Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can make a huge difference in a disabled person’s life. If you are unable to make ends meet because of a chronic medical condition, you may qualify for these benefits.

In order to actually receive payments, however, you have the burden of proving the extent of your limitations as well as your lack of financial resources. Fortunately, an experienced SSI disability attorney can help you meet these high requirements. Proving SSI eligibility in Gwinnett County is essential to a successful claim, so let our Social Security disability law firm help you obtain the benefits you need to support yourself and your family.

Proving a Medical Disability

An applicant must suffer from a medical condition that leaves them unable to work in order to be considered eligible for SSI benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines a disabled person as having an inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity due to physical or mental impairment(s) that could result in death, or which have lasted or can be expected to last for no less than 12 months.

According to the SSA’s list of disabling conditions, any one of several different musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, hematological, and respiratory disorders could make a person eligible for SSI benefits. Disabled people who find that their conditions are not listed here could benefit from the guidance of an experienced lawyer.

An applicant could also provide evidence to prove that their medical condition has left them unable to work due to constant pain, limited mobility, or subsequent mental stress. An experienced advocate for the disabled can help applicants evaluate their medical SSI eligibility in Gwinnett County.

The Assets Requirement

A claimant who is completely unable to earn any income may not qualify for SSI if they have too many assets, as the presence of sellable assets negates the element of necessity required for SSI eligibility. For example, a married applicant whose spouse works a full-time job would be earning too much money to qualify for benefits.

Additionally, even an unmarried applicant may not qualify if they still have assets that they may sell to pay their bills. While an applicant may keep their home and a vehicle, other assets such as rental properties, bank accounts, and other vehicles count against the asset limit.

For single people, the threshold of assets is $2,000, while the value of assets held by a married couple with one working spouse may not exceed $3,000. A skilled Social Security disability representative at our firm can help applicants determine whether they meet income and asset requirements for Gwinnett County SSI eligibility.

Talk to a Lawyer in Gwinnett County about SSI Eligibility

Regardless of your specific economic situation, the Social Security Administration maintains strict eligibility requirements for their benefits program. All applicants must prove that they have a medical condition that results in an inability to work a full time job, and they must have run out of sellable assets.

While these requirements may seem straightforward, many cases face delays of months or years while these requirements are addressed and established. A lawyer who regularly handles disability claims can work with you to determine your SSI eligibility in Gwinnett County. Call our team today to learn more.

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