Supplemental Security Income benefits are administered by the Social Security Administration and allow individuals who have not yet earned enough work credits to become eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
Individuals who are not disabled may be eligible for SSI as well, if they are over the age of 65 and satisfy financial limits.
Commonly, individuals who do not have enough work credits include children, students, or those who have worked jobs that are not covered by Social Security. Our firm represents cases in North Carolina that involve Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income benefits. Our Social Security lawyers in Raleigh handle SSDI and SSI cases at all stages. Individuals may have just started the process or they may have experienced a denial. Before you apply and face a potential denial, check with our Raleigh Social Security lawyer for a complimentary case review.
How much can you expect to receive if you qualify for Supplemental Security Income in North Carolina? As of 2014, an individual may receive no more than $721.00 per month in SSI benefits. (Couples are capped at $1,082.00.) These numbers adjust over time for cost-of-living changes.
Although these are the maximum amounts persons may receive, they may not qualify for the maximum amount. Factors that affect eligibility for SSI benefits include: Medical history, income and other existing benefits—including those from government programs and public programs. (The applicant must disclose all benefits including workers’ compensation if applicable.)
Individuals can work and collect SSI benefits at the same time. These individuals will need to meet certain income criteria. According to the Social Security Administration, “The first $65 (up to a maximum of $85 if the individual has no income other than earnings) of any monthly earned income plus one-half of remaining earnings are excluded for SSI benefit computation purposes.”
If you are disabled and unable to work—or unable to work full-time—you may be eligible for SSI. However, failing to include proper paperwork and satisfy government deadlines could cause a denial for someone who may truly qualify for SSI. Applying for SSI in North Carolina is much easier with the guidance of an attorney. We can help ensure adequate documentation is included with your application and that you receive the full benefits you are entitled to.