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Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income
The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two forms of benefits for disabled people who can't work. You may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income if you have a serious injury or illness that keeps you from working. This page discusses how to qualify for SSI benefits, also known as Supplemental Security Income.
To qualify for Supplemental Security Income benefits, a person must:
- have a physical or mental disability that prevents them from engaging in "substantial gainful activity" (SGA)
- have a condition that is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death
- be under the age of 65
- have limited income and resources as determined by the SSA
Past SGA amounts are listed at the Social Security Administration's website.
"Limited resources" means that the added value of cash, bank accounts, land, vehicles, personal property, insurance, and other possessions cannot exceed a certain value. For individuals, this is $2,000. For couples, it is $3,000.
There are different injuries or illnesses that can keep a person from working and earning an income. The Social Security Administration has a list of qualifying ailments, including:
- respiratory conditions
- cardiovascular conditions
- autoimmune disorders
- endocrine disorders
- neurological conditions
- mental health disorders
- musculoskeletal issues
There are many ailments included in the "Blue Book," but yours doesn't have to be included to qualify for disability benefits. If you can demonstrate that you have a disorder, injury, or illness that keeps you from working and earning enough income for yourself or your family, you can apply for benefits.
The Coye Law Disability Center helps people appeal their denied disability claims. After you've made an initial application and received an unfavorable decision, call our offices to set up a free consultation with an accomplished attorney.
If you qualified, applied, and were denied SSI benefits, call our office as soon as you can. A request for an appeal must be filed within 60 days of being denied. The Coye Law Firm is dedicated to working for the rights of people coping with a disabling injury or condition. Contact us as soon as possible to begin a disability benefits appeal.