Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) consists of representation of people who are eligible for SSI. SSI eligibility may occur either because someone was a homemaker, has worked intermittently, or for some other reason, has not paid sufficient monies into the Social Security Trust Fund to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD). There are times when a claimant can receive both SSI and Social Security disability. The standard of disability for SSI is no different than the standard for Social Security disability (SSD a/k/a DIB). There are additional financial rules for qualifying for SSI. The rules are numerous and complex. One can safely say that if you have no income, and only a house and car to your name, you probably qualify financially.The easiest way to determine if you are eligibleis to actually apply and let them apply the rules to your specific situation. The information they will be looking for our is a list of all of your assets and a list of all of your income, including spouse and child assets and income.

One can be disabled for either mental, physical or both mental and physical reasons. Mental reasons can include bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder), depression and other mental illnesses. The physical illnesses and injuries that can entitle one to SSI are almost limitless. The traditional or common ones are low back pain, neck pain, leg pain, diabetic neuropathy, severe hypertension, heart disease, seizures, migraine headaches, and breathing disorders (emphysema, COPD and the like).

in order to apply for SSI, the best way is to complete the Adult Disability Report online at www.SSA.gov. The Adult Disability Report provides the Social Security administration information concerning your education, work history and medical treatment. In addition, you need to call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 and ask to set an appointment to apply for SSI. Normally, they will not take the application at the time you call. Rather, they will set an appointment to call you back or for you to appear at the local field office. When you go online there is a checklist that tells you what information you will need for the report. It is best to review the checklist, obtain the information and then complete the report. We at Freeman & Freeman are more than happy to assist you in the application process. The one thing that we cannot assist with is the SSI appointment by phone or in the office. We do assist you with the online application for SSD and completion of the Adult Disability Report. We have detailed instructions in regard to the SSI application.