Can You Receive Financial Assistance While Waiting for a SSD or SSI Decision?

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Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a lengthy process that can take months even years before you begin to receive any type of financial assistance. Making ends meet while waiting for a decision to be made can be challenging and stressful on you and your family.

The average wait time for Social Security disability claims is over a year, and your claim can be denied. The initial application stage usually takes at least three months before you can even begin the appeals process.

In regards to SSI payments the process is just as lengthy, but the requirements differ. In order to qualify for SSI you must be disabled (or blind), or over the age of 65. The initial criteria for a disabled individual to be able to qualify for SSI is a demonstrated financial need.

Many wonder, can I receive financial assistance while waiting for a SSD or SSI decision?

While waiting for a Social Security Disability decision or benefits to start you can receive assistance from anyone. The amount you receive while waiting for your decision will not be regulated. Your SSD decision is based not only on your disability, but also on what you have paid into the system over time so the financial assistance you receive while waiting is not a concern.

When it comes to receiving financial assistance while waiting for your Supplemental Security Income, the administration will look at the assistance someone has received and can reduce, and in some cases even eliminate, benefits based on the amount. The Social Security Administration will ask a series of questions to determine whether the amount will impact SSI payments and to what extent. A claimant should keep proper record of any gifts or loans to determine whether and to what extent, the amount could effect eligibility.

The disability benefits process is hard enough but waiting is even harder. It is important to have an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer by your side making sure your case doesn’t fall through the cracks.

Disability Attorneys of Michigan have helped thousands of people win the disability benefits they need. Living with a disability is hard enough, but without a regular income life is a real struggle.

If you are disabled and unable to work, call Disability Attorneys of Michigan for a free confidential consultation. We’ll let you know if we can help you get a monthly check and help you determine if any money or assets you receive could impact your eligibility for disability benefits.

Disability Attorneys of Michigan works hard every day helping the disabled of Michigan seek the disability benefits they need. If you are unable to work due to a physical, mental or cognitive impairment call Disability Attorneys of Michigan now for a free consultation at 800-949- 2900.

Let Michigan’s leading social security disability law firm help you get the benefits you deserve.

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