Numerous Americans suffer from a medical condition that interferes with their ability to work. As a result, these individuals rely on Social Security disability benefits to provide for themselves and their families. Applicants for the program consist of both veterans and nonveterans who must satisfy the same eligibility requirements before being approved. Once eligibility has been established, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will calculate how much the claimant is to receive using the following considerations.
To decide how much a nonveteran will get, the SSA uses a complex formula that is largely based on their average monthly earnings history over a period of up to 35 years. Typically, the higher the earnings, the more disability benefits an individual will collect. The amount may be adjusted annually to reflect the current level of inflation. Also, receiving other income, such as workers’ compensation payments, state retirement benefits, and civil service disability benefits, has the potential to reduce Social Security disability payments.
The amount a disabled veteran can collect each month will depend on their average lifetime earnings from both military and civilian jobs. Unlike the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability program, the SSA does not take into account the severity of the condition, why the applicant was discharged from the military, or how long they were on active duty. Instead, they only look to ensure that the disability makes it impossible to work and that sufficient taxes have been paid into the system. Additionally, receiving VA benefits will not reduce how much can be collected.
It’s common for veterans and nonveterans alike to become overwhelmed with the process of applying for disability benefits. If you believe you qualify for the program, don’t hesitate to contact The Gil Law Firm for expert guidance. Offering nearly two decades of experience, they can help you gather all of the information necessary to prove your eligibility. With their assistance, disabled residents throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Florida have successfully been approved for the maximum amount. To discuss your situation, call the Dothan, AL, office at (334) 673-0100. You can also visit them online to learn more about their services.