Buckley & Buckley, LLC
234 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 203-624-2424
mab@buckleyandbuckley.info
WHAT WILL MY BENEFIT AMOUNT BE?
34 YEARS OF FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS OF OUR CLIENTS

  • HOW MUCH WILL I BE PAID?
    Clients always ask, as soon as they receive their decision, "How much will I be paid?". The answer is different for every person who is awarded benefits. The first issue is whether the person is going to receive SSD (Title II) or SSI (Title XVI) or a combination of SSD and SSI. Here are some basics, but each case is different. In addition, this is a handy chart from Social Security: CHART

  • SSD
    SSD is based on how much you have paid into the system. The maximum, currently, is $2,663.00 per month. Most person's benefits will be significantly less than that. In addition to the benefits for the disabled worker, minor dependent children will also receive a monthly benefit. The amount of that benefit is based on the amount the disabled worker receives.


  • SSI
    SSI has a maximum benefit of $733.00 per monthd. However, that amount will be reduced if the disabled person is receiving rent or food assistance and if there are assets above allowed limits, the right to benefits may be affected.


  • HOW FAR BACK WILL THE PAYMENTS GO
    SSD: The benefits can go back only 12 months before the date of the application. However, this is also dependent on the date you are found to have become disabled. So, if you are determined to have become disabled after the date of your application, the entitlement to benefits will not start until that disability date. SSI: SSI can only go back to the date of application, regardless as to how long before the application date the person became disabled.


  • THE NASTY FIVE MONTH WAITING PERIOD
    For SSD the first five (5) months of disability are not paid. So, if you are determined to have become disabled on January 1, 2013 (assuming that your application was filed by December 31, 2013), your first month of benefits will be June 1, 2013.


  • MEDICARE
    Any person in SSD "pay status" for 24 months will be eligible for Medicare. With the elimination period, the eligibility for Medicare starts on the 29th month. There are two exceptions for that: persons who are on dialysis for kidney failure (rules are complicated on this, too) and with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).


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