The Social Security Administration recently announced that monthly Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 63 million Americans will increase 1.5 percent in 2014. The 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin for SSD recipients in January 2014.
According to CNNMoney.com, the latest adjustment will add about $19 to monthly checks, taking the average benefit to $1,294.
With the increase, the maximum federal benefit for an individual receiving SSI will rise from $710 per month to $721. At the same time, the federal ceiling for a couple on SSI will grow from $1,066 per month to $1,082.
I represent many people attempting to obtain the Social Security Disability benefits they contributed to because their disability prevents them from working. Not one client has told me that Social Security Disability benefits (and the COLA increases) are better than working and receiving increases because of hard work.
There are a bunch of stories about fraud in the Social Security system. Those stories make the news while the millions of people that legitimately fight for SSD benefits and struggle daily with their limitations never make the news.
If your disabilities have kept you out of work for approximately one year and your doctor feels that you will not be able to return to your prior substantial employment, you should consider filing for Social Security Disability benefits. Through your paychecks, you have paid into the system that is supposed to be there to help when needed.
Attorney Matthew Noyes represents those fighting to obtain Social Security Disability benefits. His Clearwater law firm – Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes – is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes now at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.