Does Blindness Qualify An Individual For Social Security Disability Benefits?

by Staff | September 16th, 2013

September 16, 2013

Many Americans depend on their ability to see in order to work and make a living. Having their sight taken away by an accident or illness can result in an inability to provide enough income for their family. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain there may be help available for these individuals though.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) states that blindness and vision impairment may qualify an individual for disability benefits. However, there are certain criteria that must first be met by the patient. In order to receive benefits for blindness, an individual most undergo an examination to determine the extent of their condition and if it can be treated. A person is considered to suffer from statutory blindness if they have 20/200 vision or less in their good eye while using corrective lenses.

These benefits still may prove to not be enough for the patient to live comfortably. In this case, an individual who is blind may also qualify to receive additional benefits, known as Supplemental Security Income. This is money, still paid by the SSA, but is based on need and not on work history.

The team of attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how important Social Security Disability Benefits can prove to be for the blind and are here to help anyone with a visual impairment that is considering applying for such benefits.

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