After the Storm: Securing Your Disability Benefits Check

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many people on the east coast found their entire lives in disarray. Thousands of people were forced from their homes, either by evacuation orders or due to damaged and flooded homes.

Fortunately, landlocked Oklahomans were spared from the storm’s fury, but Sandy provides a good lesson for all of us. It was a reminder to have a plan and act quickly in case of an emergency. One of those immediate steps after being displaced is to ensure that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has your updated information, including any temporary or new addresses. Some people still receive their disability benefits checks by mail, and those people could be affected in the case of a storm or other occurrence.

If you live in an area affected by a storm or natural disaster and you receive your benefits check by mail, there is a chance the check could be delayed or undeliverable. In this case, contact the SSA to order a new check. If you later receive the original check, return it to the US Treasury. Failure to return a check could result in non-payment of benefits the next month.

Traumatic events can be confusing and frustrating, and dealing with the SSA is a complicated ordeal, even in the best circumstances. If you are having trouble getting the benefits you need to pay your bills and medical costs, contact a Tulsa Social Security disability benefits attorney today to discuss your rights. You may also reach us at (918) 587-0050, and we offer free consultations.

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