Disability benefits from the Social Security Administration may be your only source of income if you become too disabled to work because of a physical or a medical condition. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help you to determine if you are eligible for benefits and can assist in applying for them.
How Are Your Disability Benefits Determined?
The amount of money that you will receive from Social Security Disability income will be determined first, and foremost, based on which disability benefits program you become eligible for.
If you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), the amount of money that you receive in benefits will be based upon the income that you earned while you were working and paying into the Social Security system. The more you earned while you were working and the more Social Security taxes you paid into the system, the higher your benefits will be.
SSDI is available to you only if you have earned a sufficient number of work credits or, in some circumstances, if you can qualify based on a family member's work record. If you are eligible, SSDI will typically provide a higher monthly benefit than the Social Security Administration's other program that provides benefits for the disabled.
The other program providing benefits for the disabled, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is intended for low-income disabled and elderly individuals with limited assets. The benefits you receive are set based on the federal benefit rate, which can change from year-to-year.
A Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits lawyer can provide you with help in maximizing the disability benefits you are able to receive and in submitting a comprehensive application so you have the best chance of getting benefits. Contact an attorney today to learn more.