Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Claims
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are from a federal program administered by Social Security. SSI benefits are not based on a worker’s earnings. The SSI program provides a cash benefit to individuals who have limited income and resources, are age 65 or older, are blind, or are disabled. Disabled or blind children may also receive SSI benefits. SSI benefits are not retroactive, meaning benefits can only be paid after the month of application or the month when you first become eligible and meet Social Security requirements.
The SSI benefit amount in 2022 is $841. Sometimes an insured claimant can receive both SSI and SSDI if certain requirements are met. The SSI benefit amount may be reduced if you are receiving support from others or earning income. Social Security looks at your income and resources and may deem another’s income and resources to you, thereby reducing your SSI benefit.
Attorneys at Martone Law Firm are experienced in assisting claimants applying for SSI benefits. We can provide information needed to make sure you are getting the maximum amount of SSI benefits you qualify for without any unnecessary reductions. Contact Martone Law Firm today with your questions about qualifying for SSI.SSI for Disabled Children
A child may be eligible for SSI benefits if he or she is either blind or disabled. A child is a person who is not married, not a head of household, and is under the age of 18, or is under the age of 22 and is a student regularly attending school. The income and resources of the child are considered as well as the income and resources of the family members the child lives with. If the income and resource limits are met, the child must prove marked and severe functional limitations that have lasted for 12 months, is expected to last for 12 months or more, or is expected to result in death.
A child applying for SSI does not prove inability to work. Instead, Social Security reviews the severity of the impairments and compares the applicant’s ability to function compared to others the same age without impairments. In addition to medical records, school records including teacher questionnaires are considered in evaluating the child’s level of impairment.
When a child turns 18, Social Security uses the rules for adults in evaluating whether he or she is disabled. If the child began receiving disability benefits before age 18, their case will be reviewed using the adult disability rules once he or she attains 18 years of age.
Attorneys at Martone Law Firm have experience representing children claiming SSI benefits. We can assist the parent or guardian with gathering all the necessary information to support their child’s claim for SSI, including carefully preparing an older child to attend an administrative hearing. Contact Martone Law Firm today for information on your child’s claim for SSI benefits.