Supplemental Security Income and Disability: The Basics

  • The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income.

  • The Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) pays benefits to you and certain family members if you worked long enough
    and paid  Social Security taxes.

  • Your adult child also may qualify for SSDI benefits based on your work record if the disability started before age 22.

  • SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits.

  • In most cases, if you currently earn more than $980 a month at work, you usually cannot be considered disabled by the Social Security

The offices of Lance Wallach provide advocacy
to people who need help securing the SSI Social
Security benefits and Disability benefits they are
entitled to receive from the government.
Mr. Wallach and his team of highly experienced
lawyers, pension experts and health care
professionals can help you obtain the SSI and
Disability benefits that you deserve.
Let our experts file the complicated application
paperwork for you so you have the best chance
at obtaining the benefits you need.
If you filed for SSI or Disability by yourself and
your application was denied, our office can
help you appeal the decision and receive the
benefits you deserve.
Conditions that may qualify you for SSI Disability Benefits

  • Disorders of the musculoskeletal system, such as joint, bone and spine
  • Speech, Vision and hearing problems
  • Respiratory diseases such as Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, and many other lung conditions.
  • cardiovascular impairment disorders that affects the proper functioning of the heart or the
    circulatory system (that is, arteries, veins, capillaries, and the lymphatic drainage).
  • Disorders of the digestive system include gastrointestinal hemorrhage, hepatic (liver) dysfunction,
    inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, and malnutrition.
  • genitourinary impairments resulting from chronic renal disease.
  • Hematological Disorders (blood cell related conditions)
  • Skin disorders such as dermatitis or burns
  • Endocrine disorders such as Thyroid conditions
  • Down syndrome conditions
  • Neurological disorders such as Multiple sclerosis
  • Psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, anxiety-related disorders,Affective disorders
    characterized by a disturbance of mood, accompanied by a full or partial manic or depressive
    syndrome; Personality disorders, Substance addiction disorders; and others.
  • Malignant Neoplastic Diseases such as Lymphoma, Leukemia, and other cancerous conditions.
  • Immune System Disorders such as HIV, Inflammatory arthritis, Systemic sclerosis (scleroderma), and

If you have been injured or ill and unable to work for five months you can
apply for SSI Disability Benefits
online, by phone, or in person at your local
Social Security office.     

To apply online, take these steps:
Review the Checklist for Online Adult Disability Application
     Complete the Disability Benefit Application
     Medical Release Form

You can also contact the Social Security Office of the federal government
online, at or call the Social Security office phone number,
1-800-772-1213 or  1-800-325-0778, the TTY number for deaf or

If you already applied to receive SSI or Disability benefits from the federal
government and believe your application was wrongfully denied contact our
office to guide you through the appeal process.
before Social Security by:

    • Getting information from your Social  Security file;
    • Helping you get medical records or information to support your
    • Coming with you, or for you, to any interview, conference or
    hearing you have with us;
    • Requesting a reconsideration, hearing or Appeals Council
    review; and
    • Helping you and your witnesses prepare for a hearing and
    questioning any witnesses.

       Your representative also will receive a copy of the decision(s) the
Social Security Administration makes on your claim(s).
How to File for SSI Disability Benefits

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