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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

or online if you have any questions regarding your Social Security Disability claim.


Can You Get Disability and Unemployment Benefits?

When you cannot work because of a disability, it is important to determine how to maximize the benefits that are available to you. When you are trying to figure out how to get as much income as possible, you may wonder whether you can get both disability benefits and unemployment benefits at the same time.

The law can be tricky regarding different ways to maximize your benefits when you are disabled so you should strongly consider reaching out to a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer to help you understand the types of income you can receive. An attorney can help you determine if you may be able to get both disability benefits and unemployment benefits.

Obtaining Disability Benefits and Unemployment Benefits

Technically, there are no express prohibitions in the law that would stop you from obtaining both disability benefits and unemployment benefits at the same time.

However, these different benefits programs are intended for different purposes. Unemployment benefits are supposed to provide income while you are out of work and looking for a job, while disability benefits are supposed to be available to you if you are too disabled to work at any job for which you are qualified.

You could, however, obtain unemployment benefits and disability income if you are too disabled to work at any job for which you are qualified but you are still actively searching for some type of job that you could do despite your disability.

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to determine if it is possible for you to obtain both disability and unemployment benefits given the specific circumstances of your situation. Contact an attorney for help as soon as possible to try to maximize the benefits you receive when you are disabled. 

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Can You Qualify for Social Security Disability Because of Schizophrenia?

If you suffer from schizophrenia, chances are good that this condition significantly interferes with your ability to work and may make working impossible. If this is the case, it is imperative that you talk to a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer. 

You should be able to qualify for disability benefits on the basis of your schizophrenia but you will need to be able to prove that your condition is a long-term one that prevents you from doing any job for which you are qualified and that your condition meets the Social Security Administration's strict definition of disabled.  An attorney can help you to take the necessary steps to maximize your chances of getting benefits. 

Qualifying for Disability Benefits Because of Schizophrenia 

Schizophrenia is considered to be a type of mental disorder, which means it is listed in Section 12.00 of the Social Security Administration's "blue book." The "blue book" lists disorders or medical conditions that can typically be considered severe enough to allow a person to qualify for benefits, provided that individual has certain symptoms associated with the listed disorder. 

Schizophrenia is listed in section 12.03 of the blue book and the blue book indicates you should be able to qualify based on this condition if you have a medical diagnosis of delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thinking, or disorganized behavior or catatonia. If you have medical documentation of any one of those symptoms and you are also limited in understanding, remembering or applying information; interacting with others; concentrating; or adapting and managing yourself, you should be eligible for benefits. 

You can also qualify if you are diagnosed with schizophrenia that is considered serious and persistent, you have proof of ongoing medical treatment and you have minimal capacity to adapt to changes in your daily environment. 

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you prove you meet the criteria for being disabled based on schizophrenia, so give us a call for help as soon as possible if you want to qualify for disability income. 

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Can You Qualify for Social Security Disability with a Congenital Disorder

Congenital disorders can be very serious medical conditions that can last for the long term. Many of these conditions make it impossible to work, which means that you may be eligible to receive disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration offers benefits through Supplemental Security Income, and Social Security Disability Insurance. To qualify for either benefits program on the basis of a congenital disorder, you'll have to show you have a condition that prevents you from working at any job for which you're qualified.

A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney will help you to prove your congenital disorder should entitle you to benefits.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability With a Congenital Disorder

Qualifying for disability benefits requires you to prove you have a condition on Social Security's listing of impairments, and associated symptoms with that condition -- or to prove you have a condition that is medically equivalent in severity.

The listing of impairments is informally called the "blue book" and it is divided into different sections. Congenital disorders affecting multiple body systems are included in section 10.00 of the blue book. Non-mosaic Down syndrome is the primary condition listed within this section of the blue book. If you have this condition and you can meet the specific criteria mentioned within section 10.00, you should be able to qualify for disability income provided that you can provide medical proof of your ailment and your limitations. 

If you have a different congenital disorder that is not listed, you will need to prove it is medically equivalent in severity. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney will help you to make your claim and prove why your condition is severe enough to qualify you for benefits. 

 

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Are Disability Benefits Available Even to Younger Workers?

Disability can happen at any time, and even young people can be struck by a serious illness or injury that prevents them from working. If you are affected by a disabling condition, you need to talk with a Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer to find out what your options are to obtain disability benefits that can provide you with income to support yourself and your family. 

Can Younger Workers Get Disability?

The Social Security Disability benefits program can provide benefits to any workers who have a qualifying long-term disabling condition. However, whether young people can get benefits or not depends not only on whether they meet the SSA's strict definition of disabled but also on whether they meet the other criteria required for disability benefits programs. 

For example, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are available to you only if you have earned a set number of work credits. The number of credits that you must have earned will vary depending upon your age, so younger workers who become disabled can still qualify even if they do not have as many years of work experience as older workers. However, they do need to have earned at least some work credits to get benefits. 

If SSDI is not available to a young disabled worker because that worker has too few work credits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may potentially be available. However, this is a means-tested benefit so young people whose household income is too high or who own too many assets won't qualify for these benefits.

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help younger workers to determine if they can receive benefits and can provide assistance with the benefits application process. Call today to find out more about the assistance an attorney can offer. 

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Can You Get Disability Benefits Even if You've Never Worked?

In many circumstances, when you have a serious disability, you have that condition from birth or from a young age. As a result, you may need to have disability benefits for much of your life and may not ever be able to work as a result of your condition.

If you find yourself in this situation, or if your child will be in this situation, you should contact a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney to find out what your options are for getting benefits.

Can You Get Disability Benefits Even if You've Never Worked

If you have not ever worked, you should still be entitled to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration under many circumstances.

One option that is available is to receive benefits through Supplemental Security Income. SSI benefits do not require you to have a work history and you can qualify for these benefits as long as you meet the criteria for being considered disabled and as long as you do not have too many assets or a household income that is too high. 

Another option, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), can be available to you but typically requires work credits. However, if you meet qualifying criteria, you may be able to qualify for these benefits on a parent's work record as an adult child.  This could potentially result in you receiving a higher disability income benefit than you would have been eligible for under SSI. 

A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney will assist you in determining if you can qualify for benefits and will help you to make smart choices about how to maximize the benefits you receive. Contact an attorney for help today. 

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How Long Can You Receive Social Security Disability?

If you have become too disabled to work, a Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits attorney can help you to pursue a claim for disability benefits.

If you are reliant on these benefits to cover your expenses and provide you with income, you'll likely be wondering how long you can continue to receive them and if there's a cutoff point at which benefits will no longer be provided to you and your family. 

How Long Can You Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?

The good news for people who rely on Social Security disability benefits is that you can continue to receive these benefits for as long as you remain eligible for them. In fact, you can continue to receive disability income from the Social Security administration throughout your lifetime until you eventually become eligible for Social Security retirement benefits. 

However, while you can continue to receive benefits, you will have to submit to periodic reviews of your case in order to determine if your condition has improved any. If you have gotten better and you no longer meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disabled, or if there are now jobs that you can do despite your disability, your benefits may stop. 

If you begin receiving income from work, this could also cause your benefits to end, and if you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and you no longer meet the criteria for these means-tested benefits because of an inheritance of property or an increase in total household income, your benefits may also stop. 

A Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer can help you to determine what could jeopardize your eligibility for benefits. Contact an attorney for help applying for benefits and maintaining the benefits you have. 

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