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Chico Disability Lawyer Explains SSI Presumptive Disability Payments

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, from the Social Security Administration, pays out monthly benefits to individuals with qualifying disabilities who are living below the poverty line. Generally, people who are eligible for SSI have not paid into the Social Security system because they have never been able to work.

Many claimants filing for SSI are already dealing with intense financial hardships. Because it can take months for the SSA to return a decision on a  SSI claim, the agency offers up to temporary benefits for applicants with certain severe health conditions.

About Presumptive Disability Payments:

  • Presumptive Disability payments are paid out to qualifying applicants for no more than six months.
  • If the SSI claim is still pending at the end of this period, payment stops.
  • Payments also stop once a decision has been made on the claim, whether it is approved or denied.
  • If you are approved for presumptive disability benefits, you are not required to repay them, no matter what the final determination is on your case.

Who is eligible for Presumptive Disability Benefits?

Presumptive disability payments are available to applicants who meet poverty standards set by the Social Security Administration. Eligible medical conditions include:

  • Total blindness
  • Total deafness
  • Symptomatic HIV or AIDS
  • Low birth weight
  • Downs syndrome
  • Severe intellectual disability in an individual seven years or older
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Severe spinal injury necessitating the use of an assistance device for walking
  • Loss of two or more limbs
  • Loss of more than 90% of one leg
  • Profoundly limited ability to speak, walk, or use hands and arms due to:  muscular dystrophy, muscular atrophy, cerebral palsy, or stroke older than three months
  • Confinement to wheelchair, walker, crutches or bed due to longstanding condition
  • End-stage renal disease requiring chronic dialysis
  • Terminal illness, in hospice with less than six months to live

Please note that applicants for SSDI benefits cannot receive Presumptive Disability Benefits.

If you are appealing an unfavorable decision with the Social Security Administration, it’s time to review your case with a Northern California disability lawyer at the Ledgerwood Law Group. Call 888.761.7383 today.


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