Framingham Supplemental Security Income Lawyer
When you are unable to work due to a serious injury, illness, or disability, you might be entitled to SSI benefits. Get the help you need from an experienced Framingham supplemental security income attorney.
Many people struggle to make ends meet after being diagnosed with a disabling condition. Supporting yourself and your family can feel nearly impossible when you’re unable to earn a living due to your disability. What can you do?
Fortunately, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides financial assistance to those in need. However, getting approved for these benefits is often more challenging than you’re prepared for.
A Framingham supplemental security income lawyer at Joel H. Schwartz, PC is qualified to help you get your claim approved. If you have already been denied benefits, we can help to overturn your denied claim. When you work with our firm, we’ll do whatever we can to ensure that you begin collecting the benefits you need.
Getting Approved for SSI
To be approved for SSI benefits, you must meet specific criteria, as not everyone who applies is eligible. In order to get your claim approved, you’ll need to be a U.S. citizen who is at least 65 years of age, or suffering from a disabling condition such as blindness.
In addition, your household income will need to fall below the Social Security Administration’s monthly threshold of $1,125 for a married couple or $750 for an individual. You’ll also need to have few assets to your name including owning property, vehicles, or money in your savings and checking accounts.
Even when you meet the above criteria, your claim might still be denied. A significant number of claimants need to appeal an initial denial before eventually getting an approval.
Appeal a Denied SSI Claim
When you receive a denial letter, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the end of the road for your claim. You can appeal your case at four different levels to obtain approval. First, you can file a reconsideration request where another SSA employee will examine your case further.
When a claim denial is upheld at this level, it’s time to request a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ). It will be up to the ALJ to again review your case and determine whether you qualify for SSI benefits as per the SSI laws and regulations. Most denials are resolved at this level of appeals.
You will have the opportunity to send your case to the appeals council for review if the ALJ upholds a denial, but the appeals council reserves the right to deny your hearing request if they believe the ALJ’s verdict was fair and reasonable.
Should this happen to you, or if the appeals council still denies your claim, your lawyer can bring your case to court for a federal review. Your attorney will be by your side every step of the way, working vigorously to get your claim approved.
Consult a Framingham Supplemental Security Income Attorney
If you need help getting your claim approved, or your SSI denial reversed, consult a knowledgeable Framingham supplemental security income lawyer at Joel H. Schwartz, PC. Those with a disabling condition can claim a free case evaluation today by giving our office a call at 1-800-660-2270 or by completing the quick contact form below.