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What Social Security benefits are available to blind individuals?

There are a variety of situations where people are unable to work. In some cases, people are unable to work because of a physical or mental disability. In these cases Social Security programs may be available to help people receive the income they need to meet their day-to-day needs. Social Security benefits, however, can be difficult to understand. The available benefits often change depending on the person's disability and the person's work history.

People who are low vision, or blind, are in a unique situation. Blind Pennsylvania residents may wonder -- what Social Security benefits are blind people entitled to? According to the Social Security Administration, blind individuals can qualify for benefits through the Social Security Disability insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income program, depending on their situation.

Injured veterans and Social Security benefits

When Pennsylvania residents suffer a disabling injury at work, they may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits. These benefits allow Pennsylvania workers to pay for their everyday expenses while they are unable to work. These benefits are earned by workers as they pay taxes each year. Men and women who work in the military are no different than civilian workers when it comes to Social Security disability benefits.

If a member of the military receives an injury, that person may be entitled to benefits. While the Veterans' Association has its own benefits, veterans can also still apply for Social Security disability benefits. However, in order to qualify for SSDI benefits, the Social Security Administration says that the veteran or wounded warrior must not be able to complete any substantial work because of the injury and the medical condition that prevents the person from working must last for at least 12 months. Soldiers still need medical documentation of their injuries and that it prevents them from working.

When can children receive their parents' SSDI benefits?

Working adults are required to pay a portion of their wages to the Social Security system. Part of these benefits are for retirement, but the other part of these benefits are for Social Security Disability Insurance. These benefits are then available to the working adult should the person suffer a disabling illness or injury. If the person does become disabled, this money could be used to pay the expenses that would normally be paid with the person's wages.

In some situations, however, a working adult has a disabled child. When in this situation, you may wonder if your child can take advantage of the SSDI benefits that you have accrued. According to the Social Security Administration, the answer to this question depends on how old your child is. If your disabled child is under the age of 18 -- or 19 if still in high school -- the child will qualify to use your SSD benefits.

Obama proposes solution for SSD budget shortfall

When people are living with a disability, they often come to rely on Social Security benefits to help provide some source of income. Many people cannot physically work and these benefits are the only way they are able to meet their day-to-day needs. For these people, and their families, changes to the Social Security disability system can have a huge impact on their lives.

Recently, the issues of SSD benefits has become somewhat politicized. Members of the House of Representatives have passed rules that make it difficult to fund the SSD program without a complete overhaul of Social Security. Without additional funding, the SSD program will be out of money in 2016. Practically, this means that people receiving SSD benefits would see an immediate 20 percent decrease in their benefits.

Gather evidence to qualify for SSDI after an injury

When an injury leaves a person unable to work, that person may not know where to turn. While people may think that they have plenty of time to figure out how to move forward, legal deadlines may be ticking away. When people are permanently disabled by an injury, their physical recovery may be the first thing on their minds. However, again, important legal steps may need to be promptly taken to ensure that their rights are protected.

When it comes to Social Security disability benefits, quick action is important. In particular, gathering evidence of a person's condition is paramount. Without the right evidence of an injury or disability, people may not be approved for disability benefits by the Social Security Administration. With many injuries, specific evidence in required in order to prove that person qualifies.

Anxiety disorders and SSDI

Disabilities come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. While some people suffer from physical disabilities that make it impossible for them to seek gainful employment, other people suffer from mental illness. Just like with physical disorders, people must prove to the Social Security Administration that they are suffering from a mental condition that precludes them from working. This can sometimes be difficult for people suffering from mental illness.

When it comes to anxiety-related disorders, the SSA will approve disability benefits if the person can show a severe disability. These anxiety attacks need include consistent and recurrent fears that make it difficult for a person to function. In particular, the person must have certain documented medical reactions that result in certain defined restrictions or difficulties.

Can you work and get SSDI benefits?

If you suffer from some sort of debilitating injury, chances are that you may have to stop working for a time. For some people, recovering from an injury is possible and they can return to work quickly. However, for others, an injury is so severe that they are disabled for much longer. When a person is disabled for more than a year, the person may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Qualifying for SSD benefits for an injury can be difficult, and may require legal help. While this post cannot provide specific legal advice, an attorney can help people understand the sometimes complex SSD rules. For many people, one aspect of the SSDI rules that they question is whether or not they can work at all while receiving SSD benefits.

Limited income, resources and SSI

When a person suffers from a permanent disability, there can be a lot of expenses for that person and the person's family. There are medical costs, educational costs, transportation and housing costs all of which can add up, especially if the person is unable to work. In these cases, a person may qualify for supplemental security income from the Social Security Administration.

However, according to the SSA, only those people with limited resources and limited income qualify for SSI. This means that if people have more than a certain amount of assets, then they will not be able to qualify for SSI and may not have access to certain government benefits. For children or individuals the asset limit is $2,000 worth of assets and for couples, the asset limit is $3,000.

ABLE Act helps those on SSI

When a person qualifies for supplemental security income, that person is generally unable to work because of some disability. This disability might impede the person's ability to get or hold a job. In many cases, these individuals might rely on SSI and their family in order to pay for their basic needs -- like housing, food or clothing.

In order to qualify for SSI people not only need to be disabled, they need to be low income. This means there are limits to the amount of income these individuals can earn and the number of assets they can legally have.

We can help you understand your right to SSI

Disabilities do not discriminate. Anyone can fall victim to a serious illness or disability that keeps the person from being able to earn a living. However, everyone still has expenses that need to be paid. People need housing, food, clothing and medical care. In today's society none of these things come cheap in Pennsylvania.

Thankfully the Social Security system has been created to help disabled individuals make ends meet even when they are not able to work. However, the system is complicated. It is subdivided into many programs including Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Each program only gives benefits to the people who have qualify for the program.

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