Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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What Determines Social Security Disability Income?
How to prove you are disabled
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Social security disability income (SSD) is based on the amount a working individual would receive in retirement benefits, had they not become disabled.
The social security disability insurance (SSDI) program was put in place to help disabled workers, who are insured for SSDI benefits, to receive a living wage and health benefits until they reach retirement age, at which time they would be eligible for standard Medicare benefits.
You can find out the exact dollar amount of SSDI compensation for which you are eligible by contacting your local social security office.
Itís best to call your local social security office in all matters regarding your social security disability case, rather than using the online applications processónot only do you have the benefit of talking directly to a knowledgeable person who can answer your question in detail, but you also have the chance to establish contacts and (hopefully) rapport with one or two individuals in the office, which cannot hurt your case.
After you have requested an application, completed the required disability forms, and participated in a disability interview, your social security disability income will be determined as follows:
1. Your application for disability will be sent to the state agency in charge of making disability determinations for social security. Some common names for this agency are the bureau for disability determination services, disability determination division/services, etc.
2. Your case will be assigned to an examiner, who will review your medical records and make a disability determination based on these records.
3. You will be notified if your disability application has been approved or denied, and what, if any, compensation you can expect to receive. If you have not been approved for SSDI benefits, you will be informed of your right to appeal the decision, and how to go about doing that.
4. You have 60 days to file an appeal upon rejection of your disability application . If you have been denied social security disability benefits, you should contact your local social security office immediately, and request the forms needed to submit a request for reconsideration. However, at this point you may wish to retain a disability lawyer to take over your case.
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