California Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Attorneys
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides needs-based benefits to people who are elderly, blind, or who have a disability recognized by the Social Security Administration. In many cases, this program is the only one available to people who do not have a long enough work history to qualify for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program.
Since SSI has strict income and asset restrictions that may prohibit some people from claiming these benefits, you should reach out to an attorney to determine your eligibility for SSI benefits. At LS Disability, our attorneys can evaluate your claim and then help you collect the necessary documentation to file as complete a claim as possible with the Social Security Administration.
There are some basic guidelines used by the SSI program to determine eligibility. For example, they define “elderly” as a person at least 65 years of age. To be “blind,” you must have 20/200 or less vision in your better eye when using a correcting lens. To meet the requirements for “disabled,” the Social Security Administration must diagnose you with a recognized physical or mental impairment.
Child Disability Benefits
In addition to adults, children may also be able to claim benefits from the Supplemental Security Income program. If a child has a medically determinable impairment that meets the definition for disability or blindness used by the program, they could qualify. For the purposes of the SSI, a child is anyone under the age of 18. Students count as children until they turn 22, as long as they regularly attend school.
While the definition for blindness is the same for children as it is for adults, the definition for disability is a little different. For a child to meet the requirements for disability, that child must have a physical or mental impairment that causes severe functional limitations. Even if they are married or heads of household, so long as applicants are under 18, they will still be under consideration for these benefits.
SSI benefits for children expire when a person turns 18 or, if they are a regular student, when a person turns 22. When a person is no longer considered a child by the SSI’s definition, they will need to be reevaluated as an adult in order to claim disability benefits through this program.
Consult with a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Attorney in California
If you would like to learn more about what financial assistance you may be eligible to claim under the Supplemental Security Income program, you should reach out to an attorney who can determine your eligibility. To speak with one of the attorneys at LS Disability about the details of your case, please call our offices at today. Our firm is proud to serve the people of California, and we are happy to help our clients work through the application process.