How Much Will Social Security Disability Pay?

By Douglas I. Friedman of Friedman Law Firm, P.C.

This is a common question. Social Security does not base how much your monthly benefit amount is on how disabled you are. Social Security determines the amount of your monthly benefit based on your work history and how much you have paid in FICA taxes over your work history. Regardless of how severe your disability is, Social Security will only allocate benefits based on how much money you have already put into the system based on their earnings requirement.

If you have never worked or have not worked in many years, you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income. SSI is a program designed to help those who are disabled and have little or no income. Because SSI is not funded by Social Security taxes, some individuals who are not eligible for Social Security Disability may be eligible for SSI benefits. Call us to find out if you are eligible.