Claiming SSI Benefits

Claiming SSI Benefits Lawyer Tampa, Florida

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a federally run system that awards a certain amount of money to individuals whose disabilities prevent them from working and obtaining a normal income. The amount of benefits given by the SSI program and who is accepted by the program are dependent on the income of the applicant. Obviously, the system favors lower income individuals and families and grants them more money to compensate.

When should a person try to claim SSI benefits? A person can apply at any time for benefits, however he or she should as soon as the disability manifests itself. If the disability is caused by a traumatic accident or a crippling or degenerative disease, then as soon as possible after the incident or the diagnosis is given should be when the application process is begun. That being said, SSI benefits can only be paid after five full calendar months from when the disability began. However, the application can take time to process, so it would be prudent to begin filling as soon as possible.

After an application is accepted, benefits can be claimed immediately. If an application is denied, then an appeal process may begin to overturn the rejection and claim benefits regardless. In some circumstances, a person may be eligible to retroactively receive the benefits that he or she would have while the application was being processed if it was initially denied, however this is considered on a case by case basis. In general however, and certainly in the state of Florida, an overturned rejection means that benefits can be claimed if it is eventually won.

If you or someone you know has had an application rejected by the Social Security Administration, then it is fully within your rights to try to appeal it. When appealing, and later on to help the funds be dispensed in the most effective manner, having an attorney who is fluent in SSI regulations and the appeal process is a vital asset to have and drastically increases the chances of your case being won. At the Franco Law Firm, we have been helping Tampa and Brandon residents claim their SSI benefits for many years and so have the experience and expertise necessary to help you win yours. To schedule a free consultation to see how we can help you claim your SSI benefits, please call us at (813) 872-0929.