Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) pays monthly benefits to individuals who are no longer able to work due to their medical condition. Such condition must be considered chronic in nature thus not expected improve. In order to receive disability benefits, the applicant bears the heavy burden of proving that their condition is severe and chronic in nature. Furthermore, the applicant must also meet certain non-medical criteria as well including proving they have worked long enough and paid taxes.
The amounts of benefit one may receive are directly dependent on the disabled worker's past earnings and are paid to the disabled worker. To be eligible, a disabled worker must have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. Since no two applicants earn the same exact amount, their benefits will vary.
To determine an applicant’s benefit amount, Social Security uses the Average Indexed Monthly Earnings (AIME) and Primary Insurance Amount (PIA) to calculate the benefits. The formula Social Security uses is quite complicated, and most people won't be interested in trying to calculate their benefits on their own, especially because Social Security can give you an estimate.
To give you an idea of what you might receive, for 2013, the average SSDI benefit amount was $1,132 per month, but you can receive anywhere up to $2,533.
If you are thinking about Filing a Social Security Disability Claim, you may want to know that you are not alone. Every year, over 2 million people also file for such benefits. Many more don't even bother to apply because they do not understand that they can receive Social Security Disability in addition to other benefits.
Another word, navigating your way through a Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim can be a confusing and frustrating task. Most applicants believe that just because they have worked long enough and paid their share of taxes, the government will take care of them. Many more applicants have the misconception that by filling out some forms, their benefit checks will automatically arrive within a couple months. Unfortunately, this is simply not true. A recent study by the Social Security Administration provided that 65% of all initial claims are rejected nationwide, that’s 2 out of every 3. Moreover, out of the 65% percent who are denied, less than half are appealed to the next level. That means that about a million people a year are so confused by the process or discouraged by their first denial that they give up!
As discussed above, Starting Your Disability Claim can be confusing and exhausting for the average person. Although you can file your own claim, our many years of experience have showed us that when a claimant files his or her own application, often crucial information is left out of the claim. Sometimes, relevant medical problems are never entered into the application in the first place. Moreover, as a layperson, claimants are unfamiliar with the rules and regulations the Social Security Administration utilizes in deciding a claim. This is where we come in.
This is where we come in, if you are thinking about Starting Your Disability Claim in Glendale or another city, you may want to consult with one of our Social Security Disability advocates who will work tirelessly in representing your interests. Our advocates have decades of combined experience in representing clients before the Social Security Administration. Social Security Disability cases are all that we do, thus representing countless number of cases has allowed our firm to understand what is required to ultimately win. One last thing, our firm works on a contingency fee basis meaning we don't get paid until you win. So go ahead, give us a call or fill out the contact form for further assistance. Let us help you get the benefits you deserve.