DO I QUALIFY FOR SSI BENEFITS IN MICHIGAN?
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You’d much rather be able to work. You wouldn’t choose to rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits to cover essential costs, like food and housing.
But your health doesn’t give you a choice.
Many people don’t understand this. At Levine Benjamin, we do.
Monthly checks from SSI can make a major difference in your health and well-being.
If medical problems have blocked you from holding steady employment, you could qualify for benefits.
But the Social Security Administration turns most people down.
So at Levine Benjamin, we’ve made it our mission to help people like you win the benefits you deserve.
Social Security has thousands of rules. Applying can be complicated.
We’ll guide you through all the steps of qualifying for SSI. You pay no attorney fee until you win.
And at Levine Benjamin, it doesn’t cost anything for us to review your situation.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?
SSI has both health and financial requirements. You qualify for benefits if you:
- are age 65 or older;
- are blind; or
- have a disability that keeps you from working.
- have limited income
- have limited resources (such as savings and property)
- apply for any other cash benefits or payments for which you may be eligible, (for example pensions and Social Security retirement benefits)
- file an application
HOW DOES SOCIAL SECURITY DEFINE “DISABILITY” FOR SSI BENEFITS?
Your ability to receive SSI benefits depends on Social Security deciding you have an official “disability.”
And for Social Security, the definition of “disability” hinges on whether you can work or not:
- Your physical or mental impairment must be severe enough that you cannot work.
- Your medical condition must be expected to last at least a year or result in death.
At Levine Benjamin, we’ll help you understand how SSI applies to your situation. When you call us, you’ll get to speak directly with a lawyer.
WHAT DOCUMENTS WILL I NEED TO PREPARE?
To put together a successful application, you’ll need to show Social Security that you have a severe medical condition and limited financial resources.
This includes gathering several pieces of evidence:
- Doctor reports about your health condition
- Dates of your medical treatment
- Contacts for your doctors and other health care providers
- Lists of your prescriptions
- Documents of your income
- Documents of your savings
- Your property holdings
- Descriptions of past jobs
- Dates of past employment
DOES MY MEDICAL CONDITION QUALIFY?
Almost any health problem can qualify you for disability benefits.
The SSA maintains a list of impairments that are specifically covered. But you don’t have to have a diagnosis on that list.
The key factor is whether your symptoms are severe enough to prevent you from working.
These are among the common conditions that qualify for benefits:
- Spine Disorders
- Major Joint Dysfunction
- Vision Loss
- Speech Loss
- Hearing Loss
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Cardiovascular Diseases
- Liver Disease
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Brain Tumors
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Anxiety-Related Disorders
HOW DO I IMPROVE MY CHANCES OF WINNING BENEFITS?
Social Security’s own statistics have shown that people win benefits more often when they have representation. Because you pay no attorney fees unless you win, getting a lawyer carries little risk for you.
At Levine Benjamin, we pride ourselves on staying by your side until we get the best possible result.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.