Detroit SSI Lawyers
If you have limited income and resources—and health problems prevent you from working—you probably worry about paying for food, housing and other basic needs.
One answer is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). It’s a government program that pays monthly benefits to people with disabilities, blindness, or people who are over 65.
Children with disabilities also can qualify for benefits from SSI.
If you qualify for SSI, you probably will also qualify for Medicaid health insurance and food assistance. Medicaid can help you pay for medical bills including hospital stays, doctor bills, prescriptions and medical tests.
At Levine Benjamin Law Firm, our SSI attorneys help you with your application for SSI. Or we can help with your appeal if you were turned down.
Levine Benjamin has helped more than 50,000 people win disability income in Detroit, Toledo, Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids and all across Michigan.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.
What would you like to do?
The Detroit SSI lawyers at Levine Benjamin can help you understand if you qualify for Supplemental Security Income.
Am I Eligible for SSI?
You may qualify for SSI if you:
- are age 65 or older;
- are blind; or
- have a disability that will last at least a year.
- have limited income
- have limited resources
- file an application
- apply for any other cash benefits or payments you may be eligible to receive (for example, pensions or Social Security retirement benefits)
If you have a child with physical or mental conditions that prevent them from functioning like their peers, you also could secure SSI benefits for that child.
Unlike other disability benefits, SSI doesn’t involve your past job record. And children, naturally, are not expected to have work histories.
Your child’s condition must be likely to last at least a year. And your household must meet the income requirements.
If you get SSI for your child, it could be a huge help with therapy, medical equipment, tutoring or other expenses of raising a special needs child.
The lawyers at Levine Benjamin can help you choose the right benefits program.
What’s the Difference between SSI and Social Security Disability Insurance?
SSI is different from the other disability program run by Social Security, which is called Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
SSDI requires a review of your work history, in addition to your medical condition.
The money for Social Security Disability Insurance comes out of people’s paychecks, so only those who have worked a long time and paid significantly into the system can qualify.
Your past jobs don’t matter to SSI. Supplemental Security Income is there to help you when you don’t have a lot of recent work history to report. It’s dedicated to people whose incomes and resources are low.
The money for SSI benefits comes from general taxes—not Social Security taxes.
So even if you haven’t paid enough into the Social Security system to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, you may still qualify for SSI.
The government will review your household income and decide whether you qualify and what benefits you can receive.
But here’s something they both have in common: SSI and SSDI are available to people with physical or mental health conditions leaving them unable to work.
At Levine Benjamin Law Firm, our disability attorneys can help you determine which type of benefit is right for you.
And we’ll help you apply for either SSI or SSDI benefits. Unlike many firms, we’ll file your application for you.
If you were denied, we’ll help you appeal.
You can start by getting a free evaluation of your case.