Supplemental Security Income
With more than 27 years of experience, Attorney Elizabeth A. Smith has a proven track record of helping people just like you obtain the supplemental security income benefits they deserve.
Reevaluation of Your Supplemental Security Income Claim
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides income and medical coverage to disabled adults and disabled children with limited income and resources. Money is supplied to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter.
Most people submitting an initial application for themselves or a child are denied. If you find yourself in this situation, do not give up hope. With the help of a knowledgeable attorney appeals are often successful.
Please contact Elizabeth A. Smith today for a free consultation regarding your denied claim. We rely on our experience in counseling you whether and how to appeal the decision.
Helping You Obtain Supplemental Security Income Benefits
SSI is not retroactive, meaning you won’t receive benefits for any time prior to the time you file. The earliest you can receive benefits is the application date on your claim. Filing as soon as possible is very important.
If you have been denied SSI benefits after submitting your application, you have 60 days to appeal. Contacting us immediately will ensure crucial steps are taken in an urgent manner.
In an appeal, we will begin by requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge. To prepare for the ALJ hearing we may:
- Request reconsideration
- Gather medical and other evidence
- Analyze your case under the regulations
- Consult doctors for further medical information and exams
- Request subpoenas for witnesses or documents
- Prepare you to testify at the hearing
At the hearing we represent you and your rights. We give an opening statement to the court, proving background information about your claim. We will also cross-examine the vocational expert and at the close of the hearing, present an closing argument about the benefits to which you are entitled.
Following a positive outcome, we ensure that the Social Security Administration correctly calculates your benefits.
If the denial is upheld, you have the right to request review of the decision by the appeals council.
Understanding Payment and Fees
Fees are contingency-based (plus costs) and governed by the Social Security Administration.
We charge 25% of the back benefits awarded to you or $6,000, whichever is less. You will also be asked to pay for medical records and reports if there is a favorable decision.