Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Requirements for Disability
Applications for disability
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after a Denial
Mental Disability Benefits
Denials for Disability
Appeals for denied claims
Disability Benefits from SSA
Child Disability Benefits
Qualifications and How to Qualify
Working and Disability
Disability Awards and Notices
Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys
Social Security List of Conditions
What Social Security considers disabling
Medical Evidence and Disability
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSD SSI Definitions
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If I Get Approved For Disability And Later Get Another condition, Can My Benefits Be Increased And Go Up?
Social Security disability payment amounts are not based upon the severity of a disability beneficiary’s medical or mental condition, the number of conditions they have, or any additional disabling conditions they might have, or later develop. Title 2 (otherwise known as Social security disability) benefits are simply calcuated according to how much was paid into the system by the individual as a result of their work activity and the credits that they earned.
Social Security disability payment amounts are determined at the time an individual is approved for disability. If an individual is approved for Social Security disability benefits, their monthly benefit amount is based upon their earnings prior to becoming disabled.
If they were young, or had low earnings over the years, or had not worked much prior to becoming disabled, their Social Security disability monthly payment amount is likely to be small with little or no additional money available to pay benefits (dependent benefits) to their children or spouses.
However, if they have had a steady history of work with average or above average earnings prior to becoming disabled, they have a better chance of receiving higher monthly disability payment amounts with additional money available to pay dependents.
If the disability beneficiary is A) receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income) disability benefits, or B) receiving concurrent SSI and Social Security disability benefits (those with very low Social Security disability benefit amounts can also receive an additional amount of SSI disability benefits, basically to make up for how low their SSD check is), then their total monthly benefit cannot be any higher than whatever the current monthly maximum is for SSI disability.
The maximum monthly SSI amount is determined and set by Congress. The SSI monthly benefit amount cannot increase unless Congress sets a new monthly benefit payment amount.
To address the title of this page and the question with which we begain, there are no increases to Social Security disability or SSI disability monthly benefits on the basis of an additional disabling condition. In rare cases, an individual who receives Social Security disability benefits can receive an increase in their disability monthly benefits if they have performed some work activity since while receiving disability benefits.
However, generally, this only occurs if an individual had very few years of earnings, or very low earnings prior to becoming disabled. Remember all work activity should be reported to Social Security to prevent problems such as overpayments or disability benefit suspensions and terminations.
The only other way Social Security disability or SSI disability monthly benefit amounts can be increased is through cost of living adjustments. Cost of living increases are given to adjust for the rate of inflation and are at the discretion of the Federal government.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing an application for disability
Filing for disability and medical conditions that qualify
How long to get disability benefits when you apply
Social Security Disability application denied
Winning disability benefits, how to win
Winning disability for a mental condition
Social Security Disability Back pay, SSD, SSI
Eligible for Social Security Disability SSI