Fall River Disability Lawyer
Advice From Our Fall River Disability Lawyer
Income, as defined by the SSA, is money you receive such as wages, Social Security benefits, and pensions. Income also includes such things as food and shelter. The amount of income you can receive each month and still get SSI depends partly on where you live. Income reporting will not stop at the application stage, you must report all income while you are receiving SSI benefits.
Resources are things you own, including real estate, bank accounts, cash, stocks, and bonds. You may be able to get SSI if your resources are worth no more than $2,000. A couple may be able to get SSI if they have resources worth no more than $3,000. When calculating resources, Social Security does not count: the home you live in and the land it is on; life insurance policies with a face values of $1,500 or less; your car (usually); burial plots for you and members of your immediate family; and up to $1,500 in burial funds for you and up to $1,500 in burial funds for your spouse.
If you are married, Social Security also includes part of your spouse’s income and resources when deciding whether you qualify for SSI. If you are younger than age 18, your parents’ incomes and resources are considered.
Unlike SSDI, SSI applications cannot be made online. You will need to file the application with Social Security over the phone or in person at your local Social Security office. At Rob Levine and Associates, we can contact Social Security and make arrangements for you to file your SSI application. We recommend scheduling a telephone appointment so that you are not inconvenienced by having to travel to the office. We’ll take care of you.
An Attorney Deals With Your Disability Claim
Questions They Will Ask
- Does the impairment (or combo of impairments) keep you from being able to perform full-time work? If CMT is working, then he/she will be found not disabled at this step, regardless of the seriousness of the diagnosis.
- Is the impairment severe, and is it expected to remain severe for at least 12 months, or result in death? This is the step knocks out CMTs with short-term diagnoses (i.e., a surgery where the recovery is not expected to take a year).
- Does the impairment meet or equal one of Social Security’s Listings? (In order to make sure claims are adjudicated similarly around the country, SSA has developed criteria, called Listings, for various diagnoses.) If a claimant meets a Listing, then they are approved for benefits and no further inquiry is made. The Listing requirements are VERY high, and a claimant can still win their case even if they don’t meet Listing-level severity.
- Does the impairment prevent you from performing any job that you performed in the last 15 years? Here, the burden is on us to show that our client is not able to do any of the jobs he/she did in the last 15 yrs.
- Does the impairment prevent you from being able to perform any other work? At this step, the burden shifts to SSA to identify other work that is available in significant numbers that the applicant can perform in spite of limitations determined by the ALJ. Disability Determination Services and Administrative Law Judges use vocational experts familiar with job requirements to assess whether jobs exist which can be be performed.
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