Supplemental Security Income Attorneys

Are Social Security Disability Benefits Available For Children?

by Staff | June 11th, 2014

When we think of Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income, we imagine the programs are typically used for older adults who are unable to continue working due to an injury or poor health; however, it’s important to remember that children may be able to benefit from these programs as well.

The Social Security Administration (SSA), offers Social Security Disability to adults who meet the agency’s definitions of disabled. They must have worked and paid into the system long enough to collect. Children can only collect these benefits once they reach adulthood and can show they have suffered from a disabling condition since before the age of 22-years-old.

On the other hand, children with disabilities may be able to qualify for Supplemental Security Income at any age. The child must meet certain income and health standards in order to qualify for these benefits though, including:

  • The child must bring in less than $1,070 per month in income.
  • The child’s condition must result in “marked and severe functional limitations”.
  • The condition must have persisted for at least the past 12 months.

Even under a best-case scenario, it could still take between three to five months for a decision to be reached on the approval or denial of a SSI claim, which is why it’s crucial to have legal representation by your side throughout the filing process.

At the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Supplemental Security Income attorneys can help walk you through each step of the claims process while answering each of your questions along the way. So give us a call if your child is suffering from a disabling condition and is in need of financial assistance through the federal disability program.

3 Factors Used In Determining Supplemental Security Income Benefits

by Staff | January 22nd, 2014

January 22, 2014

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans apply to receive Supplemental Security Income due to a lack of other resources. Large portions of these claims are denied though. This leaves many applicants wondering what the most common Supplemental Security Income Denial Factors are.

In order to receive these benefits, a claimant must first meet three standards. These include having limited amounts of:

  • Assets– A claimant can have no more than a total of $2,000 in resources. This includes cash, property, and vehicles.
  • Income– Recipients of supplemental income can make no more money than the allowable limit. Factors used to figure total income include earned income, unearned income, the amount of food or shelter that the claimant receives for free or discount, and a spouse’s income.
  • Living Arrangements– Factors such as if a residence is being rented or purchased, if a claimant is hospitalized, institutionalized, or are living in a long-term care facility will each be used to determine a claimants benefit total.

If the Social Security Administration decides to deny an individual’s claim based off these factors, the claimant has a right to appeal the decision.

The Supplemental Security Income Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of how complex the appeal process can be. That is why the firm urges anyone who has had a Supplemental Security Income claim denied to speak with a reputable attorney immediately.

What Are The Qualifications For Supplemental Security Income Eligibility?

by Staff | July 15th, 2013

July 15, 2013

Many disabled Americans struggle to make ends meet. While many are able to receive Social Security Disability, the Social Security Administration denies more than 70 percent of initial claims. Even still, many who are lucky enough to have their disability claim approved still do not pull in enough benefits to cover everyday living expenses.

This is where Supplemental Security Income can come into play, but many question what the standards for Supplemental Security Income Eligibility may be.

First, it is important to examine exactly what Supplemental Security Income is. The benefit is provided to those who are 65-years-of-age or older, who are blind, or who are disabled. Furthermore, an individual must have limited sources of income and income resources.

An individual may not have income resources totaling more than $2,000, while a couple may only have resources of no more than $3,000. Personal items, such as homes, cars, clothing, and furniture are not used to figure a claimant’s resources.

A person may still qualify for SSI if they own a piece of valuable property they are trying to sell as well.

Once approved, these benefits will continue to be paid to a claimant until their living situation changes.

The Supplemental Security Income Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize the intricacies of the laws overseeing Supplemental Security Income claims and may be able to help if you are considering applying for such benefits or have a claim that was denied in the past.

Supplemental Security Income: What Is It and How To Get It

by Staff | June 17th, 2013

June 14, 2013

There are currently more than 57 million American who receive some sort of Social Security Benefit. For many of those individuals though, especially the disabled, those benefits may not be enough money to make ends meet.

In order to battle this problem and help those who are in need get the assistance they require, the federal government created a program called Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The program provides monetary support for basic living necessities to the elderly, blind, and disabled.

Many people are curious as to how to determine if they are eligible for such benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool on their webpage. It can be used to determine if an individual may qualify for such benefits by the applicant providing answers to a set of questions.

Several factors may play a part in a claimant’s eligibility though. Some of those factors may include an individual’s assets, income, or amount of money they have saved.

If a person believes they may be able to receive SSI benefits, they should then begin the application process immediately.

The Supplemental Security Income Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out the process for having a claim approved can be quite complex. The firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if you are considering applying for SSI benefits or have had a claim denied in the past.