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What is the difference between the PIA and the Family Max?

The Family Max refers to the maximum monetary amount payable to all members of the number holder’s (disability or retirement beneficiary) family, including both the disabled worker and his or her dependents. The PIA, or primary insurance amount, is only payable to the disabled or retired beneficiary.

Some disability or retirement beneficiaries may have nothing left on their record to enable Social Security to pay dependents due to a low earnings record. Consequently, in such situations, the family max may be equal to the PIA amount.

It is important to remember the disabled or retired beneficiary must be paid first, and then any remaining money will be paid to dependents. The amount payable to dependents on the disabled person’s record is determined by subtracting the numberholder’s PIA (Primary Insurance Amount) from the maximum monetary amount payable to the family (Family Max).

There are rules which govern the maximum amounts payable to dependents, therefore you should contact your local Social Security office to determine what amounts might be payable to dependents.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Social Security Disability Benefits and Drug and Alcohol Use
Factors involved in Winning SSDI or SSI Claims
The amount of back pay that you receive
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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.

How to file for disability, SSD or SSI
How to file for Disability and what medical conditions qualify
How long will it take to get disability?
What if your disability gets denied?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How to get disability with a mental condition
How long for Social Security Disability Back pay
Social Security Disability SSI eligibility