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Can I Get More Benefits If My Disabling Conditions Gets Worse?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Mar 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Gotta Be More In There Somewhere . . .

Periodically people call to ask if they can get more in Social Security benefits if their health declines.  These are people who are already on Social Security disability but wish to get more money each month.  There is some logic in this, but, unfortunately, Social Security disability does not work that way.

Benefits Calculations Are Purely Mathematical

Social Security first determines if you are disabled.  Once they make this determination they next calculate how much you are entitled to in monthly benefits.  This latter calculation is not based on the severity of your medical problems. Rather, the determination is purely financial.   Simply put, the

Carry The One . .

more money you paid into the system via payroll taxes, the higher your benefits are going to be.   

Only More Earnings Would Increase Your Benefits

No change in your health for the worse is going to result in you getting additional monthly benefits. The only way to increase that number would be to go off of Social Security disability and return to work.  Even that approach would require years or earnings to change the monthly benefits amount significantly.

All Or Nothing At All

Intuitively, it seems as if you are on disability for a bad back and then you lose an arm, you should get more benefits. After all, you are now "more" disabled. But, Social Security is an all or nothing system.

Keep the good questions coming. 

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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