Oakland, CA asked in Social Security for California

Q: Can i get a lump sum for my ssdi?

I have parkinsons and i want to spend the last of my life in the philipinas.

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2 Lawyer Answers

Robert Martin Louque Jr

  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • New Orleans, LA

A: If you are asking whether the SSA will give you a lump sum for future social security disability benefits, I have never heard of them doing such a thing because there is no way to know how much longer you will live. If you are in the process of trying to obtain benefits, you get a lump sum for past due benefits and the amount depends on the date you are determined to have been disabled.

Peter N. Munsing


A: You are perhaps confusing it with workers compensation. You wouldn't want a lump sum as once it is gone you have nothing else to live on. But Social security does not have Lump sums, though as Mr. Louque points out given the time the process takes the person often gets a retroactive sum. Once in a wihile there is an award for a "closed end" disability period--someone is disabled more than a year--the minimum to be eligible--but after 2 years is fully recovered and able to return to work. That wouldn't be called a "lump sum" by social security but would be in everyday speech.

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