Social Security Denial

What Is Supplemental Security Income?

by Staff | March 13th, 2013

March 13, 2013

For thousands of Americans who are unable to work due to a disability, Social Security benefits may not be enough to make ends meet. To address this issue, the Social Security Administration created a program called Supplemental Security Income to help fill certain financial gaps.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the program is offered to anyone who is disabled, blind, or over the age of 65. The individual must be a resident of the United States and citizenship is required, except for certain categories of aliens.

A claimant can receive up to $710 per month in benefits. The total jumps to $1,066 for a married couple. Dependents of beneficiaries can also receive up to $356 per month.

On top of the monetary benefits a claimant will receive from Supplemental Security Income, an approval for these benefits could also give a claimant access to other programs as well, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The total amount of benefits an individual will receive once approved is determined by that person’s non-Social Security related income.

As with any other Social Security application, a majority of claims are initially denied by the agency; however, an individual has a right to appeal the decision.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin urge anyone who is preparing to file a claim for benefits or has a claim that has been denied to contact their team of qualified attorneys to discuss your legal rights.

Woman Denied Social Security Benefits After Receiving Breast Cancer Diagnosis

by Staff | February 1st, 2013

February 1, 2013

A Portland, Oregon, woman is reportedly struggling to make ends meet after being diagnosed with breast cancer and having her claim for Social Security Disability benefits denied.

The woman’s story, released by KATU News, began in October 2010 after a lump was found in her breast. She underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy to destroy the cancerous cells that were lingering in her body, but would later have to undergo two more emergency surgeries as well. The treatments left the woman with limited mobility in her arms that she says has affected her ability to go back to work, despite her cancer being considered in remission.

Throughout the three years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has repeatedly denied her application for Social Security Disability benefits on the grounds that her condition does not impede her ability to work. The woman is now faced with potentially losing her residence and being homeless since she is unable to work and pay her bills.

She has started a petition asking local lawmakers to work to change disability policies to allow those suffering from certain cancers to receive benefits in a timelier manner. Her move comes on the heels of the Social Security Administration adopting dozens of conditions under the Compassionate Allowances program that offers a fast-track approval for those afflicted with a seriously debilitating condition.

The SSDI Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin applaud the woman’s efforts and hope she is successful in implementing the policy change.