Chardon Supplemental Security Income Lawyers

SSI Attorneys in Northeast Ohio

Petersen & Ibold is dedicated to securing financial assistance for Ohioans whose injuries or illnesses have prevented them from working for an extended period of time. If you have been unable to work, you likely have many questions about applying for assistance. Our legal team is prepared to answer those questions and help you secure the benefits you need.

Like Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a benefits program designed to financially assist people who are disabled. However, the two programs have important differences, and qualifying for SSI can be even more difficult that qualifying for SSD. Our skilled Chardon SSI attorneys understand the differences and provide honest, straightforward advice based on each client's particular circumstances.

Understanding the SSI Program

Like SSD, the fundamental requirement for receiving SSI benefits is that the applicant must meet the statutory definition of "disabled." Generally, an applicant will be considered disabled if he or she has a medically recognized health problem that has prevented him or her from holding gainful employment for at least 12 months.

In addition to being totally disabled, an SSI applicant must also meet the definition of "indigent." Indigence is based on the applicant's total assets and income. A person will be considered indigent if there is no money coming into the household, other than child support and funding from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF). If you have less than $2,000 in assets (not including one car and one home), the chances of qualifying for SSI increase.

Compassionate Attorneys on Your Side

The lawyers of Petersen & Ibold understand that you are struggling, like many others in today's economy. When you come to our office, you will be treated with dignity and respect. We will explain SSI in detail and help determine if you qualify. If you do, we can help you correctly fill out the application. If you have already applied and been denied benefits, we can help you file the proper appeals.

Contact our Skilled Chardon, Ohio, Lawyers

Petersen & Ibold can help you with any SSI matter. Our lawyers can be reached by phone at our Geauga County office (440-607-5228) or our Ashtabula County office (440-437-5295). You can also contact our law firm online.