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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.


Understanding the Social Security Disability Appeals Process

If you have had your claim for Social Security Disability benefits denied, it is important that you understand how the appeals process works. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can provide the help you need to navigate the process of appealing a benefits denial so you can maximize the chances of being able to obtain the income you need. 

How Does the Social Security Disability Appeals Process Work?

When you receive notification that your application for Social Security Disability benefits has been denied, you have a limited amount of time to take action. There are multiple different stages of appeals that your claim can ultimately end up going through, but the first step is to submit your request for reconsideration by the deadline.

When you submit a request for reconsideration, a different disability claims examiner looks at your application. Hopefully, this review of your documentation and information will result in a different outcome so you will be approved for benefits after the first stage of appeals. 

If you receive another benefits denial, the next phase is a disability benefits hearing. It can take around a year for this hearing to actually take place, and you may have to attend in person or via video conference depending upon where you live. You'll have the chance to present evidence backing up your claim for benefits to an administrative law judge (ALJ), which is a judge that works for the Social Security Administration. 

If your benefits claim is still denied after the hearing, you can appeal to the appeals board that is part of the Social Security Administration and can ultimately appeal to federal court in the final stage of appeals.

A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help you with every step in the process by assisting you in meeting deadlines and presenting evidence to maximize the chances of your claim being approved. Contact an attorney as soon as you can when your claim for benefits is denied. 

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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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How Do You Know If You Qualify for Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability benefits provide a safety net for people who are too disabled to be able to work. Disability benefits from the Social Security Administration can provide you with monthly income -- but only if you are able to qualify.

Determining if you can qualify for benefits can be a challenge, but a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help. You should reach out to an attorney as soon as you think you may be eligible for benefits so you can get the assistance you need to apply and prove your claim. 

How to Determine if You Qualify for Social Security Disability

To determine if you can qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, it's important to consider all the criteria to become eligible. For example, to be eligible for SSD benefits:

  • You need a long-term disabling condition that has lasted a year, that will last that long, or that will be fatal. 
  • You need to be unable to work because of your condition. You can't be engaged in substantial gainful activity, and your condition must prevent you from doing any job for which you're qualified. 
  • You need to have met requirements for earning work credits to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance, or you need to have limited income and financial resources to qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 

You also need to meet very specific criteria regarding the type of condition you have and the associated symptoms. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer will help you to evaluate whether your current medical condition is sufficient to qualify you for benefits.

If you should be able to qualify, your lawyer will help you to prove it so you can maximize the chances of getting benefits. 

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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 a Mental Disorder

Having a mental disorder can be frustrating to cope with, as managing your condition is often difficult. Unfortunately, your disorder may also interfere with your professional life and prevent you from having a job. 

If you have found that your mental disorder makes it impossible for you to work, you should reach out to a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer. An attorney can help you to determine if you are likely to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. If you meet the criteria for eligibility, your attorney can also provide the help that you need to submit your application and prove the severity of your mental disorder. 

Qualifying for Social Security Disability with a Mental Disorder

Mental disorders are treated just the same as any other condition by the Social Security Administration. That means you have to prove your disorder is severe and makes it impossible for you to have any job you'd be qualified for.

The Social Security has a "blue book," which lists different kinds of impairments that are usually severe enough to make you eligible to receive disability benefits. Mental disorders are listed within section 12.00 of the blue book.

If your mental disorder is found within section 12.00, you'll need to determine if you can prove you have the specific symptoms required to get benefits. If it's not listed, you could still potentially get disability income from the Social Security Administration but would have to prove it is medically equivalent in severity. 

Some of the mental disorders listed in section 12.00 include schizophrenia, cognitive disorders, depression, bipolar syndrome, and intellectual disorders. If you have been diagnosed with these or other listed conditions, or if you have other severe mental problems, you should reach out to a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney for help today. 

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Can You Qualify for Social Security Disability with a Skin Disorder

If you have a skin disorder, that condition may make it impossible for you to work. If you have found yourself in this situation, you should reach out to a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer to find out if you can qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

There are some skin disorders that can qualify you to receive disability income through the Social Security Administration, but you'll need to be prepared to provide proof of your medical condition and associated symptoms. 

Qualifying for Social Security Disability with a Skin Disorder

The Social Security Administration uses its "blue book," or listing of impairments to help determine who will qualify for Social Security Disability.

If you have a condition that is listed in the blue book, you should be able to receive disability income as long as you have solid medical proof you have the symptoms that the blue book says must be associated with your condition. You also cannot be able to work due to your condition and the condition must be long-term.

Skin conditions are listed in Section 8.00 of Part A for adults. Some of the conditions that can enable you to qualify include Bullous disease and Chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes.  If your condition is not listed, you will have to prove it is medically equivalent in severity to listed conditions. 

Proving you have a covered condition and that you should receive benefits can be difficult, even when you believe you should clearly be entitled to benefits. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help, so contact an attorney as soon as possible when you get too sick to work. 

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Can You Qualify for Social Security Disability with a Hematological Disorder?

Hematological disorders can sometimes be cancerous, but there are hematological disorders that are not cancer but that can still cause significant impairments.

If you suffer from one of these disorders, you may be unable to work. Those who cannot work due to their disorder should reach out to a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer for assistance.

You may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability income and an attorney can help you to determine if you are entitled to benefits.

If you can qualify for disability income, your attorney can also help you to apply for benefits and maximize your chances of approval. 

Qualifying for Social Security Disability with a Hematological Disorder

To determine if you can qualify for Social Security Disability on the basis of your hematological disorder, you will need to refer to Social Security's listing of impairments, which is often called the "blue book."

If you have a listed condition in the blue book, and associated symptoms, you can usually obtain disability benefits. If your condition is not listed, you can obtain benefits only if you can prove your disorder is as severe as those listed.

Section 3.00 of Part A of the blue book provides information on hematological disorders affecting adults that are non-cancerous and that could result in you qualifying for disability benefits. 

Many different kinds of hematological disorders are covered within section 3.00, including disorders of thrombosis and hemostasis; bone marrow failure; and hemolytic anemias.

If you have these or other listed disorders and you can prove both that you have required symptoms and that your disorder has or will prevent you from working over the long-term, you should be able to get benefits. Contact a disability benefits lawyer in Los Angeles for help making your claim so you can get the income you need. 

 

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Can you Qualify for Social Security Disability with a Musculoskeletal Disorder?

There are many types of disabling conditions that could potentially make you eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to determine whether your medical issues should make you eligible for benefits or not. 

One common type of disorder that can sometimes make you qualified for benefits is a musculoskeletal disorder. Not everyone with a musculoskeletal disorder will be able to get benefits, but many people can. It's important to understand the requirements to qualify for disability on the basis of your disorder.

Can Musculoskeletal Disorders Help You Qualify for Disability Benefits? 

The Social Security Administration has a "blue book" or list of impairments and if your condition is listed within the blue book, this increases the chances you can get benefits. You'll have to be able to prove you have the listed condition, along with any symptoms required. 

Part A of the blue book lists all adult disorders, and section 1.00 of Part A of the blue book is the part of the blue book that defines the types of musculoskeletal disorders that the Social Security Administration generally believes are severe enough to get covered. 

Within section 1.00, the Social Security Administration defines different levels of impairment into different categories, along with providing details on musculoskeletal problems that can often result in benefits.

For example, major dysfunction of a joint or reconstructive surgery of a major weight-bearing joint are among the musculoskeletal disorders covered in the blue book. If you have these conditions and have associated listed symptoms, you should be able to get benefits. 

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can provide help understanding if your condition is in the blue book and taking action so contact an attorney for help as soon as you are diagnosed with a musculoskeletal disorder or other disabling condition. 

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Do Employers Have to Accommodate Disabled Workers?

When you are disabled and not able to work, you should apply for benefits from the Social Security Administration. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can provide you with assistance in pursuing a claim for benefits so you can have income you need even if your condition prevents you from having a job. 

In some cases, people who are disabled want to try working despite their condition. If this occurs, employers have to make reasonable accommodations. 

An Employer's Obligation to Accommodate Disabled Workers

Whether you are currently employed or you are applying for jobs with a disability, the Americans With Disabilities Act provides you with protection from discrimination. Employers cannot refuse to hire you, cannot refuse to promote you, and cannot fire you as a result of your disability. 

Employers are also required by the Americans With Disabilities Act to make accommodations that are reasonable in order to enable to you to do a job you are otherwise qualified to do. For example, if you have a medical condition that makes it hard for you to stand up, an employer could accommodate you by providing a seat at a position you might otherwise be required to stand to do. As long as the accommodation didn't present an undo burden, an employer would be required to make it. 

Laws protecting disabled workers can make it easier for you to find work or keep your job-- but it can still be difficult to stay employed if you have a serious medical condition. If your ailments prevent you from working because of their severity, you should reach out to Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits attorneys to get help pursuing a claim for disability income.

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