What Is My Benefit Amount?

Social Security Disability Lawyers

When you apply for and are granted Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you will receive a monthly payment. That payment is intended to cover the money you have lost as a result of your disability and your inability to work. Our law firm understands what you are going through and we are here to help and support you during this time.


SSD benefits function as an insurance program for workers who pay into the Social Security system each year. These benefits are based on the amount of “credits” you have earned or paid to the system. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a quarter of coverage (QC) or credit is the basic unit for determining whether a worker is insured under the Social Security program.

The amount of earnings required for a quarter of coverage (QC) in 2010 is $1,120.

Social Security Administration

The number of credits needed to qualify for benefits varies depending on your age at the time of your disability. In general, 40 credits are needed, 20 of which need to be earned in the last ten years up to the time of your disability. If you have the sufficient amount of credits (you can earn up to four per year) and the SSA deems you to be disabled, you may qualify for benefits.

Benefit Calculators

The SSA offers benefits calculators you can use to determine your approximate benefit regardless if you are applying for retirement, disability, or survivor benefits. You can access those calculators here or contact our Social Security Disability lawyers who can advise you about your benefit. Call Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin today at (866) 684-3388 or fill out a free online consultation form now.

Other Factors

If you are currently in receipt of other earnings such as pensions, other retirement benefits, or any type of state, federal, or local benefits, these earnings may affect your benefits from Social Security. It is important that any additional earnings are reported to the SSA to maintain your benefit. A Social Security Disability lawyer can help you determine what information needs to be reported to the SSA.

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Together, our lawyers have more than 150 years of experience and, with a staff of more than 140 attorneys and case managers who handle more than 8,000 disability cases each year, we can help determine if you qualify for benefits. Our SSI attorneys treat you like family and handle your case with integrity. We know how to apply, how to appeal, and how to help. Call us today at (866) 684-3388 or fill out a free online consultation form.

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How Can a Lawyer Help?

Having the help of an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer on your side may increase your chances of being approved for benefits. We can help you:

  • file your claim
  • process complicated paperwork
  • handle your appeal
  • and more
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