Lawyers Skilled In Securing Supplemental Security Income
Every disabled person with a work history is eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Another fund exists to support people who are disabled, but have not contributed to Social Security over the years: Supplementary Security Income (SSI).
SSI, which also goes by the name Title 16, offers similar benefits as SSD, and is funded not by individual workers but from general funds — taxes. Many of the important features of SSI are identical as those in SSD.
SSI is available only to people with limited income and assets. It pays benefits to:
- Low-income people 65 or older
- Disabled adults (using the same definition for disabled that SSD uses)
- Disabled and blind children
Many people want to know why two separate programs exist. They are each a response to a separate problem. SSD was established in 1960, adding disability payments to existing retirement benefits.
SSI came later, when the federal government rounded up a number of different state agencies providing benefits to people with no working records. This new program was placed under the Social Security Administration.
Work With An Established, Experienced SSI Lawyer
SSI is not easy to get. Applications can take a long time getting through the different denials and appeals. Having an experienced law firm like O’Malley Tunstall PLLC on your side greatly increases your chances of success, and sooner rather than later.
If you wish to apply for Supplemental Security Income benefits, and are serious about obtaining them, talk to our attorneys about your claim. Write us or call O’Malley Tunstall PLLC of Raleigh, North Carolina, at 252-618-0078, 919-748-5440 or toll-free 855-975-2625.