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Question: I currently receive Social Security disability benefits. I now have a second serious disability. Can my monthly benefit amount be increased?

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Answer: No. Although your Social Security disability benefit eligibility is based on having a severe disability, the benefit amount is based on the amount of your lifetime earnings before your disability began and not the number, degree or severity of your disability. For more information, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/dibplan/dapproval2.htm.

Question: Is there a time limit on how long I can collect Social Security disability benefits?

Answer: Your disability benefits will continue as long as your medical condition has not improved and you remain unable to work. Your case will be reviewed at regular intervals to make sure you still are disabled. If you still are receiving disability benefits when you reach full retirement age, we will automatically convert them to retirement benefits. Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10153.html#6 for more information.

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