One option that injured workers sometimes have is to claim benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This is different than other benefits in a few key ways, one of which is the relatively narrow scope of the qualifying injuries. Another difference is how long that disability is expected to last.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers the Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance (RSDI) program. A portion of an individual's earnings or payroll taxes fund gets withdrawn from their paycheck. The SSA divides these funds among applicants depending on whether they meet eligibility requirements.
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For years, your family has lived off of your spouse's income. Then, suddenly, that income ends. Your spouse suffers an injury or contracts an illness that leaves them disabled.
Social Security Disability applicants frequently want to know how much they will be paid when they win their case. The amount of money received through the Social Security Disability Insurance program depends on how much you have paid into the Social Security Trust Fund. Your annual statements from Social Security Administration will typically state what your estimated payments will be, though these calculations are also available upon request. Payment under Title II, called primary insurance amount (PIA), is based on your average indexed monthly earnings (AIME). AIME is calculated by adding your highest 35 years of earnings, divided by the number of months (420) in 35 years. This figure is plugged into a formula which includes an upper bend point and a lower bend point, as well as a percentage of your AIME in excess of the upper bend point (http://www.ssa.gov/oact/cola/bendpoints.html). So, the more you put into the system over the years, the more you can collect.