Social Security Disability Attorney In Los Angeles

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What’s the Difference Between Social Security Disability and Workers’ Comp Disability?

Becoming too disabled to work can be a frightening experience as you try to figure out how to ensure you have the income you need to support yourself. The good news is, there are options out there to receive disability income. However, navigating all your different options can be difficult.

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to determine which benefits programs you are most likely to qualify for to provide you with monthly income when you cannot work. For example, two of your options include Social Security Disability and workers' compensation disability. 

Workers' Compensation Disability vs. Social Security Disability

Workers' compensation and Social Security both provide disability income but work differently. 

Workers' comp benefits are available for long-term and short-term disability, but only if the disability is directly caused by performance of work tasks. Partial disability benefits are also available if your disabling condition still allows you to work but for less compensation than you were receiving before becoming disabled. 

Social Security Disability, on the other hand is available only if you have a long-term disabling condition lasting twelve months or longer. Benefits are not available for any short-term conditions and you must be totally unable to work at any job for which you would be qualified. 

There are other important differences too, including in qualifying requirements and in the amount you receive in monthly income. If you are not certain which disability benefits program is the right one for you, or if you want help applying for disability income, contact a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer today. 

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What Should You Do After Getting a Social Security Benefits Denial?

When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, it is not uncommon for your benefits application to be denied. In fact, more applicants get a denial initially than have their claim for disability income accepted.

The important thing is not to give up after your benefits are denied. Instead, the first thing you should do is to contact a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer who will help you to appeal the denial. 

What to Do After Social Security Disability Benefits are Denied

When your Social Security Disability benefits claim has been denied, contacting an attorney right away is important because:

  • Your attorney can help you to understand the reason for the denial. For example, perhaps you applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) when you didn't have enough work credits to qualify and you should have instead applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 
  • Your attorney can help you to take action to appeal within the deadline. You can appeal your denial, but you must act quickly so the time limit for appealing does not pass. If you don't appeal in time, you may have to start the entire application process over.
  • Your attorney can represent you throughout the appeals process. There are actually four stages of appeals that you could go through after your Social Security Disability benefits claim is denied. 

An experienced Los Angeles disability benefits attorney will work hard to help you maximize the chances of getting your benefits claim approved even after an initial denial. Contact an attorney today to find out how a knowledgeable legal advocate can work to get you the benefits you deserve. 

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Can You Qualify for Social Security Disability with Back Problems?

Back problems affect millions of people and can be severely disabling. It is very common for back problems to interfere with your ability to work and it can be very stressful if you have a bad back and cannot earn income to support your family because of it. 

If you have back problems, you could potentially receive Social Security Disability benefits. However, because back problems are so common and many types of problems are hard to prove, actually qualifying for disability income can be difficult. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can assist you in submitting an application that maximizes the chances of getting benefits, so reach out to an attorney as soon as you have become too disabled to work.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits with Back Problems

If your back problems are listed on Social Security's list of impairments, then you should be able to get disability benefits based on those health issues as long as you cannot work and can prove you have the specific symptoms the Social Security Administration requires for your impairment. 

The list of impairments is commonly called the "blue book" and it is divided into sections. Most back problems would generally be found within Section 1.00, which is the part of the blue book that deals with disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Disorders of the spine are listed as a covered condition in Section 1.00 of the blue book, as are soft tissue injuries.  

You'll need solid medical proof to show you have a listed disorder and the necessary symptoms so you can get approved for benefits. If your back issues aren't listed, you have to prove that your health issues are medically equivalent in severity to listed conditions. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer will assist you in making a strong claim for benefits so get the help you need to maximize your chances of your claim being approved. 

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Can You Qualify for Social Security Disability with Cancer

Social Security Disability benefits are supposed to be there to provide income for people with serious disabling medical conditions. Cancer is often one of those conditions. However, there are specific requirements that you must fulfill in order to become eligible for disability income because of a cancer diagnosis.

A Los Angeles Disability benefits lawyer can help you to determine if you can qualify for Social Security Disability based on your cancer. If you should be eligible to receive benefits, an attorney can help you to apply and prove you are entitled to income. Contact an attorney as soon as you get sick because it takes time to try to get benefits. 

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits Because of a Cancer Diagnosis

Cancer and other malignant neoplastic diseases are included within Social Security's blue book, which is the Social Security's listing of impairments. If you have a condition in the blue book and have specific symptoms associated with that condition, you should be entitled to benefits as long as you can't work. If your condition is not listed, then you'd have to prove it was as severe as those that are in the blue book. 

Section 13.00 is the part of the blue book where cancers are listed. The blue book provides details on the criteria you must meet to become eligible on the basis of having soft tissue cancers of the head and neck, skin cancer, a soft tissue sarcoma, lymphoma, leukemia, and many other types of cancer. 

If you have cancer, you may also be eligible for expedited benefits if the cancer metastasizes, because metastatic cancer is considered a compassionate allowance condition. The application process is faster and easier for compassionate allowance conditions. 

To get help understanding your options for obtaining disability benefits because of your cancer, contact a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer today. 

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Can You Qualify for Social Security Disability with a Neurological Disorder

Social Security Disability is intended to provide benefits for people with long-term disabling conditions. Many different kinds of conditions can allow you to qualify for disability income from the Social Security Administration. Neurological conditions are among those conditions that can sometimes make you eligible for benefits.

If you have a neurological condition, you should reach out to a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer to find out whether you can get benefits on the basis of your condition. Not being able to work can be frightening, but we will work with you to maximize the chances you'll get the benefits you need. 

Qualifying for Disability Benefits with a Neurological Disorder

The Social Security Administration restricts benefits only to people with very serious conditions. To qualify, you must have a condition listed in the Social Security's "blue book," which is what the Administration's listing of impairments is commonly called.

If your condition is listed, you also have to exhibit specific symptoms and have medical proof. If your condition is not listed, you need to show your ailment is equivalent in severity to those that are included. 

Neurological disorders that will entitle you to benefits are covered in Section 11.00 of Part A for adult conditions. Some of the conditions that are listed which could potentially entitle you to receive disability income include epilepsy, vascular insult to the brain, benign brain tumors and cerebral palsy. 

Having these conditions alone won't necessarily get you benefits- you'll still have to prove you meet the specific criteria including experiencing frequent symptoms and not being able to work in any job for which you are qualified. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney will help you to prove the necessary proof so you can get the income you need. 

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How Can You Find Out How Much Your Social Security Disability Benefits are Worth?

A Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits attorney can provide you with help if you have become so disabled you cannot work and you want to try to receive disability income from the Social Security Administration. 

Social Security Disability income may be your only source of income if you are too sick or hurt to work, so getting qualified for benefits is important. You'll also need to understand how to determine what your benefits will be worth if you receive Social Security disability. 

How Can You Find Out How Much Your Social Security Disability Benefits are Worth?

If you receive benefits from Social Security through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, your benefits are based on your work history.  You will need to have earned enough work credits to qualify for benefits and the amount you earned and paid into the system will determine how much your monthly disability benefit is worth.

You can easily find out exactly how much money you will receive from Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. You'll just need to visit mySocialSecurity to find out. If you have already created an account on this site, you'll need to input your user name and password. If you haven't, you'll need your Social Security number and identifying information to sign up. 

Once signed up, sign into your account and click on the link to "View Estimated Benefits." You'll be taken to a window where you can see what your Social Security disability benefits will be worth, as well as what your retirement benefits are worth at different ages.  These benefits can help to support you if you have become unable to keep a job due to your disabling condition.

If you need help applying for benefits so you can receive the disability income you are entitled to, reach out to a Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer today. 

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