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If you’re eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and need an emergency payment, it would unfortunately take a very unique set of circumstances to qualify.
For one, those who are only eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance cannot receive emergency payments. Only those with low income and few assets to their name will be considered by the SSA.
But in addition to an individual’s financial status, he or she must qualify for presumptive VA disability benefits – having a disability on the SSA’s list of conditions so severe that someone who has them can pretty much be guaranteed to qualify for compensation.If you’re not sure whether your condition could be eligible, you can ask when you first apply for benefits.
If you wish to have your claim expedited, you may request an expedited hearing due to dire need. Having a dire need means that you are unable to provide yourself with food, shelter, medical care or you have a terminal illness. However, keep in mind that dire need requests are seldom approved unless the latter is the reason.
One route to explore is temporary assistance from the state. If you meet the public assistance criteria and have a condition that severely disables you, it’s definitely worth looking into.
If you or a loved one believe you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income, contact us today for a 100% free and confidential legal consultation, either by phone or at one of our five West Virginia offices — in Parkersburg, Charleston, Logan, Huntington or Beckley – and Charlotte, NC.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law