The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. It is designed to help aged, blind and disabled people who have little or no income to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter.

Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI), like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), has a two-part test in order to qualify for benefits. Both parts have the same kinds of disability requirements, but SSI is a needs-based program.

To receive SSI benefits, claimants cannot have more than a certain amount of assets or income. And if the claimant lives with other family members or individuals who contribute to the household, he or she will probably receive reduced benefits.

If someone is able to meet the monetary/asset requirements of the test, he still has to demonstrate his disability and show how this disability prevents him from securing employment. Many of these types of claims (approximately two-thirds), whether filed online or in person, are rejected. This initial rejection is far from unusual, but winning on appeal without an attorney who specializes in Social Security law is very difficult. If you believe you may be entitled to SSI benefits, it’s important to find an attorney who can understand your situation and work toward winning you benefits.

Portland SSI Lawyer

For over 15 years, we at Tucker & Boklage, PLLC, have been helping SSI claimants at every stage of their application, from determining and proving disability to filing a claim and working on the appeals process.

To discuss any aspect of your SSI case with a Washington Supplemental Security Income attorney at a free initial consultation, call 360-260-2566 or e-mail us here.