Supplemental Security Income for Disabled Arizona Residents
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Nov 04, 2010 in Social Security Disability
Unfortunately, there are people who live in Arizona who simply cannot hold gainful employment because of some sort of serious disability, whether that disability is physical, mental or both. Rather than have those who cannot provide for themselves become a burden on family members or on society in general, the federal government has managed a benefits program designed to help those in this position for decades. This program, administered by the Social Security Administration, or SSA, is known as Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. Those who feel they may need these benefits should seek the help of Phoenix social security disability lawyers, as the process of obtaining these benefits is quite involved.
The Supplemental Security Income Application Process in Arizona
The initial step that's taken in an effort to obtain benefits for SSI involves the completion of the application process. While the application may seem relatively simple on its face, the fact of the matter is that this application should include a large amount of relevant information that should be presented to the SSA case-worker with the help of an Arizona SSI lawyer. The applicant needs to present a strong position from the outset, and even though many take this approach, statistics show that the majority of SSI benefits applications are initially denied.
The AZ SSI Rejection and Appeals Process
If an initial application has been denied, applicants can request a reconsideration of that initial decision and have the right to a hearing at the SSA to review the situation. This hearing is run somewhat like a court hearing, in that evidence is presented and arguments are made to an Administrative Law Judge. After the case has been presented, the judge will review the evidence and issue a decision. It's at this point where the help of an Arizona social security lawyer is critical, as presenting this evidence in an organized and convincing matter can be the difference between approval and denial of benefits.
If you or someone you love is disabled and is not able to work, seek the help of Phoenix social security disability lawyers who have been helping applicants obtain benefits for many years. Contact Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.