Help When You Cannot Work
If you are disabled and unable to work, you may also be having trouble making ends meet. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is designed to help you do just that.
This Social Security program requires that you meet certain low-income and asset requirements. For SSI, your financial situation will be carefully considered along with your medical records by the Social Security Administration to determine your eligibility.
When completing forms for SSI, it is especially important to fill out the forms completely and honestly. An attorney can assist in making sure all the required documents are filled out appropriately and submitted.
Income and Benefits
SSI works on a sliding scale up to its income and asset limit. This means that the more income and assets you have, the less benefits you qualify for through SSI. Once your income and assets exceed Social Security’s limit, you are no longer eligible for any SSI payments.
Income and assets include a variety of things, including
•· Earned income, such as wages
•· Unearned income, such as money from friends and relatives and benefits received from Long Term Disability, Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment, etc.
•· In-Kind Income, such as free food or shelter you may be receiving
•· Additional household income, such as your spouse’s wages or benefits
•· Land you own
•· Vehicles and other personal property
•· Life insurance policies
In short, the government considers what you have at your disposal to sell or exchange for cash, food, or shelter. The house you live in as well as one car in your household is not counted against this limit.
If you have questions about whether or not you qualify, the experienced lawyers at Berger and Green can help. A free consultation can assist you in deciding what benefits you are eligible for and what is the best way to proceed.
Free case evaluations • NO attorneys’ fees or costs unless we recover a settlement, benefits, or verdict in your case • We can initiate your case by phone or e-mail – CALL today (412) 661-1400 or Contact us online