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If you’ve been awarded Social Security Disability benefits for a particular condition and develop an additional ailment that renders you unable to work, you may wonder if this will affect the amount you receive—or if a different type of disability (for example, mental vs. physical) carries more weight.
The answer, in most cases, is no. When you apply for disability benefits with the SSA, your claim is based on the disability you had at that time. You are unable to add to this number once you’ve been receiving disability benefits.
And no particular type of disability carries more weight than another. Your evaluation is based on your original disability rating, so developing a different ailment with a higher percentage will not affect your current payments.
However, if the SSA decision makers decide to review your case and the status of your existing disability, they may take additional medical conditions into account at this time, provided they affect your activity level and ability to work
If you have questions about your claim, the expert West Virginia Social Security Disability lawyers of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, offer years of proven experience to guide you every step of the way. You can schedule a 100% free initial consultation by calling toll-free 1.877.526.3457 or e-mailing us to discuss your case.
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