Receiving SSI Benefits While Your App is Pending

This week’s posts have discussed several of the ways that Social Security makes it easier for disability applicants with particular medical conditions. Compassionate Allowances, TERI and QDD are three such programs that speed up the disability benefits process for disabled Americans.

Another fast track program is for presumptive disabilities. In the case of presumptive disability (“PD”) or presumptive blindness (“PB”), Social Security pays benefits before it reaches a decision on your case. You may be able to receive SSI benefits immediately through PD or PB if you have one of the following conditions (a fuller list is available on the presumptive disability page of Social Security’s site):

  • amputation of a leg at the hip
  • total deafness
  • total blindness
  • immobility due to a longstanding condition
  • severe mental deficiency
  • underweight child
  • HIV or AIDS

In some cases, Social Security is even able to make an emergency advance payment for PD or PB for applicants facing a financial emergency who are unable to wait to start receiving their benefits.

If Social Security later denies your disability application, you do not have to repay your benefits received under PD or PB, although you may have to do so if you received an overpayment because you provided inaccurate information.

If an injury or medical condition has kept you from working, give our Tulsa Oklahoma Social Security disability attorneys a call at 918-587-0050 to find out whether you qualify for any of the fast track programs for disability benefits.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys

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