There are millions of Americans, including many in Alabama, who are benefitting from the stability and growth we are seeing in the national economy. However, there are also some people who have never had a chance to participate in the workforce, oftentimes due to a physical or mental disability. For those individuals, applying to receive Supplemental Security Income may be their only shot to get much needed financial support.
SSI benefits are not like Social Security Disability benefits. To receive SSD benefits, applicants must have a sufficient work history, in addition to a disability, as that term is defined by the Social Security Administration. Those who find that they need to apply for SSI benefits, on the other hand, usually have limited or no work history and, therefore, would not qualify to receive SSD benefits.
When Alabama residents apply to attempt to get approved to receive SSI benefits, they need to make sure that their initial applications are rock-solid. The lack of work history must be evident, as must be the reason for the lack of ability to work, which would be the person’s disability. Also, individuals who are 65-years-old or older may also qualify to receive SSI benefits if they have limited financial resources.
At our law firm, we work with Alabama residents who believe they may qualify to receive SSI benefits, but who may not know where to start on the application process. Following the right approach to applying for these benefits can make the difference when it comes to getting much needed financial resources. For more information, please visit the Supplemental Security Income overview section of our law firm’s website.