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Disability Law Offices of Tony Adderley

When You Are Denied Benefits

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: June 9, 2014
Speaking With Loved Ones About Social Security Disability

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides monthly benefits to those who meet both the financial and medical criteria. Eligibility for SSI requires having limited (or no) income and a medical condition that prevents you from working on a regular or continuing basis. Children with disabilities may also be able to receive monthly SSI benefits. If you live anywhere in southern California and you need to receive SSI payments, obtain help right away from an experienced Los Angeles Social Security attorney.

The monthly SSI payment a recipient may obtain is fixed. For 2014, the maximum benefit amount is $721. To be medically eligible for benefits, you must have a condition that prevents you from being able to work for a minimum of twelve months. Financially, if your personal income exceeds $2,000 a month, or if your income as a couple exceeds $3,000 a month, you may not be approved for SSI benefits. Southern California residents who are denied SSI benefits for failing to meet either the medical or financial requirements should appeal immediately with the help of an experienced Los Angeles Social Security attorney.

If your initial application for SSI benefits is denied, you have 60 days to file an appeal from the date of the denial. Contact a good Social Security lawyer as early as possible; he or she will need a little time to prepare your appeal. The process will be lengthier and even more complicated if you’ve already missed a deadline; you still have options, but help from an experienced Social Security attorney is imperative.

A good Social Security lawyer will exhaust every effort to win SSI benefits for you; at some point in the process, winning benefits may require more medical tests, closer scrutiny of your finances, or retaining expert testimony. If you need SSI benefits and believe you qualify, or if you’ve already been denied benefits or missed an appeal deadline, obtain the help you need to receive the benefits you deserve. Speak immediately with an experienced Los Angeles Social Security attorney.

About the Author Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for
individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s
compensation benefits for more than 20 years.