meet specific criteria in order to qualify for SSI. Though you will always need to file an application and will need to have Social Security accept you, you can roughly look over the criteria and see whether or not you have a good chance of getting accepted.
In order to qualify for SSI, you need to have a limited income. At the Parmele Law Firm, we have seen the Social Security Administration reject people for having too high of an income.
You cannot own a specific amount of assets. If you have more than $2,000 worth of assets, then you will not qualify. This excludes your car and home.
Disability & Age
If you qualify financially for benefits, then you still must also qualify in terms of disability. According to the Social Security Administration, you must be unable to keep gainful employment due to either a mental or physical disability. If you have a disability that prevents you from working and has prevented you from working for over 12 months, then you may qualify.
Unlike for SSDI, you can qualify for SSI based on not only disability, but also age. If you are over the age of 65, you can receive benefits.
However, restrictions still apply. You will not qualify for simply being over the age of 65. You can talk to a disability attorney at the Parmele Law Firm, and he or she will give you a better idea of how the limitations affect your specific circumstances.
Contact the Parmele Law Firm Today
Not everyone who qualifies for SSI will receive benefits. You need an experienced team of disability attorneys to help you get approved for Social Security disability benefits.
The St. Louis Parmele Law Firm disability team has the resources to get you the benefits you need. Contact our Social Security disability team today to get started on your appeal.