One of the first questions you may have when you’re looking at Social Security Disability benefits is, “How much does it pay?”
Like its full name sounds, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a type of insurance run by the government. This insurance is meant to protect you from financial disaster when you’re forced to stop working and earning an income because of health problems.
You paid into this insurance—giving you the right to make a claim on it—by working and paying Social Security taxes.
Disability benefits can make a major difference for you, giving you space to focus on your health and reorient yourself to your new circumstances. SSDI sends payments monthly (in addition to qualifying you for Medicare).
While the payments are a great relief, they won’t completely replace what you could make on the job. It’s impossible to say on a website page like this exactly how much you’ll receive. That depends on your individual situation.
But to help you understand how Social Security comes up with a number, the Tulsa Social Security Disability lawyers at Troutman & Troutman provide more explanation below.
Working with a disability lawyer on your Social Security Disability application or your appeal of a disability benefits denial can help you guard against any mistakes in calculating your SSDI benefits.
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Once you’re approved for benefits and know your monthly Social Security Disability amount, you may wonder: “Can it change?”
Yes. The size of your disability check doesn’t stay the same forever.
Annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) will increase your disability payments bit by bit. The government grants those raises to account for price increases in the overall economy (inflation) that make life more expensive over time.
You also can lose disability benefits if you’re able to return to work and earn more than what Social Security considers “substantial gainful activity.”
If it’s hard for you tell whether your health would allow you to work again, you can take a “trial work period,” to test how you’ll do at work. If you find you can’t handle being back on the job, you can continue getting your disability benefits.
Listen, getting disability benefits isn’t like winning a jackpot. Benefits pay enough to help you keep up with basic necessities.
But when health problems have knocked you out of work and you might be wondering how you’ll even afford your next meal, these benefits are a crucial financial cushion for you.
They preserve your dignity and a measure of independence.
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