Experienced Brandon Social Security disability attorneys help Floridians obtain needed financial support

Worry about financial security is a common concern among many Americans. But for seniors and those living with a disability, the strain can be especially acute. Limited ability to work and the cost of care can seriously impact senior and disabled American’s ability to make ends meet. For many, supplemental income from Social Security would be an essential component of the monthly budget. But not everyone qualifies for supplemental income, and those that do must complete a complex application process.

Many U.S. citizens over the age of 65 qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) regardless of their ability to work. For those under the age of 65 living with a disability, the answer is more complex. SSI is available to people whose disability is both long-term, and prevents them from obtaining gainful employment. These requirements seem simple enough, and you know first hand how difficult it is to live with your disability. But you will also need to demonstrate it to the satisfaction of the Social Security Administration (SSA).  Sometimes, it can be difficult to show how your disability impacts you, and many people don’t want to look like they are complaining.  But to have the best chance of success, it is essential that your initial application is as complete as possible, and provides detailed support for the ways you are limited by your disability on a daily basis. The more medical records, work documentation, and evidence from your home and social life you can provide, the better! If your initial application is rejected, you will need to request an appeal hearing with an SSA administrative law judge. The appeal process takes time and can be intense, so it is important to avoid it if possible by putting your best claim forward in your initial application.

Unlike disability benefits, supplemental income is based solely on need and you can qualify regardless of whether you have enough work credits. However, if you meet the income requirements and have enough work credits, it is possible to both qualify for disability benefits and be eligible to receive supplemental income. In evaluating your need, the Social Security Administration will look at both your assets and how much you earn. We will evaluate your entire financial picture to help you determine your eligibility and how much you are likely to receive.

Though it is meant to be a lifeline for Americans with disabilities, the law governing SSI can be difficult to understand and even tougher to navigate. It can be even more stressful knowing you need the money to support yourself. At the Golden Law Group, our skilled Social Security disability attorneys take a detail-oriented approach to ensure you have the best chance of success.  We know the local SSA landscape, and are committed to steering you through each step of the process. Call us at 813-375-0098 or contact us online for a free consultation.  We have offices located in Brandon and Bradenton for your convenience.