Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is designed to give you financial help when you’ve worked to support yourself, and paid your taxes—but now you have to stop working.
It’s a lifeline when health struggles leave you worried about bills and getting by month to month.
SSDI pays monthly checks, if you’re able to prove that you can’t work because of health problems —and you can’t get retirement benefits yet.
This is a government-run insurance program to protect against unplanned health problems cutting off your ability to earn a living. By working and paying into the system, you’ve earned these benefits. This is no handout.
But how do they decide how much you’ll receive?
It’s based on your past earnings, but it’s complicated.
We can help you figure out this process, too.
Every person’s Social Security Disability Income check is different, based on their work history.
This is what goes into calculating your Social Security Disability benefits:
Partly because of how your working years are getting shortened by severe health problems, the number of years going into your benefits calculation is less than it would be for Social Security retirement.
So disability benefits generally pay less than full retirement benefits. And either kind of benefit pays less than what you earned working.
In 2022, Social Security said the average payment for all workers with disability reached $1,358 per month.
If you were denied Social Security Disability benefits, and want to know what you can do next, you can talk to us at the Becker Law Office for a review of your claim at no charge.
One reason our disability lawyers focus on helping people appeal benefits denials is because most people get denied when they first apply for SSDI.
It’s practically a routine part of the process to apply, get denied and need to appeal.
It’s easy to make mistakes in appealing a disability benefits denial, because of all the forms, evidence that you must submit, get in on time, and get right.
You can’t get to that monthly check—and the sense of relief and stability it brings—until you go through the process first.
Becker Law Office disability attorneys work to make that process as smooth, personable and successful as possible for people who need disability benefits in Wisconsin.
To get a better idea of what you could receive from Social Security Disability, and to fight a benefits denial, get in touch with us.
You pay no attorney fee until you win benefits.