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I receive retirement and am legally blind with retinitis pigmentosa, can I also file for disability?
Dear Sir/Madam: I have a concerned question, about my non-cureable disability, I was born with an eye diseased called retinitis pigmentosa, no cures available at this time. I am legally blind, at present I am receiving regular social security benefits once a month. I was receiving SSDI benefits, until I turned 66 this year. My main question is, would I be eligible for disability benefits, in regards to my legal blindness status.
Would I not be eligible for some kind of financial assistance under federal status, or state level? All I would like to know is if I am eligible to file a claim for disability, in regards to my issue. A prompt reply would be most appreciated,
Thanking you in advance for your assistance in this request.
In reading over your question, the amount you are receiving is the most you can receive in Social Security benefits. This is because your disability benefit has converted to full retirement benefits as do all disability beneficiaries at full retirement age. Full retirement or disability benefits are the highest amount payable to you.
Another way of explaining this is that when a person is insured for Social Security Disability--as a result of earned quarters of credit through their work history--and they are awarded benefits on the basis of satisfying the SSA definition of disability (which means being approved on the basis of A) satisfying the requirements of a listing in the Social Security listings book, or B) by being awarded a medical-vocational allowance determination that shows you cannot return to your past work, or perform any other type of work based on your age, education, physical and mental limitations, and work skills), then they are essentially receiving a benefit amount that they would have gotten at retirement age. They are simply getting it sooner on the basis of being disabled.
I wish I had something more helpful to tell you but Social Security benefits amounts are based upon your earnings not your individual medical impairments. And no one can file for disability benefits after full retirement.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Blind in one eye and a Learning Disability, Do I have a Case?
Receiving Social Security Disability benefits if you are blind
Legally blind with retinitis pigmentosa, can I also file for disability?
Getting approved for disability based on being blind
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits
What is qualifying for disability based on?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What are the SSI disability qualifications for Adults and Children?
How Likely are You to Win Your Disability Case?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
Working while getting Disability - Is it Possible?
What is Social Security Back Pay?
What is the maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability?