When people suffer from disabling injuries, it can be difficult for them to figure out how to make ends meet. People may lose their source of income but not the expenses they had prior to the injury. For example, individuals still owe money for rent, utilities, food and clothing. Expenses don’t just go away because a person’s income does. When individuals are unable to return to work because of a disability, they may not actually have any way to pay for these expenses.
In these cases, many individuals may be able to turn to Social Security disability benefits to help cover the costs of everyday living. However, Pennsylvania residents should know that these benefits are not luxurious. Benefits may only cover a minimum amount of necessities.
A recent case in Pennsylvania highlights the difficulties for people who are living on SSD benefits in the state. In this case, a man and his family had to go without gas in their home over the winter months. The family consisted of a man, his wife and two children, the man’s 58-year-old intellectually disabled mother and the man’s brother and his brother’s wife.
The man with the children and his mother were both receiving SSD benefits. However, between the two benefits the family still could not afford to meet all of its obligations. While the man’s brother is in the process of applying for SSD benefits, the family must live on the small amount of benefits they aren’t currently receiving. Therefore, all of the family members suffered. At one point it was so cold that none of them could even bathe.
This story shows just how important Social Security benefits can be for individuals in Pennsylvania. However, it also highlights the difficulties for individuals living only on SSD benefits. Individuals that rely on these benefits should understand their legal rights and make sure they are getting the maximum amount benefits that they are entitled to under the law.
Source: The Washington Times, “Advocates blame law change, policies for people left in cold,” Daniel Simmon-Ritchie, March 5, 2016