According to DisabilitySecrets.com, if you have not worked long enough when you become disabled and have low income and assets, you can apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), instead of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
SSI is available to individuals who have either never worked or who have not accrued enough work credits to qualify for SSDI.
SSI is also available to individuals who once worked and were eligible to receive SSDI but are now no longer eligible because they haven’t worked in a long time.
If you’re not capable of returning to your previous work, you’ll be evaluated to determine if you’re able to perform other work, given your age, education, and skills.
Except in the most clear-cut cases, the SSI disability process is a fairly difficult one. Most SSI applications are initially denied.
To win most SSI claims, you have to be willing to appeal the initial decision and go to a hearing. Having a lawyer can make a difference.
If your SSI case has been denied by the Social Security Administration, you should probably consider finding a lawyer to represent you at the hearing. The lawyer will help organize your medical records and get the evidence you need to prove that your medical impairments are disabling.
If you or someone you know needs help with Supplemental Security Income benefits, contact the disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.