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DisabilityAre My Social Security Retirement Benefits Affected If I Also Receive Disability?

April 2, 2023

Many look to the future and their expected retirement benefits from the Social Security Administration. Typically, they assume benefits will begin once they officially retire from a lengthy career. However, millions of people find themselves unable to work instead because of a medical condition that occurs earlier than their retirement age. In this blog post, Watson and Carroll, PPO, LC, discusses whether drawing disability benefits will affect your retirement benefits from the SSA.

Disability Attorney in Omaha and Council Bluffs 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.’s Social Security Disability team can help you secure benefits needed  to support yourself. Our caring attorneys and staff can offer support and advice as it pertains to your disability and the benefits approval process. Remember, you’re more likely to have a successful disability claim with an attorney by your side. Call us today at 402-991-2100. You also can share your story here.

How to Get Disability Benefits

Both Social Security disability and Social Security retirement benefits are based on your earnings and taxes paid into the system. You can go online each year and see an updated estimate of how much your monthly benefits would be if you became disabled and how much you would get at what age of retirement. 

If you become disabled due to an injury or a medical condition, you will not lose your retirement benefits. Actually, you will continue receiving disability benefits until you reach retirement age. At that point, you will start receiving your retirement benefits. You don’t have to do anything. The transition will happen automatically. So, receiving disability benefits will not affect your retirement benefits. Basically, you will just start receiving benefits earlier than you planned.

How Do I File A Disability Claim? 

If you are unable to work because of a medical condition, consult with a disability attorney. The lawyers at Watson and Carroll, LLO, PC, have helped thousands of disabled workers throughout the region. They have the experience and knowledge needed to help you maneuver the claims process, which can be very complex. Call today to schedule your case evaluation with an experienced disability lawyer. 

About Watson & Carroll 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a medical malpractice case or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

Our firm can help. Call 402-991-2100 or email contact@watsoncarroll.com. You also can fill out our confidential form. 


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