A person afflicted with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) who is unable to work due to this ailment may be entitled to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. This would be the case if the individual worked a minimum of 12 months and had a medical condition serious enough that it may result in death.
An individual can qualify for benefits either under the Social Security Disability Insurance program or the Supplemental Security Income program. SSI benefits may be granted almost immediately for up to six months before the SSA makes a final decision on the person’s claim. A doctor must testify that the HIV infection has reached a severe point and meets the SSA’s medical requirements for eligibility. If the individual instead opts to gain benefits through the SSDI program, he or she may apply for benefits online at www.socialsecuritydisability.gov/disability.
If you have been working for some time and you suddenly become ill or disabled, making you unable to work, Social Security disability benefits can go a long way towards helping you financially. If you live in San Antonio, an attorney at the Chris Mayo Law Firm may help you file a claim for the funds you need. Call our offices at (210) 899-5440 today to learn more.