As of January of 2022, people who have been receiving Social Security Disability benefits will be receiving a little bit more. Social Security benefits will increase by 5.9%, which is the largest increase since 1982. As of the end of 2021, the maximum benefit that a person could receive was $794 per month. With the increase in 2022, the new maximum benefit will be $841 per month.
In addition to the federally mandated monthly increase, some individual states may also contribute extra benefits to certain individuals. People will receive notification about the increase by mail in December 2021 for the coming year. They will also be able to view the information online through their Social Security account.
Getting help with your Social Security Disability application
There are those who feel that applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is complicated and confusing. There are several stages in the SSD process in which a knowledgeable lawyer can really streamline your experience.
It is not uncommon for an application to be denied the first time. If that happens, a lawyer can help you navigate the system and support you throughout the appeal. Your lawyer can advise you on what to do and can be present at hearings and throughout the appeals process in federal court, if that becomes necessary.
A past denial may not affect your qualification for benefits now
Your disability may prevent you from being able to financially support yourself (and potentially, to support your family). If that is the case, you need to get financial support from somewhere. When you worked, part of your income went to SSD benefits so that you could use it in the future if you needed it. You need it now. The process has levels of appeal built into it and your lawyer can help you to navigate the system so that you are successful at obtaining the benefits that you need and deserve.