The funding comes directly from the federal government since it’s administered by the Social Services Agency (SSA). In Florida, you will be eligible to receive state benefits in addition to your Social Security benefits. That said, you need to know your eligibility before applying. The experienced disability benefits attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett can help you determine your qualifying factors and accomplish the application or appeals process.

Qualifying Factors for Social Security Benefits in Florida

The SSA offers two programs under its Social Security benefits - Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This is a disability benefit aimed at people who cannot earn an income because of a disabling medical condition. In order to qualify for SSI you must prove you have a disability and meet other financial qualifications. These are a few criteria you should meet to be eligible for Social Security:

  • You should have a physical or mental disability that prevents you from performing gainful employment
  • The condition should be lifelong or last at least a year
  • Individual resources should not exceed $2,000, and combined family resources should not exceed $3,000
  • You should be a US citizen or US Resident 
  • You should not be confined to a prison, hospital, or any other institution supported by government funds
  • You should have stayed in the US for 30 days or one full calendar month

In some cases, non-citizen residents may qualify for SSI benefits by meeting specific requirements. You should know that your living arrangements may also affect your SSA benefits. For example, you may not be eligible for Social Security benefits if you have arrest warrants or felony records against you.

Income and Resources for SSA Benefits

Your income and resources play a paramount role in determining your eligibility. The SSA includes the following as “income”:

  • Royalties
  • Earnings from business or work
  • Honoraria
  • Veteran’s disability benefits
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Private pensions
  • Social security benefits
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Dividends
  • Interest income
  • State disability benefits
  • Food and shelter that you received for less than fair market value or for free
  • Cash received from friends, family, and relatives
  • Part of your parent’s or spouse’s income if you are living with them

Resources are the things you own, such as:

  • Bank accounts
  • Cash
  • Stocks
  • Personal property
  • US savings bonds

Your home, vehicle, and household goods are not counted toward resources.

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How Much Social Security Benefits Can I Get?

Your SSA benefits will depend on your countable income, meaning you’ll receive a higher amount if the number of your resources is low. The SSA limits the maximum amount you can receive each month, which changes yearly.

We will Fight to Get You the Social Security Benefits You are Entitled To

The capable and knowledgeable attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett have over 125 years of cumulative experience in successfully fighting and winning Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability lawsuits. Our continued success and aggressive client advocacy have allowed us to gain a reputation as the top Social Security Benefits law firm in Florida. To set up your free consultation with our disability lawyers, call (727) 306-0273 or reach us online.

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