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Can my Supplemental Security Income be expedited?

Certain New Jersey residents who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income and meet all the necessary requirements may need to receive their benefits in an expedited manner. Many are unaware of how to go about getting expedited payments. There are four circumstances in which this can happen: if there is presumptive disability or presumptive blindness; for emergency advance payment; for immediate payment; and in expedited reinstatement.

With PD or PB, the presumptive payments can be made for six months while awaiting the decision from the Disability Determination Services. The condition, its severity, the evidence available, and the likelihood of an approval will all be factored in. It has nothing to do with financial need. Some conditions can lead to the SSI being paid immediately. Examples include: being totally deaf; totally blind; having a leg amputated at the hip; having had a stroke more than three months before and still having issues walking or using extremities; cerebral palsy; muscular dystrophy; Down syndrome; and many more.

When people are given presumptive disability benefits and the claim is denied, the payments do not need to be repaid except in cases of excess income, excess resources or substantial gainful activity. In those cases, there might be a request for some of the payments to be repaid. There can be an immediate payment if they are new applicants or already receive SSI and they are delayed or have not been received and they are confronted with a financial emergency. The payment cannot exceed $999.

As with any SSI case, one of the most important factors is to follow the rules and meet the criteria. For people who need expedited SSI or have any other issues related to SSI-related benefits, a legal professional is vital. A law firm that is experienced in Supplemental Security Income can be of assistance.

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