Tampa, St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Child’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

I have the privilege to represent people on their SSD, SSI and Child’s SSI cases locally in the Tampa Bay area and surrounding areas and also nationally on all levels, from initial up to and including in Federal Court.

What are Child’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits?

SSI benefits are available to children under the age of 18 who have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, which results in marked and severe functional limitations, and they need to be expected to last or have lasted at least 12 months or more or resulting in death.

SSI serves as a critical lifeline for nearly 1.3 million children and youth with severe physical and mental impairments in low-income households. The families face financial and other hardship when their child has a disability. SSI provides modest income support to partially offset the high cost of raising a child with a severe disability, and it hopefully will provide the family with some assistance in taking care of the child’s needs and offset the medical costs.

If you need to apply for Child’s SSI, please click here for more information on how to do so.

It has been shown statistically that a person who is represented by a Social Security attorney has a higher percentage of being approved for benefits. Attorney Amy Bellhorn represents Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income and Child’s SSI clients at the following levels: initial, reconsideration, hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, Appeals Council and Federal Court. Should you decide to hire our law firm who represents people in Tampa and Clearwater/St. Petersburg and surrounding cities, you will have a licensed attorney, not a non-attorney representative, attend your hearing with you and handling your case. We also represent client’s throughout the State of Florida and the country, depending upon the stage of the case and if a video hearing can be done if approved by the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review that has the case. If you believe we may be able to assist you, you may contact us for a FREE consultation by filling out our online form or call our office at (727) 822-7121, and attorney fees are paid only if your case is won; there is no up front cost to you, excluding Cessation cases.

SSD, SSI and Child’s SSI Tips for the Day of Your ALJ Hearing

After a person has applied for SSD, SSI or Child’s SSI, they’ll either be approved or denied on average in a few months of submitting their application. If they are denied at the initial stage and they appeal, they’ll do a Request for Reconsideration. If they are denied at that stage and do an appeal, they’ll Request a Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. (There is a much more detailed description of this process on our FAQ’s page page) If the claimant submits the appeal for the Request for Hearing within the applicable time frame, the hearing will take place on average in 10-12 months, and it in and of itself can seem terrifying and overwhelming, especially when a person is not feeling well and has a lot at stake on the outcome. To assist you by demystifying the process, the below videos will hopefully help to explain some things you may do to prepare prior to the hearing, tips on what you can do the day of the hearing, and what to expect during and after the hearing.

5 Helpful Tips for the Day of Your SSD, SSI or Child’s SSI ALJ Hearing

  1. Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time. You may want to take a dry run to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) where your hearing will take place so you know how to get there, and you can get directions from www.mapquest.com. You may also want to bring the Notice of Hearing and contact ODAR if you get lost on the way to the hearing.
  2. Turn your cell phone off while you are at ODAR.
  3. Sign in with the security guard or the front desk, depending upon the ODAR.
  4. Dress however you normally do.
  5. Keep your voice up during the hearing as the microphone is used for recording and not for amplification purposes.

Click here to see Frequently Asked Questions