Supplemental Security Income

If you can't work due to disability, disease or injury and don't know where to turn, rest assured-you've come to the right place. We know how hard times have been for so many of our nations residents, especially the elderly, infirm and people who got laid off or lost their job in the recent economic downturn. Your financial hardship may make you eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, and we will help you get them.

SSI disability comes from the federal government. If you find yourself unable to engage in any activity that allows you to financially provide for yourself, you may be able to receive SSI. We can help you navigate this process of receiving SSI benefits to get fair treatment and benefits. This assistance program is for low-income individuals and we can determine if you are entitled.

Unfortunately in 2008, only 30.5 percent of all Social Security Disability claims nationwide were approved after the initial application with an average waiting period of 106 days (about 3.5 months). While many of the denials may have been legitimate, others were due to people not completing the forms completely, accurately or compellingly. An attorney who is experienced in Social Security Disability Law might be able to help clients make the strongest case possible for their disability claims.

With more than 15 years of experience handling Supplemental Security Income claims the Alabama Supplemental Security Income attorneys at J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, will take on your case and fight the government for your benefits at any stage in your SSI application. Contact us today for a free initial consultation at (334) 356-1925, or toll free at (855)-94J-CLAY or fill out our online contact form. Don't fight the government alone. Let us put our decades of experience and knowledge to work for you.

About Supplemental Security Income Claims
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is designed to provide a basic income for low-income disabled people who have never been able to work, or who have not worked long enough to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Your eligibility for SSI benefits depends on your income and resources, or things that you own. Certain income may not be included in your total amount, and factors such as marital status and student status may affect eligibility as well. "Income" for SSI eligibility purposes includes any money you earn from working, pensions, Social Security benefits, alimony, child support and food and shelter. However, in determining your income level, the government does not consider:
  • The first $20 a month of most income you receive;
  • The first $65 a month you earn from working and half the amount over $65;
  • Food stamps;
  • Shelter from private nonprofits; and
  • Most home energy assistance.
SSI rules allow an individual to own up to $2,000 worth of resources and still be entitled to benefits. Excluded from that amount is the value of your home, certain life insurance policies, your car (usually) and burial plots or burial funds.

Although the rules might seem clear-cut, in practice it is often difficult to get the SSI benefits you deserve. The application process can be very complex and frustrating, and the layers of bureaucracy lead many people to simply give up. That's where a skilled Alabama SSI benefits lawyer, such as the ones at J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, can help.

Being denied SSI benefits is not unusual - more than half of all applications are rejected at first - and it is by no means the end of the fight. The experienced Alabama SSI attorneys at J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, can prepare all of the paperwork necessary to document your disability and income/resources qualifications to give you a better shot at initial approval. We are also knowledgeable about the appeals process and are there to fight for you throughout each level of the appeal, going all the way to federal court if necessary.

Even if you have already been denied SSI benefits, you shouldn't give up. It's not too late to contact a Alabama SSI attorney at J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, to handle your appeals. Our Alabama SSI lawyers can also help you if the government is threatening to cut off or reduce your SSI benefits.

The SSI application process can be long and confusing. Let us deal with the government for you while you concentrate on your health. At J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, we will fight hard on your behalf.

What Are The Attorney Fees?

Attorney fees in SSI cases are based on a percentage of any sum recovered, with a maximum fee amount established by the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration must approve any attorney fee requests.

If our Social Security Disability lawyers agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if you recover money on your claim.

Contact an experienced SSI Attorney Today
If you or a loved one needs legal assistance with a Supplemental Security Income claim, Call J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, (334) 356-1925, or toll free at (855)-94J-CLAY or use our online contact form for a free, no-obligation initial consultation.