Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) is a program established by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and paid for by taxpayers. This program provides people who are unable to work as the result of a disabling condition with monthly income, and applicants do not need to have an established work history to qualify.

SSI is necessary for many disabled individuals to maintain their standard of living, but it can be difficult to get a claim approved by the SSA, as they have strict criteria that claimants must meet in order to receive benefits. Furthermore, the SSA may sometimes still issue a denial even when these requirements are met. A qualified member of our legal team can help clarify how to obtain Buckhead SSI benefits before you proceed with filing a claim.

How to Qualify for SSI

The SSA maintains an official list of conditions which automatically qualify a person for income benefits. Fortunately, a person whose disability is not listed may still be able to obtain SSI benefits, since the SSA reviews each claim on an individual basis. In general, however, claimants must meet the following SSI requirements to receive benefits:

  • They must have a disability which either has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months;
  • They cannot be steadily employed or earn too much annual income; and
  • The disability they suffer from must be severely limiting.

Parents and guardians applying for SSI on behalf of their children would need to attend an interview with an SSA official and provide them with supporting documents such as birth certificates, medical records, and proof of income. Our team of experienced disability advocates can help applicants prepare for the obstacles they may face while pursuing Buckhead SSI benefits.

What to Do After a Denial

Unfortunately, many initial SSI claims are denied by the SSA, but federal law gives claimants the right to appeal a denial up to four times. The first type of appeal is known as a reconsideration and involves a review by another SSA official.

If a reconsideration falls through, claimants can attend a formal hearing with an administrative law judge, during which they may call witnesses and submit additional supporting evidence. They can also appear before an SSA Council for a review. Finally, applicants may take their grievances to a federal court, although this is usually not necessary.

To avoid an initial denial, disabled individuals should submit all supporting documents with their first application, especially medical-related documents. The SSA may also request to speak with teachers, therapists, and other professionals who work closely with an applicant.

Contact an Attorney for More Information About Buckhead SSI Benefits

Properly submitting an SSI claim can be difficult, and understanding the reasons behind a denial can be even harder. The SSA adheres to strict criteria when evaluating disabilities, and a knowledgeable attorney at our firm can help you understand how to meet those requirements. Reach out to our advocates for the disabled today to learn more about effectively pursuing SSI benefits in Buckhead.

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