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Social Security Disability Attorney In Los Angeles


This is NOT legal advice. This blog provides general information about Social Security Disability cases. To discuss your particular

circumstances and claim, please contact a lawyer in your area. Please feel free to contact Disability Advocates Group at (800) 935-3170

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How to Live on Social Security Disability Benefits

A Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney provides assistance to individuals who are disabled and whose conditions affect their ability to earn a living. Attorneys can help you to obtain monthly income from the Social Security Administration through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program or through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.

SSDI benefits are based on a percentage of wages you earned while working, while SSI benefits are paid at a flat rate. Regardless of the type of benefits you are obtaining, your benefits will likely be lower -- and sometimes much lower -- than the income you were earning while working. As a result, it is important to make a plan to live comfortably on your income. Some steps you may wish to take include:

  • Making a budget: When you know the amount of benefits you will be receiving, make a budget to live on that ensures you are not spending above your means. You may need to look for ways to cut costs, like using coupons when shopping. 
  • Looking for other benefits programs you may be eligible for: You may be eligible to receive Medicaid benefits when you become eligible for SSI. After a waiting period, SSDI recipients also become eligible for Medicare. Find out what types of benefits you can claim to help you afford costs. 
  • Ensuring you comply fully with SSI or SSDI program requirements: It's imperative you don't experience a decline in income or an end of benefits when you count on SSI or SSDI to provide your family with income. Know the rules for working while receiving benefits and for continued disability review requirements to avoid having your income affected. 

There can be a long wait to get SSDI or SSI income coming into your home when you are disabled, so if you need to apply for benefits, you should act quickly. Contact a Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorney for assistance in making your benefits claim so you can get income for yourself and family as soon as possible. 

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3 Key Differences Between Workers’ Comp Disability and Social Security Disability

Workers' compensation and Social Security Disability are both programs that can provide income to you if a disability prevents you from working. However, the programs operate differently and are for different purposes. Three key differences between Social Security Disability and workers' compensation include the following:

  • Workers' compensation disability covers you only if you got hurt or sick because of work. You are eligible for workers' compensation disability benefits only if you are not able to work due to an illness or injury related to work duties. Social Security disability, on the other hand, will cover you for any qualifying illness or disabling injury that prevents you from working, regardless of how it happened. 
  • Social Security Disability covers you only for long-term conditions, not short-term conditions.  Social Security Disability benefits are not available to you unless your condition has lasted or will last a year or longer, or unless your condition is terminal. Workers' comp benefits cover you even if you have a short-term injury that keeps you out of work only for a few weeks or for a limited number of months. 
  • Workers' comp benefits pay for reduced earning power, even if you can still work. You cannot obtain Social Security Disability benefits unless you are too disabled to earn substantial gainful income. Workers' compensation benefits, on the other hand, are available for a reduction in earning power even if you can still do some of your job. 

If you become disabled, regardless of whether a work injury caused your condition, you deserve to take advantage of the benefits available to you by law. Contact a Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney today to get help making a claim for benefits. 

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Key Steps to Take if You Become Too Disabled to Work

If you become too disabled to work, there are steps you need to take to ensure you can qualify for benefits and have income coming into your home. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney will assist you in taking key steps after you have become disabled including:

  • Finding a medical specialist: You will need to see a medical doctor who specializes in the condition causing your disability. If you have a heart problem, for example, you should get care from a cardiologist. Not only will this allow you the best possible care, but you also need a specialist in a related field to help you prove to the Social Security Administration that you are disabled enough to obtain benefits. 
  • Create a budget: While you're disabled, it can be difficult to afford basic necessities of life. Social Security Disability should pay for you, but the process of applying can be long and many applicants are initially denied and must get help from disability attorneys to obtain benefits. SSD also doesn't always replace 100% of income you' were earning before the accident, even if you are approved. 
  • Talk with a disability benefits lawyer: An attorney can help you to determine if you should make a disability benefits claim through the Social Security Administration and/or through workers' compensation. Your attorney will also help you to understand the kind of benefits you're eligible for. 
  • Apply for Social Security Disability: There are strict requirements to apply for benefits. An attorney can guide you through the process. 

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can guide you through the process of applying for Social Security Disability after you have become too disabled to earn a living. Contact an attorney to begin your application for benefits as soon as possible so you can replace some of the income you can no longer earn when your disability has forced you temporarily or permanently outside of the workforce. 

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3 Reasons to Apply for Social Security Disability as Soon as Possible

As soon as you become disabled, it is imperative to talk with a Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer. An experienced attorney can help you to move forward with getting benefits. There are many reasons why you should act quickly to try to make your benefit claim with Social Security including the following three key reasons:

  1. It takes a long time for an application for benefits to get approved: It can take more than a year to get benefits from the Social Security Administration if you have to go through an appeals process because your initial claim is denied. It makes sense to act as soon as possible to get the ball rolling.
  2. You may have no income coming in as you wait for benefits: To qualify for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance, you need to have a disabling condition stopping you from working. If you can work and are engaged in substantial gainful activity, you won't get benefits. Since the rules are strict, you likely will get benefits only if you're really not able to work when you apply. Of course, if you are not able to work, you are likely waiting anxiously for your disability benefits to provide income to your household.
  3. Benefits may be paid retroactively to the date of application: If you apply for Supplemental Security Income benefits, you can be eligible to have your benefits paid retroactive to the day when you first applied for benefits. This makes your application date very important, as you want to get benefits as soon as you are able.

Los Angeles disability benefits lawyers will help you to move your application forward in a timely manner. Give us a call today to find out about how we can help.

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Are Disability Benefits Available for the Self-Employed?

If you are self-employed and you suffer a disabling injury or get badly sick, you may be unable to continue to work. If your illness or injury is a long-term condition that will be stop you from working for more than a year or if it is a serious condition that will result in your death, you could potentially be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD). 

A Los Angles disability lawyer can help you to understand what the rules are for self-employed people who become disabled and want to obtain SSD benefits. Your attorney will also assist you with the process of applying for benefits so you can maximize the chances that your claim will be successful and you will get the income you need. 

When Can You Get Disability Benefits When You Are Self-Employed?


There are two different programs that provide disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Supplemental Security Income is means-tested, and you can get benefits through SSI if you have limited income, few assets, cannot work due to your disability, and meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disabled.  The other program, Social Security Disability Insurance, isn't means tested and you can get benefits through it if you meet the definition of disabled, cannot work, and have earned sufficient work credits by paying into the system.

If you are self-employed, you have to pay taxes to the Social Security Administration which support the SSD system. This means you will earn work credits that should make you eligible for benefits. The specific number of credits you need varies based on age, so talk with a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer as soon as you become disabled to find out if you can qualify for SSD due to what you paid in as a self-employed worker. 

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Can You Get Disability Benefits After Getting Hurt in a Fall?

If you suffer an injury in a fall, you may become unable to work due to impairments caused by that injury. If you cannot work, you could potentially be eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits through either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). 

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to determine if your fall-related injuries will make you eligible for benefits or not. You should call an attorney as soon as you can following your fall to find out whether SSD benefits could be an option and to get help applying for benefits.

When Can You Get Disability Benefits After Getting Hurt in a Fall?

Social Security Disability benefits are available only in situations where you have some type of disabling injuries (or illness) that will last for no less than one year (or that will be fatal).  This means if you suffer injuries in your fall but will recover from them before a year, you won't be eligible for benefits.

Your injuries also have to stop you from working and be severe enough that you cannot do any job for which you would be qualified.  The Social Security Administration has a list of conditions, along with required accompanying symptoms, that are usually considered to cause sufficient impairment that benefits should be approved. If your fall-injuries aren't on the SSA's list, you have to prove medical equivalency by showing the injuries are just as severe and impairing. 

If you can prove all of this, you should be able to get SSD benefits after a fall, regardless of how the fall happened or who was at fault for it. Contact a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney to find out how you can make a claim for benefits and to get help submitting your application to the SSA. 

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Three Facts to Know About the Social Security Disability Blue Book

When you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you'll likely hear the phase "Blue Book." The Blue Book is a tool that the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses when determining whether or not to approve a claim for benefits.

You need to know what the Blue Book is and how it impacts your ability to get SSD income when you are disabled. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer can provide you with assistance in understanding how the Blue Book works and in complying with all of the technical requirements of applying for benefits so you can do everything possible to get your claim approved. 

Three Facts to Know About the Social Security Blue Book


There is a lot to know about the Blue Book, but three key facts include the following:

  • The Blue Book is also called the "Listing of Impairments." It's a list of conditions that usually- but not always- can make you eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. 
  • The Blue Book contains a list of symptoms. For the conditions that are listed within the Blue Book, there are usually specific symptoms that must accompany that particular ailment in order for it to make you eligible for benefits.
  • You can get benefits for a condition not listed in the Blue Book. It is more challenging to do so in most cases, because you must prove your condition is medically equivalent in severity and impairment. 

To find out more about how the Blue Book could affect your ability to get benefits, and for help proving you should be eligible for disability from the Social Security Administration, contact a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer today. 

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Your Past Work Experience Matters When applying for Disability Benefits

When you apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will carefully review your medical records in order to determine how severely impairing your illness or injury is. The SSA is also going to be interested in your work history. You need to understand what the SSA looks for when they review your past work. A Los Angeles disability lawyer can assist you with explaining your past work and can help with all steps in the disability benefits application process. 

Why Does Past Work Experience Matter When Applying for Disability Benefits?

Work experience is important when you apply for SSD benefits because the Social Security Administration wants to restrict access to benefits only to people who aren't able to work at all. If you can work at any position you have done in the past, or can work at any job which your transferrable skills make you qualify for, then the SSA does not want to give you benefits. Instead, they want you to find a job that you're qualified for despite your disability.

If you have a long and extensive work history with lots of transferrable skills, it is more likely that the SSA is going to find you should be able to do some type of work even with your medical condition. If, on the other hand, you've only had one job or a limited type of job and have few transferrable skills, the SSA should approve your benefits claim if your impairments prevent you from being able to do that job you could do before.

A Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer will help you to describe your work in an appropriate, specific way so you can try to maximize the chances the SSA will approve your benefits claim. Call today to find out how we can help. 

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Should Everyone Applying for Disability Benefits Have a Lawyer?

If you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you may wish to hire an attorney with experience in helping applicants to navigate the Social Security Disability benefits claim process. Many people who try to obtain benefits will end up having their claims denied. A Los Angeles disability lawyer can help you to reduce the chances of a denial and can assist you in responding to a denied claim by appealing to try to obtain benefits. 

Do You Always Need a Lawyer to Apply for Disability Benefits?


You may wish to involve a lawyer in your application process as early as possible so you can improve your chances of getting an initial claim approved. More than half of all applications are denied, and some are denied because the right types of information are not provided to the Social Security Administration (SSA) or because information is not presented in the proper way. 

If you are clearly very sick and you have a condition that allows for expedited benefits (called a Compassionate Allowance Condition), you may be able to just send in your application and medical records. However, when your health is bad enough that you can qualify more easily, dealing with the stress of an application process can be overwhelming. Having a lawyer could thus still make sense. 

If your disability is one that is not specifically listed on the Social Security's listing of impairments, or if your initial application is denied and you must appeal, then having a lawyer representing you becomes very important. You should contact a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney as soon as you can to find out how an attorney can help in your particular situation. 

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Top Mistakes in Disability Appeals

Many people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits will have their initial claim denied. There is an appeals process that you can take advantage of if you are one of the applicants whose claim for benefits is not approved. Unfortunately, mistakes are common during the appeals process. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability appeals lawyer can provide you with assistance in moving through the appeals process so you can maximize the chances of a successful appeal that results in benefits for you. 

Top Mistakes in the Social Security Disability Appeals Process

Some common mistakes made in disability appeals include:

  • Not appealing a benefits denial. Many people assume their appeal will not be successful and so they don't go through the process. This is a mistake. The majority of initial applications are denied, and you could stand a good chance for success on appeal if you get the right legal help. 
  • Waiting too long to appeal. If you miss the deadline, you will lose the chance to appeal the denial unless you have good cause for not submitting your appeal on time. You don't want to give up the chance to try to get the denial of your application reversed. 
  • Not getting legal help during the appeals process. You want to be able to obtain convincing evidence and put together solid arguments in an appeal in order to increase the chances that you can successfully obtain benefits.  An experienced attorney who knows the Social Security Disability benefits system can provide you with advice on how to put together the strongest claim. 

You should contact a Los Angeles disability lawyer as soon as you get a denial of your initial application so your attorney can get right to work on appealing the denial of benefits and helping you to get the benefits you deserve. 

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How Can You Prove You Can't Do Other Work?

When you apply for Social Security Disability, one criteria that can impact your benefits eligibility is whether there is any work that you can do even despite your disabling condition. If the Social Security Administration believes that you should be able to do some type of job, your benefits claim will not be approved. A Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer will help you to try to provide proof to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that there is no work you are qualified for that you could do based on your medical situation.

How Can You Prove You Can't Do Other Work?

When determining if you are able to do work or not, the Social Security Administration will consider the limitations imposed by your medical condition as well as your transferable job skills. If you cannot do the job you were doing before, the SSA wants to determine if you have skills or abilities that could allow you to work in another field or position despite your condition.

The key to proving you cannot do other work is to convince the SSA that whatever transferable skills you have are limited and prevent you from doing the kinds of work you could potentially do.  A vocational expert may testify that you have various transferable skills, but you can challenge this testimony and argue that you are not actually equipped with those skills. You also want to avoid glamorizing your previous job, and be detailed about the specific job functions you had so you can showcase how those job skills were useful only or primarily in the past position that you can no longer do.

Proving you cannot do other do other work can be difficult. Talk with a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer to help you make your case to the SSA that you deserve benefits. 

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What if You Miss a SSD Disability Appeals Deadline?

When your Social Security Disability claim is denied, you can appeal the denial in order to try to get approved for benefits. However, there are strict deadlines you must comply with in order to move forward with an appeal. One key reason why it is so important to make sure you hire a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer is to make sure you comply with the appeals deadline and the formal process of submitting your appeal. 

The question is, what happens if you missed this deadline? Is it ever possible for you to successful appeal or have you lost your chance so you're now forced to start over with the entire process of applying for disability benefits?

What Happens if You Miss a Social Security Disability Appeals Deadline?


If you miss the deadline for appealing a denial of your Social Security Disability benefits, you are sometimes able to move forward with the appeals process anyway. You can move forward with an appeal despite missing the prior deadline if you are able to show good cause for why the deadline was missed. 

If you did not know about the denial because you were somehow not provided notice of it, this is an example of a situation where there is good cause to miss a deadline. If physical or mental illness made it impossible for you to submit a timely appeal (for example if you were deathly ill and in the hospital undergoing emergency care), this would also be an example of a situation where you have good cause and could be allowed to move forward with your appeal. 

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to determine if you have cause and can assist you in arguing why you should be allowed to appeal. Contact an attorney for help as soon as you realize you have missed the deadline to fight for your disability benefits. 

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Do People Really Win Social Security Disability Appeals?

If your initial claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is denied, this denial can be both frustrating and frightening. You may have been counting on SSD benefits to provide you with vital income that you need because your disability stops you from being able to work. When you are denied the income you need, it is scary to wonder whether you will actually be able to get approved on appeal or not. 

The good news is, people do get benefits claims approved by the Social Security Administration when they appeal. The appeals process can be difficult, but a Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorney can help you to make a convincing case so you can maximize the chances of a successful appeal. 

Can You Win a Social Security Disability Appeal?

There are multiple different stages of Social Security Disability appeals, including a Request for Reconsideration, an appeals hearing, an internal SSA review of the decision at the hearing, and finally an appeal to the federal court. People get their claims approved at all of these different stages of appeal, despite earlier denials.

The key to a successful appeal is to identify the problems that prevented your initial claim from being approved and to provide convincing evidence that your claim should be approved. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits attorney can help you with each phase of appeals so you can make the strongest possible case and maximize the chance of a benefits approval. Contact an attorney as soon as you decide to appeal to get legal advice from a knowledgeable advocate who knows the SSA appeals system. 

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Does Your Education Level Affect Your Ability to Get Disability Benefits?

There are many different factors that can make a big difference in determining whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) will approve an application for disability benefits or not. A Los Angeles disability lawyer can provide you with assistance understanding the criteria that the SSA uses and can help you to make the most convincing case possible for why you need benefits.

One criteria that is important: the level of education you have. The more highly educated you are, the less likely it is that you will be able to get benefits when you have most types of medical conditions. 

How Does Education Affect Your Ability to Get Benefits? 


When the Social Security Administration determines whether or not you are eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits, the SSA's first priority is making sure you actually have a severe long-term disabling condition.  If the SSA determines that you have a medical condition, then the next major step the SSA will take is to determine if your condition actually affects your ability to work or not. 

The SSA looks at your past work history and transferable skills to determine if there are any jobs that you are going to be able to do despite your medical condition. The more highly educated you are, and the more transferable skills you have, the more likely it is that the Social Security Administration is going to determine that there is some type of work you can still do even with the limitations caused by your disability.

 A Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer can help you try to convince the SSA that you are not able to do any work you're qualified for so you can maximize the chances of getting a benefits claim approved. Call an attorney as soon as you become disabled so you can get help. 

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Does Age Affect Your Disability Benefits Claim?

When you apply for Social Security disability benefits, many things can impact whether or not your claim for benefits will be approved. Age is not one of the key criteria that determines if you can get approved or not, but it indirectly can make an impact in how your claim is viewed by the Social Security Administration. A Los Angeles Disability benefits attorney can help you to determine whether you should be able to obtain benefits based on your age, work history, and disability status. 

How Does Age Impact Your Disability Benefits?


When determining if you are eligible for benefits or not, the Social Security Administration considers the severity of your disabling condition. If your condition is listed in the "Blue Book," which is a listing of impairments that qualify you for benefits, and you have the appropriate symptoms, then this means your claim is most likely to be approved. 

The SSA will also consider whether or not your condition prevents you from doing your current or most recent job, or from doing any other jobs for which you are qualified. The medical-vocational grid is used to help the SSA to determine if your medical condition is severe enough to prevent you from doing work that your work history makes you qualified for. 

If you are older, this impacts the type of work that the SSA believes you may be able to do. For example, if you are a younger worker with little formal education who can do sedentary work only, you may not be approved for benefits as long as you are literate because you should be able to find some position. However, if you are older with little formal education who is limited to sedentary work, you may be more likely to get benefits since it would be more difficult for you to adopt you skills to a new position.

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to determine if you can get benefits based on your age, work history, and disability status. Contact an attorney for help today. 

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Is it True that Most Social Security Disability Benefits Claims are Denied?

Many people have heard that the majority of Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits claims are denied. One of the top questions that is asked of Los Angeles disability benefits attorneys is whether the stories about the high denial rate are true and whether this means getting benefits is impossible. 

The reality is that, the vast majority of claims are not approved, especially in the initial application phase.  Although the approval rates differ by location, in some cases as many as 70 percent of initial claims for Social Security Disability result in application denials. This does not mean that you cannot get benefits or that you shouldn't try, though. 

Most Social Security Disability Claims are Denied, But Getting Benefits is Possible


There are many reasons why the majority of SSD claims are denied. One issue is that applicants apply when they don't meet the criteria. If your income is too high for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or you haven't worked long enough to be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), then your claim for benefits won't be approved. Your claim also won't be approved if you don't provide sufficient proof of a long-term and severe disabling condition. 

However, there are also lots of claims that are initially denied even though the applicants should be eligible. In these cases, the problem is often corrected with a successful appeal and the applicant gets the benefits he or she deserves. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer can provide assistance in fighting for benefits if you believe your claim should have been approved but the SSA denied you. Call an attorney for help as soon as your application was denied so you can begin moving through the appeals process. 

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What Kinds of Letters Help a Disability Case at a Hearing?

If your claim for Social Security Disability benefits is denied both initially and after a Request for Reconsideration, you have the opportunity to appeal your benefits denial at a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). You should be represented by an experienced disability benefits lawyer in Los Angeles who can help you to prepare for this hearing and present the types of evidence likely to convince the ALJ to find for you. 

One type of evidence that is often presented at a hearing is letters from witnesses who can shed light on your disabling condition. Letters can help to bolster your case in the right circumstances, but you need to know what types of letters can be helpful in convincing the ALJ that your claim for Social Security Disability benefits should not have been denied. 

What Types of Letters Can Help Your Case at a Social Security Disability Appeals Hearing?


In general, the letters that are going to have the most impact as far as helping you to make a convincing case at a Social Security disability appeals hearing include letters from employers and letters from caregivers. Employers can attest to the reasons why you are not able to do your job because of your disabling condition.  Caregivers can provide insight into the ways in which your disabling condition interferes with your ability to do routine life activities.

Letters from family and friends, on the other hand, tend to be less helpful in a Social Security Disability appeals hearing. Your family and friends do not have the qualifications or expertise to explain why your condition impacts your working ability and daily life.

A Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits lawyer can provide help in obtaining convincing letters that will help you and can assist you in taking all of the necessary steps to put together the strongest possible case to present at a disability appeals hearing. Contact a lawyer as soon as you decide to appeal. 

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3 Myths and Misconceptions about Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability (SSD) is a vitally important safety net program that provides income for people whose disabilities prevent them from working. If you have a serious long-term disabling condition, you should be receiving Social Security Disability benefits. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to go through the application process to try to obtain benefits. 

Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about the SSD program that could prevent qualified disabled applicants from getting the income they need. You should learn the truths about the myths and misconceptions so you can make informed choices about trying to get disability income when you cannot work. 

Myths and Misconceptions about Social Security Disability

Three common misconceptions many people have about the disability system include:

  • Getting disability benefits is impossible: It is true that it can be very difficult to get approved for benefits, since more than half of all initial applications are denied. However, there is an appeals process and many people ultimately do end up getting a benefits claim approved with help from an attorney. Those with certain conditions on the Compassionate Allowances List can also typically get benefits approved more quickly and easily. 
  • You can only get disability benefits if you are low income: While Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are means-tested and needs-based, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits are not. You should be eligible for SSDI as long as you've earned enough work credits. 
  • Getting disability benefits means you must give up work forever: There are programs that allow you to try to return to work when receiving SSDI which do not cause you to lose your benefits as you attempt to re-join the workforce. 

You need to find out the truth about Social Security Disability if you are disabled. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help you to understand how the SSD program works and can assist you in getting benefits if you are qualified to be covered. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can help you. 

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Details About Your Symptoms are Important to Getting Disability Benefits

When you are applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you need to provide Disability Determination Services (DDS) with as much medical information as possible. Many benefits applicants are not sure what type of information must be in their medical records or what details they should include about their condition. A Los Angeles disability lawyer can provide advice on how to ensure you submit complete medical records aimed at maximizing your chances for getting your claim for SSD benefits approved.

Some of the information that can be most important during your application process: details about the medical symptoms that you experience. 

Why are Details about Your Symptoms Important When Applying for Social Security Disability?


It is essential that your records and information submitted to the Social Security Administration (SSA) provide details about the symptoms that your medical condition causes you to endure.

You need this information because your ability to get benefits is dependent upon showing that your condition is severe enough to prevent you from working in any job for which you are qualified. The more serious your symptoms and the more those symptoms interfere with your life, the greater the chances your claim will be approved.

The Social Security Administration has a Blue Book, or Listing of Impairments, that lists medical conditions that can typically make you eligible for benefits. Simply having these conditions is not enough, though. There is also a list of symptoms that the SSA requires you to have for each condition to entitle you to benefits. The Blue Book sometimes specifies the severity and frequency of the symptoms as well. 

If your medical records and the information you submit doesn't demonstrate you have the particular symptoms the SSA requires, your claim is likely to be denied. A Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer can help you to provide the kind of proof you need to convince the SSA that your symptoms are severe enough that you should qualify for SSD income. 

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Can a Dire Need Letter Help You Expedite a Social Security Disability Hearing?

If your initial claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is denied and your request for reconsideration is not successful, you must move on to the next stage of appealing a denial of disability benefits. This stage will require you to attend (in person or via video) a Social Security Disability hearing. At the hearing, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) considers whether denial of your benefits application was improper.  

It can take a long time (around a year or so) for this hearing to take place.  That is a long time to wait for disability benefits when you have no income coming in. A Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer can assist you in taking steps to try to expedite the process so you can hopefully get benefits as quickly as possible. One option: sending a Dire Need Letter. 

Will a Dire Need Letter Help you Expedite Your Social Security Disability Benefits Hearing?


A Dire Need Letter is a letter that you submit explaining why your terrible financial circumstances necessitate an expedited Social Security Disability hearing. You will need to provide details on those financial circumstances, such as an imminent threat of foreclosure or eviction because you are not able to pay rent or mortgage due to your lack if income. 

There is no guarantee that your letter will have any impact at all. Hundreds of these types of letters are sent monthly to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review and it is not possible for every person who is financially struggling to have their hearing expedited. Still, if your letter is convincing and if the right person reads it and is feeling sympathetic, it is possible that you will get your hearing pushed up. In many cases where you have a dire need, it doesn't hurt to try. 

To find out more about how to prepare for your Social Security Disability hearing and to get help with the process of preparing for the hearing and making a convincing case for benefits, contact a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney as soon as possible after your request for review results in a denial of SSD benefits. 

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