When an individual is unable to work due to a medical condition, he or she may seek financial support from the Social Security Administration. Social Security Disability Insurance is one option available to individuals who are currently disabled but have an employment history that includes paying certain payroll taxes. As each disability is different, the amount one may receive in support each month depends on the individual situation.
Know what to expect from benefits
Estimates suggest that the average amount disability benefits recipients get each from the SSA is $1,358.30. In 2022, the maximum amount one could receive is $3,345 per month. There are various factors that could impact the amount that one may receive in disability benefits, and an applicant may find it helpful to understand what to expect before applying.
Factors that could affect SSDI/SSI payments amounts include the amount the applicant paid in Social Security taxes and average earnings. The SSA will calculate all the money earned between when the applicant turned 22 and when he or she became disabled. The severity or nature of an applicant’s disability does not affect the amount he or she will receive in benefits.
Work with an experienced attorney
A California Social Security attorney can be an ally for one navigating the complex application process. He or she may also provide insight regarding how to calculate the expected amount of disability benefits and how to avoid setbacks in the application process. An assessment of the specific case can help one know if he or she is eligible and how to fight for necessary disability benefits.