Our Augusta Social Security Disability attorney from Wilkinson & Magruder LLP understands that everyone who is qualified for disability benefits is not necessarily qualified for standard Social Security Disability Insurance, commonly called SSDI. Other individuals who qualify per their particular disability and asset level can receive Supplemental Security Income, commonly termed as SSI. In certain situations, winning an SSI claim is the same process as winning a SSDI approval according to the federal government rules of disability determination, but the criteria for qualification and the asset allowances differ greatly. Having a reputable disability attorney means that you can still be approved for a disability claim benefit under either program if there is solid medical evidence supporting the claim your Augusta Social Security disability attorney will present to the Social Security Administration.
The rules governing SSI are much different from those governing SSDI. SSDI is awarded based on Social Security tax receipts and the number of approved quarters in your work record during the past ten years. Those disabled individuals who do not qualify for SSDI can still receive SSI benefits, but their countable individuals assets must be under $2000 dollars with a few major exceptions. An SSI awardee can own a home of any value or a vehicle of any value if it is used to commute to work or meet medical needs. This is a significant allowance for those with discounted assets. Other disabled individuals can still own a vehicle of a specific value, but actual cash in a bank account must be under the $2000 limit.
Earning allowances are different for SSI recipients as well, as SSDI recipients can earn considerably more money before their benefits are reduced. The first $20 of any income is not counted for SSI recipients, as well as the next $65 of earned income. After the initial discount, half of any countable income is also discounted before any benefit deductions are initiated. Having an experienced Augusta Social Security disability attorney representing your case means that you can abide and qualify according to all SSA rules while receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits based on your specified disabilities.
Dual Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Income Benefits
There are some cases when the disabled applicant is eligible to receive both SSI and SSDI. This occurs when the SSDI benefit amount is below the standard amount of SSI. The disabled claimant will be awarded the balance between the two program allowances, and many times will also be awarded full medial coverage without having to follow Medicare guidelines. This is a significant benefit that your disability attorney can ensure.
Contact an Experienced Augusta Social Security Disability Attorney
Having a solid disability attorney like Wilkinson & Magruder LLP representing your case means that you will understand and qualify for disability according to all SSA rules while receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits based on your specified disabilities. Call them today at (706) 737-0771 and let them evaluate your disability claim.