Every year, thousands of people apply for SSI benefits only to be denied. These denials usually occur because applicants did not meet the eligibility requirements or because they did not provide the proper documentation.
To qualify for SSI, a person must be blind or disabled and have limited income. In the context of SSI, a person is considered disabled if they have “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.”
If you are considering applying for SSI benefits and have questions about Alpharetta SSI eligibility, consider speaking with an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer. In addition, if the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied your application for SSI benefits, our team of Social Security attorneys could help you file an appeal and potentially secure the benefits you deserve.
One of the hardest parts of determining Alpharetta SSI eligibility is determining if a person truly has a medical disability. This requires demonstrating both a relevant medical diagnosis and treatment, as well as the impact the disability has on the applicant’s life.
When considering an SSI application, the SSA looks for evidence of the claimed disability and whether it renders an individual unable to do any substantial gainful activity. For example, if an individual suffers a loss of function in their arm due to an accident but can still work, they would not be considered eligible for SSI benefits. Furthermore, the condition must be expected to last for at least 12 months and continuously impact that individual.
In addition to meeting the disability requirement, another important component of SSI eligibility in Alpharetta is demonstrating that an applicant meets the financial criteria. In order to be eligible for SSI benefits in Alpharetta, a person cannot have more than $2,000 in countable assets. The Social Security Administration takes bank accounts, cars, homes, and other assets under consideration to determine if an individual meets this threshold.
There is also an income limit an individual cannot pass if they want to be considered for Alpharetta SSI eligibility. The income limit is currently set at $750 per month for an individual and $1,125 per month for a couple.
However, not all income is considered income in the context of SSI. Therefore, an individual or couple may make more than the threshold yet still qualify for SSI benefits. The SSI considers money earned from work, money received in kind, money received from sources such as workers’ compensation or Veterans benefits, and line items such as free food and shelter to count towards income for the purposes of SSI eligibility.
The Social Security Administration rejects a vast majority of the people who apply for SSI benefits in Alpharetta. In fact, the SSA’s own statistics show that they only approved 42 percent of applicants who applied for SSI benefits in 2017.
If you have questions about Alpharetta SSI eligibility or are a first-time applicant, consider speaking with an experienced Social Security lawyer who has a record of helping appeal denials to secure SSI benefits. Call today to speak to one of our team members about your eligibility for SSI benefits.
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