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Social Security Disability: Looking ahead to 2017

Every year the Social Security Administration makes changes to Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) and to the rules that govern how you can get those benefits. For instance, the threshold in 2017 was raised for Substantial Gainful Activity to $1,170.00 per month. In order to collect Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI), you cannot be employed and earning more than the $1,170.00 threshold. The benefit to you as an injured and disabled worker is that you can work and still be eligible for benefits.

In addition, the Social Security Disability (SSDI) maximum benefit has been raised to $2,687.00. The reason for the change is that the official cost-of-living has increased, so maximum SSDI benefits must increase.

If you are totally disabled and cannot work, whether because of an accident or because of a disease, and if you can show that you are eligible, SSDI is there for you. However, Social Security also wants to help you work, if you want to try to work. Once you are awarded benefits, you are entitled to try a TRIAL WORK PERIOD. In 2017, if you earn $840.00 or more in a month, that month counts toward your nine-month TRIAL WORK PERIOD.

Perhaps you have had back or neck fusion surgery, or a knee replacement or shoulder replacement, or you may have herniated discs and nerve damage--whatever your injuries and whatever the cause, Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) is a crucial way to replace some of your lost earnings.     

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