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Disability freeze may be available for blindness

Blindness and low vision are serious medical conditions that prevent individuals from seeing either completely or reducing their ability to see in a significant way. These individuals may struggle to find a job. Unfortunately, blindness and vision loss plague many New Jersey residents and can prevent them from earning the incomes that they need to live.

As has been discussed in prior posts on this Social Security Disability legal blog, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a type of Social Security benefit that pays individuals who cannot work. In conjunction with Social Security Disability benefits, which are primarily based on medical qualification, a person who suffers from blindness or vision loss may be able to apply for both programs.

Some Social Security benefits and income programs base the amount of an individual's benefits on the earning history they accumulated over the course of their life, prior to sustaining their disability. If a person worked with a disability and did not collect benefits, but earned a lower salary due to their disability, they may be able to request a freeze for the period of time their income was low and they did not receive benefits.

A disability freeze effectively removes the years of reduced income from the benefits calculation for the individual. This ensures that their average income is higher and the Social Security Administration may therefore pay them a higher benefits amount.

Individuals who suffer from blindness and vision loss may be eligible for the disability freeze. Those who have questions about this and other Social Security Disability benefits and income programs are encouraged to speak with their benefits attorneys about their options.

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