I am 60% disabled. Will I get a partial Social Security Disability benefit if I am approved for Social Security?
See how the Social Security Administration pays a full benefit and not a partial Social Security Disability benefit, even if you are partially disabled.
Social Security Is Different from Other Programs
Social Security does not pay partial Social Security Disability benefits. Some other benefit programs such as workers compensation and the Veteran’s Administration will pay a partial benefit if they determine you are partially disabled. Either you are disabled as Social Security defines it and you receive a full benefit or your are not and no benefits are paid.
What “Disabled” Means to Social Security
You do not have to be completely incapacitated to get Social Security Disability. You can even work and get benefits, as long as your work falls within the parameters of Social Security’s definition of disability or one of Social Security’s liberal work incentive programs. If you are eligible, you get full benefits, even in months, you are working. The following articles provide more information: What Is Disability According to Social Security Disability Law?, Do I Have to Be Completely Incapacitated to Get Social Security Disability? and Can I Keep Getting Benefits When I Am Working on Social Security Disability?
Certain income you may have, such as Worker’s Compensation or certain government pensions, may cause a reduction in your Social Security benefit while you are receiving both benefits, but the partial Social Security Disability benefit you receive in such a circumstance is not related to your degree of disability. See our articles Can I Get Workers Compensation and Also Get Social Security Disability? and Can I Get Disability Benefits from Social Security If My Family or I Have Income and Assets? for more information about offsets that could reduce your Social Security disability benefit.
Understanding Social Security Disability—An Overview of the Basics
What is Disability According to Social Security Law?
Social Security Disability Insurance: A Brief Overview
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