Social Security Benefits for the Blind
People who are legally blind or who have poor vision may qualify for Social Security benefits under two different programs, the Social Security Disability Insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income program. These programs provide benefits for people who are unable to work temporarily or long-term due to legal blindness or if their poor vision prevents them from working either of itself or in combination with another health issue.
If you are legally blind or have a visual impairment that prevents you from working, you may qualify for Social Security. Getting you the Social Security benefits you need is important to us. To speak with a compassionate and experienced Indianapolis Social Security attorney contact the Hankey Law Office, at 317-634-8565 today.
Social Security Disability vs. Supplemental Security Income
There are two ways you can qualify for benefits if you are blind or have low vision. Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two separate programs with different rules.
Social Security Disability: your benefits are based on the earnings you have made prior to applying for disability. Working and paying Social Security taxes gives you credits toward your future benefits. If you do not have enough credits, you may be able to base the benefits on the earnings of a spouse or parents.
Supplemental Security Income: if you have not earned any credits toward Social Security by paying Social Security taxes, you can still qualify for Supplemental Security Income. However, you must have income and resources that are under a certain level.
It is important to ensure that you file for the correct kind of benefits so that you do not have to contend with a needless rejection and delay in your claim. A skilled and knowledgeable Indianapolis Social Security attorney can help.
Navigating the complicated rules of Social Security benefits can be challenging. At the Law Office of Charles D. Hankey, P.C., our Indiana Social Security lawyers have the skills and experience necessary to help you get the benefits you need. Contact us today at 317-634-8565 to discuss your case.