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Blindness and Eligibity For Social Security Disability

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Sep 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Being legally blind, unable to see better than 20/200 with glasses, is one of the few automatics in the Social Security disability system. By that, I mean that if you are blind, you should get your disability benefits. But,

course, there are always wrinkles to consider.

Date Last Insured

One issue pertains to how long one remains eligible for benefits for being without sight. Normally, most Social Security applicants have to show that they are still

Out Of Darkness

within their date last insured, or DLI. But, for the blind, a different set of rules apply.

Fully Insured

To be eligible for benefits, a blind applicant can show that he is fully insured. If that is true, the DLI issue is not relevant. So, what does that mean? Generally speaking, Social Security considers someone fully insured if they have earned 40 quarters of work (10 years) during their lifetime. This is also the test for being eligible for Social Security retirement benefits.  One nice thing about being fully insured is that you never lose that status once you have obtained it. 

Other Issues To Consider

There are other issues involved in making a disability claim based on blindness that are outside the scope of this

There's Always Rules

post. If you are legally blind and are having trouble getting Social Security disability benefits, make sure that Social Security is applying the correct date last insured.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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