Can We Apply For More Benefits?

Question: My husband has been receiving benefits from Social Security Disability because he suffers from diabetes. A month ago, his condition required him to have his leg amputated. Can we apply for an increase in his benefits because of his condition worsening?


Answer: No. Unfortunately for you, the amount of benefits a person receives from Social Security Disability does not depend upon how severe the person’s disabling condition is. Instead, it is simply decided based upon whether or not the person is disabled. Once a person is determined to be disabled, there are several factors that help determine the amount, such as age and amount of Social Security taxes paid.

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