Applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is designed to provide financial assistance to individuals who are 65 or older, blind, or disabled. Because disabled individuals qualify for SSI benefits, many people who apply for Social Security disability also apply for SSI benefits.
How Do I Know If I Qualify For SSI?
In order to qualify for SSI benefits you must meet one of three criteria. You must be: 1) blind, 2) 65 or older, or 3) disabled. The Social Security Administration uses the same standards for determining whether an individual is disabled for the purposes of both SSI and Social Security disability benefits. In order to be considered disabled, a person must be able to show that he or she: 1) is unable to perform substantial gainful activity; 2) has a disability that has lasted or is expected to last for at least 12 months; or 3) has a disability or injury that is likely to result in death. Persons who qualify for SSI must also be able to show that they have both limited income and resources.
How to Apply for SSI
In order to apply for SSI, you must schedule an appointment with your local Social Security office to complete the application. In order to schedule an appointment, call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213. A representative will schedule an appointment for you.
If you would like, you can complete the Adult Disability Report or the Child Disability Report online prior to your appointment. Doing so is not necessary, as these applications can be completed at the time of your appointment. Note that completing the Adult Disability Report or the Child Disability Report online is not a substitute for completing the SSI application with your local Social Security office.
How We Can Help
Our office has years of experience assisting clients with SSI applications. We understand the process and know the information that you need to provide in order for your application to be successful. Our skilled Cleveland Social Security disability lawyers are more than willing to help you with your claim.
If you are considering applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), contact the Law Office of Kordic & Braun today at 1-800-621-0899 to schedule a free initial case evaluation with one of our experienced Cleveland Social Security disability lawyers.