Each year Social Security has the option to bump up their monthly disability benefits to adjust for inflation. On October 13th, Social Security announced it would bump up benefits by 2%. This averages about $25 extra per month for most beneficiaries.
How Can I Maximize the Amount I Receive From Social Security?
To ensure you are getting the maximum amount of disability benefits you need to do a couple of things. First, make sure you are applying or have applied for every type of benefits you qualify for. Second, make sure Social Security knows your living situation.
Applying For Benefits
There are two types of Social Security Disability benefits. The first is Disability Insurance Benefits (or DIB), the second is Supplemental Security Income (or SSI). To be eligible for DIB benefits you must have sufficient work credits. To see if you qualify click here. For SSI benefits you do not need any work credits, instead this program is needs based. If your household income falls below a level determined by Social Security, you will qualify for this type of benefit. The amount of household income you have varies by household size and type of income. Click here to see if you are eligible for this type of benefit.
It is important to initially apply for any benefit you qualify for to ensure you get the maximum amount of back pay and monthly payments moving forward. If you are already on disability benefits you can contact Social Security to ensure you are receiving the maximum amount of benefits you can.
Make Sure Social Security Knows Your Living Situation
For some of our clients, either during the application phase or after they have been approved for benefits, their household income changes. This can be from a spouse losing a job, a divorce, etc. If your income levels change contact your disability lawyer or Social Security directly if you are already receiving benefits.
Any addition of dependent children should also be reported to Social Security. If you are receiving DIB benefits your dependent children may also be entitled to their own separate benefits. Talk to your attorney or case manager at Social Security about any dependent children living with you.
Call a Utah Disability Attorney
If you are unable to work due to a disability call a Utah disability attorney today. An experienced disability lawyer can ensure that your claim is being handled properly to give you the maximum amount of benefits possible. In addition they can greatly increase your chances of being approved for benefits period. Call today for your free consultation.