Social Security Disability – Dealing with the Wait
Your budget is tight — and the one thing getting you through this difficult time is the thought of your SSI or SSDI check. Unfortunately, it might be a long time before you actually receive the disability benefits you require. In the meantime, you’ll need to budget carefully and obtain other sources of income, if possible. Keep these suggestions in mind as you wait for your benefits:
Apply For Other Sources of Assistance
As you await a disability determination, you may be able to obtain other forms of assistance. For example, you may qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF). If you don’t qualify for medical assistance, you may still be eligible for care from community clinics or Georgia’s Assertive Community Treatment program. Additional local programs offer everything from rent assistance to job training. In rare cases, unemployment benefits may be available, although those eligible for unemployment are typically not eligible for SSDI or SSI benefits.
Plan For The Worst
As you wait for your disability benefits, consider the very real possibility that they’ll never arrive. What will you do to get by without that financial padding? Use this time as preparation for a possible future without disability benefits. Take inventory of your current income and budget, and determine areas in which you can cut back. Can you move in with other family members to save on rent? Is there any freelance work you can do from the comfort of your home so as to pad your income? Any unnecessary expenses such as cable you can avoid? The more you know about a possible future without benefits, the better prepared and more at ease you’ll feel. No matter what happens, you can handle it.
The right disability lawyer can reduce your wait time and obtain a prompter response from the Social Security Administration. Call Smith, Wallis & Scott, LLP at 770-214-2500 to learn more.