Temporary Social Security Disability Benefits
Typically, when you apply for Social Security disability benefits, you have to wait months, or even years, before receiving your first payment. However, claimants who have certain disabilities and meet the income limit requirements of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program may receive temporary disability payments while the Social Security Administration (SSA) gathers the evidence necessary to make a decision regarding their case. This is called presumptive disability. You can receive presumptive disability payments for up to six months. In order to qualify for presumptive disability payments, there must be sufficient evidence showing that your claim is likely to be approved. However, even if the SSA is sure that your claim will be approved, you are not eligible for presumptive disability benefits unless you meet the income limit requirements, as the SSI program is need-based. Furthermore, you will not qualify for presumptive disability payments under the SSI program if your initial claim was denied and you're in the process of filing an appeal. How It Works When you apply for SSI benefits, the person handling your claim will send your case to the state's Disability Determination Services department. At this point, the SSA will determine whether or not you qualify for presumptive disability payments. To be eligible, you must have a disability that is likely to result in the approval of your claim, such as the following: Amputation of a leg at the hip; Total deafness; Total blindness; Bed confinement and immobility without a wheelchair, walker, or crutches, allegedly due to a longstanding condition; Stroke more than three months ago and continued marked difficulty walking or using a hand or arm; Down syndrome; Cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or muscular atrophy and marked difficulty walking, speaking, or coordinating hands or arms; Severe mental deficiency; HIV or AIDS; Terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less; Spinal cord injury producing an inability to walk without the use of a walker or bilateral hand-held assistive devices; End stage renal disease requiring chronic dialysis; Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The amount of your presumptive disability payments will vary depending on your household income and assets. After six months or as soon a decision is made regarding your SSI claim, your presumptive disability payments will be discontinued. If you are found not to be disabled or blind and are denied SSI benefits, you will not be required to pay back the presumptive disability payments you received. Want to Know If You Qualify for Presumptive Disability Payments? If you have a severe medical condition and your household income and assets are limited, you may qualify for presumptive disability payments under the SSI program. To find out whether or not you're eligible, contact Atlanta Social Security disability attorney Louis B. Lusk for a free evaluation. Call 800.883.7043 (or 404.250.7000) or fill out our online contact form to get in touch.