The Social Security program in America is designed to provide enough finances to individuals that are unable to work to have an appropriate quality of life. Applying for Social Security disability (SSI) benefits requires a number of different kinds of documentation. Most of these required documents are medical records showing that an individual is unable to work, however there are various other information that you can use to support an application claim.
The first is proof of low income. Physical disability combined with a low household income generally is enough to qualify someone for the needs-based benefits of the SSI program. This can be proven by presenting W2’s or other tax-related documents, as well as sufficient pay stubs or similar documentation from an employer. If a person isn’t working, proof of this may also help, although this makes a stronger case for unemployment benefits rather than SSI.
If the person that is applying for benefits has worked before in the past, prior to becoming disabled, that is also something that can be used to one’s benefit when applying for SSI. This may not be relevant for everyone, but the longer that a person has worked, the greater the chance the requirements for SSI are met. If a person has never worked due to a disability, it is not impossible to collect, but it is a great boon.
If you or someone you know has applied and been rejected for Social Security disability benefits, there is still a process that can be undergone to apply. To learn about how we at the Franco Law Firm can help you through that process, please call us at (813) 872-0929.