Will My Social Security Disability Benefit Amount Increase If My Condition Worsens?

Social Security Disability is a government program that pays monthly benefits to individuals who become disabled and can no longer work.

In order to qualify, the individual must have a disability that is severe enough to prevent  them from working for a year or more, or result in death.  The claimant must have also accumulated enough work credits throughout his or her career, the amount of which will depend on his or her age at the time of disability.

It’s important to note that Social Security does NOT pay benefits for partially disabling conditions. If you are granted benefits, it means that you are 100% disabled—nothing less.

As such, the amount you are paid monthly in the form of your Social Security Disability benefit is not tied to your medical condition.  If your condition worsens, your benefit will not increase to reflect such changes as you were already considered 100% disabled when you were approved for benefits.

On the flip side, your benefits can be taken away if your condition improves and your ability to work is restored. At various times,  the disabled individual will need to go through a Continuing Disability Review (CDR) to evaluate whether or not they still   meet the qualifications to receive benefits.

The bottom line is that while benefit amounts will not increase if your condition worsens, you can lose your benefit all together if you get better.

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