What Is Presumptive Disability?

Applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is often a long, drawn out process. It can take months for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to approve or deny your claim. Presumptive disability (PD) payments can help keep you afloat while the Disability Determination Services (DDS) reviews your disability application.

Presumptive Disability Definition

Presumptive disabilities are medical conditions that qualify for disability benefits and can be easily identified or “presumed.” When applying for SSI, you can also apply for PD. Because SSI applications take so long to review, PD allows individuals to receive more immediate help. Some of the conditions which commonly qualify for presumptive disability payments include:

  • Total blindness
  • Total deafness
  • Amputated leg(s) at the hip
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Low birth weights
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • End-stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring chronic dialysis
  • Terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less

If you suffer from one of the above conditions, the SSA will likely approve your application for PD. The SSA website offers a more complete list of conditions that often qualify for PD. However, PD and/or SSI claims from individuals with one of these disabilities may still be denied. But working with a Social Security benefits lawyer greatly increases the likelihood of a successful claim.

How Long Does It Take To Get Presumptive Disability?

The Social Security Administration can approve your application for presumptive disability immediately. When they do, you should begin to receive benefits within days or weeks. PD payments can continue for up to six months, giving the DDS time to fully review your SSI application. When approved, your SSI benefits will replace PD benefits.

If you have a disability that prevents you from working, we can help you get the benefits you deserve. Our Social Security Disability Lawyers in Morris have helped countless people like you file successful claims. Reach out today to schedule a free consultation.

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