What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Our Portland Supplement Security Income lawyer Richard A. Sly is dedicated helping people secure the SSI benefits they need and deserve.

Our Portland Supplement Security Income lawyer Richard A. Sly is dedicated helping people secure the SSI benefits they need and deserve.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) refers to the benefits paid out by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to people who have limited income and resources and who are:

  • Disabled and/or blind adults
  • Disabled and/or blind children (i.e., are younger than 18 years old)
  • 65 years old or older
  • U.S. citizens or nationals or who fall into a certain categories of aliens.

For the purposes of securing SSI benefits, the SSA has created the following specific definitions:

  • Limited income refers to the total amount of income a person has from money he has earned from working, from other government (or private) benefits he may receive and from free resources (like food or shelter) he may receive.
  • Blindness is specifically defined as having a visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye when corrective lenses are used.
  • Disability is uniquely defined depending on the nature of the applicant and his specific condition. For example, the standards for proving a disability for an adult applicant are generally the same as those associated with Social Security disability benefits; however, the SSA has unique standards for SSI versus disability benefits for applicants who are younger than 18 years old.

Additional Requirements for Supplemental Security Income Benefits

Additionally, in order to qualify for SSI benefits, applicants have to:

  • Reside in one of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia or the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Not be outside of the U.S. for one full calendar month or more (or for 30 consecutive days or more)
  • Apply for any other monetary benefits to which they may be entitled (These can include other Social Security benefits, pensions, etc.)
  • Complete and submit the necessary application, along with any other requested documentation or evidence
  • Comply with any other requirements the SSA has set forth.

Help with Your SSI Claim

Given all of the requirements the SSA has set forth for obtaining SSI benefits, the application and associated process can be extremely complicated, and one wrong move at any stage of the process can result in:

  • Unnecessary, prolonged delays of your case, which can compound any financial burdens you may be dealing with
  • An outright denial of your claim.

As a result, if you are in need of Supplemental Security Income benefits, it’s crucial that you work with an experienced lawyer who can facilitate and expedite the process so that you have the best chances of obtaining the benefits you need and deserve.

Portland Supplemental Security Income Lawyer at the Law Firm of Richard A. Sly

Portland Supplemental Security Income lawyer Richard A. Sly has been helping his clients obtain the maximum possible SSI and disability benefits for more than 30 years. While he is skilled at building his clients the strongest possible cases so that they have optimal chances of securing benefits the first time they present their case, he also has a proven track record of success when it comes to handling denials or appeals.

Richard A. Sly and his team of skilled legal professionals are committed to working tirelessly to help each of their clients secure the benefits to which they are entitled, and they will work diligently for as long as it takes to ensure that they are able to obtain the best possible outcomes for their clients’ cases.

Let’s Talk

To discuss your case, learn more about your options and get your claim started at no upfront cost, call us toll free at 503-224-0436 or email us using the form on the upper right side of this page. We offer free initial consultations, are conveniently located in downtown Portland near public transportation, and serve clients throughout the states of Washington and Oregon.