People who suffer from severe vision problems, particularly those who are considered to be legally blind, may have difficulty finding or retaining employment. As such, it may be possible to get Social Security benefits if poor eyesight has affected your ability to work.
At the Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek, our lawyer devotes his entire practice to helping people get the disability benefits to which they are entitled.
If you are legally blind, you may qualify for benefits under Social Security Disability (SSD) or through Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Each program has different requirements that must be met, but both define legal blindness the same way. A person will be considered to be legally blind if his or her vision cannot be corrected to 20/200 or better in the strongest eye, or if the visual field is less than 20 degrees in the strongest eye.
Our Philadelphia disability lawyers can explain the benefit requirements in greater depth. Legal blindness is not a requirement to qualify for disability benefits. You may still be eligible for SSD or SSI if vision problems such as eye pain, double vision, blurred vision or a restricted field of vision prevent you from working. Of course, all of the other requirements for either benefit program must be met. Our attorney will thoroughly review your case to let you know whether you may qualify.
As far as the Social Security Administration is concerned, you are only as disabled as you appear in your medical records. That is why it is important to get qualified medical attention before you apply for benefits. We will walk you through each step of the application process to ensure that all necessary documentation is included to give you the best chance of acceptance.
We can also handle appeals of applications that have been denied. If you or a loved one suffers from impaired vision, you may be entitled to certain benefits. We take all cases on a contingency basis, so you owe us nothing unless we win your claim.
You do not have to travel to our office to start the process of filing an SSD or SSI claim. To meet with our attorney in person or over the phone, contact us online or call 215-385-5353 or 215-323-5320 to arrange a free initial consultation with our lawyer about SSD/SSI eligibility.