In addition to Social Security Disability (SSD), the Social Security Administration provides Supplemental Security Income (SSI, also known as Title 16). The two are frequently confused.
SSI is different from SSD in one major respect. SSD is paid for by workers over the course of their work life. You cannot obtain benefits unless you paid into this program. SSI is paid for out of general tax revenues.
To receive SSI benefits, you must be 65 or older and either blind or disabled. Your income and personal resources must be quite limited. Your disabling condition must be expected to continue for at least 12 months or be projected to result in your death. You must be able to prove one or the other in writing.
Serving Disabled People In The Stroudsburg/Poconos Region Of Pennsylvania
It is not unusual to apply for either SSD or SSI and be turned down. In fact, most people are denied benefits the first time they apply. The SSI attorneys at Newman, Williams, Mishkin, Corveleyn, Wolfe & Fareri, P.C., have two words of advice for those on the verge of quitting:
If you are qualified to receive SSI and you keep applying, your chances of eventually getting it are pretty good. For various reasons, the government does not want it to be easy.
Insufficient medical evidence is the primary reason for denial. Let our disability lawyers meet with your physician to assemble the medical records that best support your request for benefits. This is a very hard thing for you to attempt yourself because you do not really know what is persuasive to the Social Security Administration and what is not. Our SSI lawyers have that knowledge, gained from years of experience working within the system.
Schedule a meeting with the Stroudsburg Supplemental Security Income lawyers at Newman Williams. Call us at 570-234-0344 or toll free at 800-506-0191. Or write to our lawyers using this convenient form.