3 Social Security Disability Facts

Are you applying for social security disability benefits? As your local Social Security disability attorney in Winston Salem, I am here to help every step of the way. First, it’s important that you understand some basic facts about the Social Security disability program.

Fact 1: Disability is defined very strictly.

To be eligible for disability benefits, an individual must meet the definition of disability under the Social Security Act. A person is considered disabled if he or she can’t work due to a severe medical condition that has lasted, or is expected to last one year or result in death. The person’s disability must prevent him or her from doing the work that he or she did in the past. Additionally, it must prevent the person from adjusting to other work.

Fact 2: Disability payments are modest.

Social Security paid an average of monthly disability benefit of $1,165 in 2015. This is just above the 2014 poverty level of $11,670 annually. Even those these payments are minimal, they make a huge difference in the lives of people who can no longer work. Disability payments provide basic needs to families.

Fact 3: Disability benefits is insurance that workers earn.

The Social Security disability program is insurance under which workers can earn coverage for benefits, by working and paying taxes on their earnings. Disability benefits provide benefits to workers and their dependents. Disability insurance is a way to replace lost income for those who can longer work due to a disability.

Ready to begin your Social Security disability benefits application? Call to talk to a Social Security Disability Attorney in Winston Salem today at (800) 556-9115.

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