Written by attorney Brent Adams

Emergency Social Security Disability Benefits – Look No Further Than the SSI Program

If an emergency Social Security disability payment is needed, you may be able to receive benefits without having to wait months for final approval from the Social Security Administration’s Disability Determination Services (DDS) Office. A North Carolina Social Security disability lawyer may be able to help you apply for immediate payment of funds provided by the Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

Circumstances When Emergency Benefits May Be Approved

In an emergency, Social Security disability payments may be expedited to a qualifying recipient. This may occur under the presumption that a serious medical condition eventually will lead you to be approved for benefits.

Known as Presumptive Disability (PD), medical conditions authorized for this type of Social Security disability benefit include the following:

·a leg amputation at the hip;

·a stroke (cerebral vascular accident) occurring more than 3 months ago that continues to cause difficulties in walking or using your hand/arm;

·a spinal cord injury producing an inability to ambulate without the use of an assistive devices;

·end stage renal disease requiring chronic dialysis;

·amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease;

·cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or muscular atrophy;

·a longstanding condition resulting in bed confinement and immobility without an assistive device (excludes recent accident and/or surgery);

·Down syndrome;

·a severe mental deficiency in a child who is at least 7-years-old;

·a child under 1 year of age whose weight was below 2 pounds, 10 ouncesat birth;

·a child under 1 year of age whose weight was under a standard minimum set for its gestational age at birth;

·acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS);

·symptomatic human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection;

·a terminal illness with a life expectancy of 6 months or less;

·a terminal illness with hospice services in place;

·total blindness; and

·total deafness.

Many of these conditions will require a physician or other qualified medical personnel to confirm your reported disability.

Emergency Social Security disability payments may be received for up to 6 months or until a final decision is made by the DDS Office on your SSI benefits.

In the event that you were receiving SSI payments for your emergency condition but it came up later that you were denied disability benefits, you will not have to pay back the money that you have already received. On the other hand, if you were overpaid for any particular reason, you may have to reimburse the administration for the overpayment.

Emergency Advance and Immediate Payments

New applicants who are under a financial hardship may be able to receive an emergency advance payment to help pay for food, shelter, medical care, or clothing. This is usually provided to individuals who are owed SSI benefits, including PD recipients.

An immediate payment also may be arranged for new applicants as well as for individuals who have been receiving SSI benefits but have not received a regularly scheduled payment. The maximum amount disbursed for an immediate payment is $999.00.

Get Help Now With a North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you have questions about your need for Social Security disability benefits, talk to a disability lawyer who understands what it takes to qualify for the benefits given under the Social Security Administration.

Brent Adams & Associates have been working for the people of Dunn, Raleigh, and Fayetteville, North Carolina for over 30 years to help them get the Social Security disability benefits they deserve. Speak with one of our disability lawyers for a free case evaluation. Give us a call today at 800-849-5931.

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