Applying for Social Security Income (SSI) can be a daunting task, but with the right preparation and knowledge, you can increase your chances of getting approved and avoid being denied. Here are some steps to take when applying for SSI.

Step 1: Determine If You Meet the Eligibility Requirements

The first step in applying for SSI is determining if you meet the eligibility requirements. SSI is a needs-based program, which means it is available for those with limited income and resources to qualify. In addition, you must be disabled, blind, over the age of 65, or have a qualifying medical condition. Medical conditions that qualify for SSI may include:

  • Blindness
  • Cancer
  • Back injury
  • Kidney disease
  • Genitourinary issues
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Digestive tract problems
  • Vision loss
  • Hearing loss
  • Skin disorders
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Immune disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Mental disorders
  • Various syndromes
  • Hematological disorders

For more specific information about what conditions qualify for adults and children, you can visit the SSA website. 

Step 2: Gather the Necessary Information

To apply for SSI, you will need to provide the SSA with a variety of information, including:

  • Personal information, such as your name, date of birth, and Social Security number.
  • Information about your living situation, such as your address and household composition.
  • Information about your income and resources, including bank account statements and tax returns.
  • Information about your medical condition and treatment history.

Gathering all of this information ahead of time can help you streamline the application process and avoid delays.

Step 3: File An Application

Once you have gathered all of the necessary information, you can start the process online or contact your local Social Security office. Typically, the entire SSI Application can not be filed online, but once your information is submitted your application date is protected and it will signal the SSA to contact you. If you would like assistance in applying for SSI, an experienced disability attorney can help. 

Step 4: Follow Up With the SSA

After you submit your application, it is important to follow up with the SSA to make sure that your application is complete and being processed. The SSA may need additional information or documentation from you, and following up can help ensure that your application is processed in a timely manner.

Step 5: Be Prepared for a Decision

Once the SSA has reviewed your application, they will make a decision about whether or not you are eligible for SSI. If you are approved, you will begin receiving monthly payments. If you are denied, you have the right to appeal the decision.

How to Increased Your Chances of SSI Approval

To increase your chances of being approved for SSI, there are several things you can do:

  • Be honest and accurate when filling out your application. Make sure that all of the information you provide is truthful and complete.
  • Provide detailed information about your medical condition and treatment history to help the SSA understand the severity of your condition and how it affects your ability to work.
  • Keep track of your application status and follow up with the SSA if necessary. This will help you stay on top of any issues or delays that may arise.
  • Consider working with an experienced disability attorney. An attorney can help you navigate the application process and increase your chances of being approved.

Contact a Disability Attorney for Help

Applying for SSI can be a complex and time-consuming process, but by following these steps and being prepared, you can avoid the chances of being denied. Our disability attorneys have years of experience assisting in the application and appeals process for disability benefits. Reach out today to schedule a consultation or to get started in applying for SSI.