Oklahoma Lawyers Fight to Get Applicants Approved for Supplemental Security Income
Strong advocacy for disabled workers with limited finances
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based government program that helps Oklahoma residents who have limited income. Applicants must meet several tests in order to qualify and also fill out their application properly. Applicants are divided into several categories—children who are blind or disabled, adults under 65 who are blind or disabled, and adults 65 and older. Claimants must be U.S. citizens and be in the country legally in order to qualify for benefits.
An Oklahoma Supplemental Security Income attorney at Stipe Law Firm is ready to help you navigate the application and claims process. We help SSI applicants file for benefits and prepare their case properly. Preparation includes getting all the proper medical records, evaluating a claimant’s assets and income, and reviewing the claimant’s ability to work. We fight aggressively to get applicants all the compensation they deserve. Our aim is to relieve your anxiety and help you manage your bills.
Some of the factors in SSI claim cases
SSI is different than Social Security Disability Income and Social Security retirement benefits. The applicants do not need to meet a work history test or an age test, but they do need to meet financial income and other tests. Our Oklahoma SSI lawyers understand the SSI rules and regulations. Some of the key factors are:
- Limited assets. Claimants generally should have less than $2,000 in assets, or $3,000 if they are married.
- Limited income. Income includes work income, unemployment benefits, and Social Security retirement benefits. There are a number of exceptions and exclusions to the income calculations. We review each item of income to see if it should be counted or not. Currently, claimants must earn less than $733 a month, or $1,100 a month if they are a couple.
- State supplements. Oklahoma does allow some supplemental income, which alters the income calculation. Our lawyers make sure the state supplement is part of the math.
- Work income. Income from even minor work that you do may affect the calculations as well.
- A disability. The claimant must be disabled. Disabled generally means you cannot engage in substantial gainful activity and that inability is expected to last for at least one year or result in death.
These tests are very complicated. Proving a disability means working with the doctors who treat you and getting reports that verify your disability. Proving limited income means going over each asset and source of money. Claimants in need have the right to this benefit if they meet the tests. Our Oklahoma SSI lawyers work to help claimants prove they meet these requirements.
Talk to a compassionate and experienced Oklahoma SSI lawyer today
Our Oklahoma SSI attorneys have the skill and resources to fight for clients with limited income and an inability to work. We work with you, your witnesses, and your doctors to prepare all the evidence possible to maximize the likelihood of success. We see clients from throughout the state at our main office in McAlester, Oklahoma. You can call 918-558-2255 or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation.