If My Condition Gets Worse, Will My SSD Benefits Increase?

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In order to be approved for Social Security Disability benefits, your condition, or a variety of conditions, must meet the SSA’s strict definition of disability. If you are approved for SSD benefits, the Social Security Administration considers that you are 100% disabled.

But what happens if your condition gets worse? Would your disability benefits change?

There is an exception where those receiving SSD benefits may have options for an increased income limit if a specific condition worsens. Yet, overall, benefits do not increase. This is because your benefit amount is not calculated based on the severity of your disability.

In fact, your disability benefit is based on your earnings and work history, as Social Security Disability is funded through The Federal Insurance Contributions Act.

What is the Exception?

Individuals who are receiving SSD benefits due to low vision who then progress to becoming legally or fully blind, may have a chance to increase their income. This is because the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) income limit increases for blind individuals. Therefore, blind individuals can potentially continue to receive SSD benefits and have a chance to earn more through work due to the increased income limit.

The Disability Attorneys of Michigan Can Help

Disability Attorneys of Michigan work hard every day helping the disabled of Michigan seek the Social Security Disability Benefits they need. If you are unable to work due to a physical, mental, or cognitive impairment, call Disability Attorneys of Michigan now for a free consultation at 800-701-5524.

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