Many people with Philadelphia disability benefits wonder if they can receive more benefits each month if their disability becomes worse. This question comes from both people who are receiving benefits from Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This information can be particularly helpful for people with SSI benefits who may not be able to work as many hours when their disability worsens. If you have any questions about any of this, feel free to talk to a Philadelphia Disability Lawyer for answers.
Since SSDI disability benefits depend on Social Security work credits and SSI programs depend on how much income a person makes each month, they do not tend to increase if a person’s disability worsens. The reason Philadelphia disability programs do not increase their benefits is that a person who is considered disabled enough to receive those benefits has met the disability threshold already.
In other words, disability benefits are solely based on whether a person can or cannot work with a disability. They are not based on levels of a disability like mild or severe. The SSA is only concerned about things related to your ability to work like Philadelphia substantial gainful activity, work credits, and monthly income. In terms of your disability, the SSA is only concerned with whether your disability:
Your disability benefits cannot increase, but they can decrease or be taken away if your disability improves or if the SSA believes your condition is improving enough for you to return to work. This is when many people find themselves in trouble because the SSA routinely does checkups on their disability and can take away benefits if they deem necessary.
Do not panic if your disability benefits are going to be taken away or have already been removed. You have the legal option to file a Philadelphia disability benefits appeal. There are four main levels of appeals you can go through until to run out of legal options.
The first level is reconsideration, when you request a re-review of your disability claim, adding any new details that come up with your disability. A lawyer can work with you on this to show that even though disability has improved, you are still in need of disability benefits. If this does not work, you can move to a hearing with an administrative law judge followed by a review by an appeals council if that fails. The final level you can go to is a federal court review.
You do not have to fight for disability benefits alone. Consider working with a Philadelphia Denied Benefits Appeal Attorney if your disability benefits were removed and you want to appeal this decision. All you have to do is call Edelstein & Nelson today at (800) – 300 – 0909 for a consultation. Our experienced team of Philadelphia disability attorneys can work with you to help you defend your disability claim.