Supplemental Security Income

Compassionate SSI Attorney in Tampa

Supplemental Security Income was designed to help people with serious physical or mental disabilities receive income for general provisions such as clothing, shelter, and basic food needs. This government program is provided for low-income individuals who are over a certain age, or adults and children who suffer from severe disabilities.

If you are considering applying for SSI, contact Harris & Riviere today!

At our firm, we are proud to provide outstanding legal representation to clients and we have a history of success because we work hard to ensure that each person's specific needs are fully met. We are aware that this time in your life can be confusing and that the Social Security system can be daunting; however, with the guidance of our office, you could achieve a favorable resolution to your case without having to go through lengthy appeals.

Who is eligible for these benefits?

In order to be eligible for Supplemental Security Income, you must meet certain requirements. Not only must you be resident of one of the 50 states, but you must also fall under specific injury categories.

These include the following:

  • Age 65 or older;
  • Suffer from blindness; or
  • Have a disability.

In addition to that, you must have limited income and resources or else you will likely be considered ineligible for extra income. Defining a disability is probably the most challenging part. Unlike blindness, a general disability can be harder to identify and define. According to Social Security, a disability is any injury or disease that prevents an individual from doing substantially gainful activity (employment) and can be expected either result in death or last at least a year.

What type of injuries qualify as disability?

There are hundreds of disabilities that immediately and automatically qualify for benefits, but that does not mean additional disabilities cannot be reviewed and approved for benefits.

The following types of disability will qualify for SSI:

  • Heart failure
  • Cancer
  • Liver disease
  • HIV/AIDs, lupus or other immune system disorders
  • Anxiety, depression, or schizophrenia
  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic brain injuries or stroke
  • Lyme disease
  • Autism
  • Asthma or other respiratory illnesses
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Vision or hearing loss

If you have reviewed the list and don't see your condition on there that does not mean you should not apply! Consult with our Tampa SSI attorneys to learn more about how to craft the best possible application for benefits. Both of our founding attorneys have more than 25 years of legal experience, giving us the insight and knowledge needed to take on your case. Let us provide the personalized counsel and guidance you need during this challenging time!

Are you ready to get started? Call our firm!

If you have questions or concerns regarding your situation, do not hesitate to speak with a dedicated legal professional about your specific disability. We will help you obtain the best possible case result and ensure that your rights are protected.

Our office is proud to work on a contingency fee basis with all of our clients, which means that you will not owe us any fees if we are unable to recover compensation or benefits for you. For more information about Supplemental Security Income, contact our office and schedule a free initial consultation with one of our SSI lawyers in Tampa. We look forward to hearing from you!