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Can I Receive More Social Security Disability If I Get Another Condition Or Illness?

The amount of an individualís Social Security disability benefit does not depend upon the quantity of medical and/or physical conditions or illnesses. In fact, the severity of an individualís condition or illness has nothing to do with the amount of their disability benefit amount either.

An individualís earnings prior to becoming disabled are what determine the amount of their monthly disability benefit. Each year, an individualís earnings are reported to the IRS and recorded on a Social Security Earnings record. Social Security is responsible for maintaining and correcting individual earnings records.

Keeping this in mind, you can see that the number of illnesses or conditions an individual has or acquires while receiving Social Security disability has nothing to do with the amount of their monthly disability benefit.

At this point, you may be wondering if there is anyway to increase an individualís disability benefit amount. Unfortunately, there are very few ways that an individualís disability benefit can be increased.

Ways to increase benefits

I can think of only two ways an individualís monthly disability benefit amount can be increased.

1. Disability benefit amounts can be increased through cost of living increases or by work activity. Most years, Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability beneficiaries receive an increase in their disability benefits to account for inflation.

2. The only other way an individualís disability benefit can increase is through work activity.

Work activity and Social Security disability entitlement are a tricky situation. Part of the definition of Social Security disability is that an individual must have a medically determinable mental or medical impairment that has prevented them from working and earning SGA (a monthly earnings amount) for at least twelve continuous months, or is expected to prevent SGA work for twelve months.

This means that, to be approved for disability, you must be unable to perform substantial work activity (SGA stands for substantial gainful activity). So working could actually cause an individualís disability benefit to be suspended or even terminated.

Even though work activity can cause problems for disability beneficiaries, those who have not worked much, or have very low earnings amounts in the years prior to becoming disabled, may find that even work that is not SGA may cause an increase in their monthly disability benefit amount.

However, most Social Security disability beneficiaries will have no increase in their disability benefit amount other than cost of living increases.

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    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

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    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Medical exams for disability claims

    Applying for Disability in various states

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

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    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

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    FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions

    The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration

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    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

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    Applying for Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

    Related pages:

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    How far back will they go on a disability back payment?
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    Can you File for Disability for more than one Condition?
    How Disabling Does A Condition Have To Be For Social Security Disability, SSDI Benefits?
    Receiving Benefits - Your Medical Condition and Social Security Disability or SSI
    What Conditions Qualify For Social Security Disability?
    Receiving disability for a mental condition in North Carolina
    What condition or conditions qualifies for disability in North Carolina?
    Social Security Disability Approvals - Medical Conditions and Getting Approved
    If Social Security says you have an overpayment can you have a hearing by a judge?
    If you apply for disability in Maryland
    Will I qualify for disability benefits in Maryland?
    Getting a Disability Lawyer in Maryland

    These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

    Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
    How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
    Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
    What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
    How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
    How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
    Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
    Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria