The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers blindness to be a qualifying physical condition for disability benefits. However, in order to qualify for disability benefits for blindness, the affected individual has to prove via the appropriate medical documentation that his best-corrected visual acuity is 20/200 or less in his better eye. Other essential components of obtaining disability benefits for blindness may include proof of:
- The impacts that the visual disorder has on the individual’s ability to work
- The cause of the blindness or visual disorder (It’s important to note that not all applicants will have to establish what caused their blindness; in fact, whether or not an applicant needs to provide documentation regarding the cause of his blindness will depend on the specific circumstances of his case).
Acceptable Forms of Proof for the SSA
Documents that the SSA considers to be acceptable forms of proof when it comes to filing disability benefit claims include:
- Lab and medical reports associated with an individual’s diagnosis
- Medical reports included in an individual’s medical file (regarding his medical history)
- Official reports from hospitals, clinics or other healthcare facilities that provided treatment to the applicant.
What You Need to Know When Filing a Disability Claim
If you or a loved one is blind and is considering filing a disability benefits claim with the Social Security Administration, it’s crucial that you do not try to navigate this notoriously complicated system and process on your own. This is because even just one mistake can cause your legitimate disability claim to be delayed or even outright denied. Alternately, let an experienced attorney represent you and guide you through the process in order to give yourself the best chances of obtaining a favorable outcome to your case.
Portland Social Security Disability and SSI Lawyer at the Law Firm of Richard A. Sly
Richard A. Sly is a Portland Social Security Disability and SSI lawyer who has been committed to helping his clients obtain the disability benefits they need and deserve for more than 30 years. While he is skilled at building his clients the strongest possible cases so that they have optimal chances of securing benefits the first time they present their case, he also has a proven track record of success when it comes to handling denials or appeals.
Some of the specific ways that Richard Sly is able to do this time and again for his clients include by:
- Obtaining timely, accurate information from their physicians
- Working with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Gathering evidence from their relatives and co-workers
- Working diligently to build each of his clients the strongest possible cases
- Flawlessly presenting their cases and advocating their rights in any necessary setting (including before the Social Security Administration, their Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), their Appeals Council and in the U.S. District and Circuit Courts).
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To discuss your case and get your claim started at no upfront cost, call us toll free at 503-224-0436 or email us using the form on the upper right side of this page. We offer free initial consultations, are conveniently located in downtown Portland near public transportation, and serve clients throughout the states of Washington and Oregon.