There are dos and don’ts when applying for SSI

by Mar 5, 2015

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People who are unable to work due to age, blindness or disability can face enormous obstacles in their everyday lives. On a regular basis, they need to deal with doctor’s visits, medical concerns and limitations that require help from others. On top of all this, many people also face financial obstacles because their care needs are significant but they can’t work and earn an income.

If this sounds like something you or a loved one is going through, you are not without options. In fact, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income which can provide critical financial support to those who are eligible.

SSI payments are essentially funds available to people with low or no income who are also disabled, older than 65 or blind. It is important to understand that there are things that people seeking these benefits should and should not do.


  • Understand that your condition must be serious and be included on the Social Security Administration’s listing of impairments
  • Have all your contact information, work history and medical documentation ready 
  • Meet citizenship requirements
  • Have thorough and accurate information on your income and resources

Do not:

  • Assume you are powerless
  • Have an individual income level of more than $2,000
  • Over or underestimate how much money you may receive. In general, an individual will receive no more than $721 per month
  • Be surprised if your application is initially denied; many are and that is why the appeals process is in place
  • Get discouraged by the complicated system
  • Be scared to ask for help and legal support

We hope that these lists will make it easier for people to understand how they can access benefits for which they are eligible. However, we know that the situation is much more complex than this. Whether you have questions about SSI for yourself or on behalf of a loved one, the attorneys at our firm are prepared to answer those questions and explain your options. Visit our website to learn about our experience and approach in this area.