Frequently Asked Questions About SSI
At Binder & Binder®, the questions we get from clients or prospective clients vary greatly based on what stage of the Supplemental Security Income process people may have reached. The people who answer the phone calls in our information center get and answer numerous questions about SSI on a daily basis. These questions range from "Am I eligible for SSI?" to "How can I make ends meet?" Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.
Can someone win Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and not win Social Security Disability (SSD)?
Many people can receive both. The definition of disability is the same for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSD) and the appeals process is the same for both.
If you haven't worked recently, you may not be eligible for SSD. You may still get SSI if you can prove a recent disability and are poor. Alternatively, you could receive SSD and not get SSI. This usually happens when a person's income is too high to qualify for SSI.
What are the costs of filing for SSI?
The only expenses that any client has are the cost of medical reports from their doctors. There are no costs to file a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) application. At Binder & Binder®, we only get paid when you win.
How long does it take to get an initial decision on my SSI case?
Each state has a separate state agency that is responsible for making the initial medical determination on a Supplemental Security Income case. The amount of time depends on where you live. The time to wait in Illinois may be shorter than New York and longer than Washington State, for example.
What makes a case a good case?
The best cases are those where the medical and financial evidence is extremely strong. In particular, the strongest cases are those in which your doctor supplies a thorough narrative. At Binder & Binder®, we make sure your application is complete and accurate before submitting it to the Social Security Administration.
Do I need a lawyer to file for SSI?
You do not need an attorney to file an application for SSI benefits. The law allows individuals seeking benefits to employ non-legal advocates during the SSI claims and appeals process.
Have more questions? Talk with us.
If you have more questions for us, the best way to get answers is to talk with us at Binder & Binder®. Call us at 1-800-66-BINDER (1-800-662-4633) or complete our online contact form. We serve clients all over America — no matter where you live.