The Social Security Administration: 2019 Disability Benefits

Brad BotesThe 2019 Social Security Administration’s (SSA) 2019 Fact Sheet is out and I thought I’d go over some of the new disability-related numbers in today’s blog entry.  There are several other non-disability Social Security-related numbers listed in the report for those interested.

How to Qualify for the SSA Disability Program

Over the years I’ve found that many SSA disability benefit applicants believe that they have to be essentially incapacitated in order to qualify for the program.

In actuality, when an individual files for SSA disability benefits they are not claiming they are home-bound or bedridden, just that they cannot engage in what the government calls Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), i.e. essentially work full time, a topic I’ve discussed in a number of previous blog posts.

Changes in SSA Disability Numbers

Per the Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) I touched on in an earlier blog entry, the SGA cap in 2019 increased slightly over the previously cited 2018 number, going from $1,180 per month to $1,220 per month.  Keep in mind we are talking about people that qualify for Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB), which are based on what the individual has paid into the system, not Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is needs-based and has restrictions on income and property similar to those in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program in Alabama.

For those claimants who are visually impaired according to the criteria contained in the Social Security Act’s listings 2.02 through 2.04, the SGA figures are a bit higher, rising from $1,970 per month in 2018 to $2,040 per month in 2019.

On average, that translates to an average increase in 2019 monthly monetary disability benefits for DIB recipients to approximately $2,130, up from 2018’s $2,072.  Once you factor into the equation those who are receiving SSI monthly monetary benefits, the numbers for all disabled individuals average out to approximately $1,234 in 2019 versus $1,200 in 2018.  Again, it doesn’t look like that much of an increase but believe me, every little bit counts when you are struggling to make ends meet on a fixed income!

Contact an Attorney for Help Today

If you or your child have been denied SSA disability benefits or suffer from a severe impairment that is expected to last more than twelve months and that prevents you from doing any of your past or other work or is causing developmental delay in your child, please contact our office nearest to you to set up a free consultation appointment to discuss your situation.

Share This Page

Bond & Botes Law Offices

At Bond & Botes, we now offer full service bankruptcy consultation and filing over the phone or by video from the comfort and safety of your home or office. Please call 1-877-581-3396 or click here to setup your free phone or video consultation.

The lawyers at the Bond & Botes affiliated offices serve clients at offices in Anniston, Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery, Opelika, Decatur, Huntsville, Florence, Haleyville and Gadsden, Alabama; Vicksburg, Hattiesburg and Jackson, Mississippi. Read our disclaimer here. You can view our Privacy Policy here.

Alabama Offices


2107 5th Avenue North
Age-Herald Building
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Phone: (205) 802-2200

Shelby County Location
15 Southlake Lane, Ste 140
Birmingham, AL 35244
Phone: (205) 802-2200

Florence Location
121 S. Court Street
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: (256) 760-1010

Huntsville Location
225 Pratt Avenue NE
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 539-9899

Montgomery Location
311 Catoma Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 264-3363

Decatur Location
605 Bank Street
Decatur, AL 35601
Phone: (256) 355-2447

Haleyville Location
914 19th St.
Haleyville, AL 35565
Phone: (205) 486-3580

Gadsden Location
430-B Chestnut Street
Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: (256) 485-0195

Opelika Location
216 South 8th Street
Opelika 36801
Phone: (334) 887-7666

Anniston Location
1302 Noble St #2C
Anniston, AL 36201
Phone: (256) 344-3559

Cullman Location
200 Second Avenue SW
Cullman, AL 35055
Phone: (256) 739-9866

Mississippi Offices

Jackson Location
120 Southpointe Dr., A
Byram, MS 39272
Phone: (601) 353-5000

Hattiesburg Location
607 Corinne St, Ste B8
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: (601) 353-5000

Vicksburg Location
1212 Farmer Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Phone: (601) 353-5000

© 2024 by Bond & Botes Law Offices. All rights reserved. Disclaimer | Privacy Policy