Does being blind qualify me for Social Security benefits?

A young lady walked into the office with her mother wearing very dark sunglasses.  She wanted to know if her mother would qualify for Social Security Disability benefits because her mother was blind and unable to work.  I explained that yes, being legally blind is a qualification for getting approved for Social Security Disability but we should discuss her condition and see which Social Security Disability program she would qualify for. 

I asked if her mother was legally blind or just had poor vision.  Her mother had had vision problems ever since she was born.  At her last eye doctor appointment she was told her vision had deteriorated to 20/190.  She had been working but as her eyesight was decreasing so were her hours at work.   She knew after this last doctor report that she would not be able to return to work. 

We discussed her work history to see which Social Security Disability program she would qualify for.  Although she may not have worked full-time, she had worked consistently for the past ten years. 

She did not have any assets that were valued over $2000.  So she should qualify for both Social Security Disability Insurance and Social Security Income.  Since Social Security qualifies legally blind as anything less than 20/200 in either one eye or both, she should automatically qualify for Social Security Disability payments.  Both the mother and daughter were ecstatic, since both were worried about how the mother would provide for herself after not being able to go back to work. 

She did not even have to go to her local Security Office and we completed her online application in the office that day.  Both mother and daughter walked out of the office that day with their minds at ease.

Let the staff of Jan Dils, Attorneys At Law help put your mind at ease.  Call us with your questions at 1-877-526-3457, or click here to tell us about your claim now.

(Written by special guest blogger Elizabeth Dues)

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About Jon Corra

Social Media Specialist at Jan Dils Attorneys at Law

I have been with the firm for almost three years now, and I can honestly say that I love what I get to do for a living. Working with Veterans is a truly amazing experience and I get to interact with so many interesting people. I have several friends who have served and working here lets me relate to them a little better.

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Something most people would not know about me is that I actually wrote blogs well before I started working here. Now I have a small personal blog in which I talk about Product Placement in films. It's a topic that I really find fascinating, and I also realize that most others do not.

When I'm not writing a blog I can usually be found watching too much TV or a horrible movie. I am a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan and try to make it up to see games in person as much as possible. I'm also a NASCAR fan and have been watching since the early 90's. My favorite driver is Brad Keselowski. He is outspoken and was really a pioneer in social media for athletes everywhere. I love documentaries and anything that Morgan Spurlock produces. He is truly an inspiration. This blog is my passion, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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