Accidents happen. Injuries happen. Disease happens. The bottom line is that life happens. Sometimes we get injured or fall ill and suddenly find our future’s in jeopardy — especially when it comes to our work. Following accidents or while coping with disease, many of us may feel pressured about going back to work.
Let’s make one thing clear: a company’s first priority is to make as much money as possible. Retaining an active, healthy workforce is key for them ramping up their profit numbers. Therefore, you may face significant pressure from your workplace to return back to work, even if you aren’t healthy enough to do so.
Fortunately, you may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits. Keep reading to learn more about social security and disability and your rights. Even if it isn’t applicable to your life now, it may be applicable to your life in the future!
What is Supplemental Security Income?
Despite how crucial it can be in some people’s lives, many are unaware of what SSI benefits are. SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income and it is given to individuals from the federal government. SSI is given to disabled individuals — adults or children — who have little income and limited access to assets.
Often, disability prevents individuals from finding steady employment. Many jobs may require the ability that a disabled person does not have because of their disability, and unfortunately, many companies still discriminate on the basis of disability even though it is prevented by law. For these reasons, SSI was created to keep disabled individuals from falling into poverty.
Who Qualifies for Supplemental Security Income?
As you can likely tell, there are certain qualifications an individual must meet before qualifying for SSI benefits. The government simply does not give out money to any individual who simply wants it — there are rules in place. To receive SSI benefits an individual must meet the following requirements, as stipulated by the federal government:
- Be 65 years or older or blind or disabled
- Have limited access to resources
- Have limited income
- Be a citizen of the United States of America or an undocumented immigrant who meets “applicable requirements”
- Reside in any of the 50 states or Washington D.C.
Certain exceptions such as the Mariana Islands, military service, or students who are temporarily abroad)
Receiving Your Benefits
You can apply for these benefits through the federal government. If you have any concerns about the application process or have had one of your applications denied wrongfully, you should without a doubt reach out to a Social Security attorney, like Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, as soon as possible.
An attorney can help you get the benefits that you are entitled to so that you don’t risk making your condition even worse by returning to work. The attorney will likely look over the paperwork you submitted to the government and help contact the proper administrators to get your case figured out. Furthermore, an attorney can help you when your former company keeps pressuring you to return back to work.