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Out of over 2.1 million initial claims that were filed in 2004, just fewer than 800,000 were approved.
You can get disability benefits if you:
When you're eligible for retirement or disability benefits, the following people may receive benefits on your record:
Date of Onset
Your "date of onset" is considered the first day you are unable to work because of your disability. The date of onset may or may not be the same as the date you were diagnosed. Applicants usually use the day they last worked as the date of onset.
Month of Entitlement
Your "month of entitlement" to SSDI will be that month which is five full months following your last day of work (your sixth month of disability).
If your disability began more than six months before you applied for SSDI, you may be eligible for "back benefits." Applications for SSDI can be retroactive only up to 12 months.
Family Maximum is the maximum amount of benefits payable to an entire family on any one worker's record.
Supplementary Security Income pays benefits based on financial need.
Whenever Social Security makes a decision that affects your eligibility for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits, we send you a letter explaining the decision. If you disagree with the decision, you have the right to appeal it (ask them to review your case). If their decision was wrong, they will change it.
Application for Benefits
To claim Social Security Disability benefits, you must complete and sign an application. You can apply for retirement benefits and spouse's benefits online, in person, or by telephone, or you can have one of our trained professionals help you.
Social Security provides five major categories of benefits:
The retirement, family (dependents), survivor, and disability programs provide monthly cash benefits and Medicare provides medical coverage.
Lump Sum Death Payment
A one-time payment of $255 paid in addition to any monthly survivor's insurance benefits that are due. This benefit is paid only to your widow/widower or minor children.
You are the widow/widower of the insured person if, at the time the insured person died:
The minimum age for
Always consult with an experienced social security disability professional when you need help getting your disability benefits.
Jacoby & Meyers Social Security Disability Help Center
A Jacoby & Meyers professional can help you at all levels of the administrative process to:
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