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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 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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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 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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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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Can You Qualify for Social Security Disability with a Endocrine Disorder

An endocrine disorder can make working impossible, leaving you worried about how to support your family. The good news is, there are many endocrine disorders that can qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits.

Social Security Disability can give you the peace of mind of knowing you have monthly income coming in. However, qualifying for benefits is difficult even when you have a covered disorder because the Social Security Administration is strict in which applications it approves and more than half of all claims for benefits are denied.

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can provide you with help proving your endocrine disorder should make you eligible for disability income. Contact an attorney today to get the assistance you need to maximize your chances of a successful benefits application. 

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits With an Endocrine Disorder

To determine if you can qualify for Social Security Disability income on the basis of your endocrine disorder, you will first need to determine whether your condition is listed in the blue book, which is the informal name of a listing of impairments used by Social Security when determining benefits eligibility.

Endocrine disorders for adults are covered in Section 9.00 of Part A of the blue book. The Social Security Administration explains within the blue book the specific endocrine disorders which can potentially allow you to obtain benefits. This includes pituitary gland disorders, thyroid disorders, and adrenal gland disorders, among others. For each particular condition, the Social Security Administration also specifies the specific symptoms you must have for that particular disorder in order to make you eligible for coverage. 

Even when your condition should be covered, you can face challenges in getting your application approved because of the high denial rate in applying for benefits. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help, so give us a call today. 

 

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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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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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What's the Best Way to Prove You're Disabled Enough to Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you are interested in obtaining benefits through the Social Security Administration because of your disability, you will need to provide proof of your medical condition. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help you to understand how to prove to the SSA that you are disabled enough to be entitled to benefits. 

How Can You Prove You Deserve Disability Benefits?

The Social Security Administration is very strict regarding what it considers to be a qualifying disability. You will need to prove you meet their criteria. The SSA has a Listing of Impairments, which is commonly called the "blue book." You need to show you have a listed disability or one that is as serious as the listed conditions. 

The best way to prove you are sufficiently disabled, therefore, is to determine if your condition is in the blue book and to make sure you have documented medical proof of the symptoms that the SSA has indicated must accompany that condition in order for you to qualify for benefits. If your condition isn't listed, your best option is to have detailed medical records showing how severe your symptoms are.

Your medical records will make or break your case when you apply for Social Security disability benefits. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can assist you in making certain you understand what you need to prove to maximize the chances of being approved for benefits and can help you to go through the application process. Contact an attorney today to get an advocate on your side who can help you make your case. 

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What are the Differences Between SSI and SSDI?

The Social Security Administration provides different options for disabled individuals to receive benefits. Two primary programs run by the Social Security Administration include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Because both SSI and SSDI can provide for you if you are disabled, you need to understand the differences between the programs and decide which makes sense for you. A Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer can assist you in understanding each program and applying for the correct one for your circumstances.

Key Differences Between SSI and SSDI

The key differences that you should be aware of between SSI and SSDI include the following

  • SSDI requires you to have earned work credits, while SSI does not require a work history.
  • SSI is means tested, while SSDI isn't. You can qualify for SSI only if you have a limited income and limited assets while you can qualify for SSDI even if you have money and property. 
  • SSDI benefits are based on your past wages, while SSI benefits are not. You'll receive a larger benefit from SSDI if you paid a lot into the system. 

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can assist you in carefully considering both SSI and SSDI to determine what program to apply for and can help you to apply for the program that is right for you. Proving that you are disabled enough to qualify for either program can be challenging, so you'll want to ensure you get legal help as soon as possible if you are disabled and hope to apply for benefits.

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How Does the Social Security Administration Decide if You're Disabled

When you are disabled and you apply for Social Security Disability insurance, the Social Security Administration will make an assessment regarding whether you are sufficiently disabled to qualify for benefits.

More than half of all applicants for benefits are denied, so it is important to understand how the Social Security Administration determines if you are considered disabled enough to be eligible for benefits. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to submit the strongest possible claim for benefits. 

How the Social Security Administration Determines if You're Disabled

When the Social Security Administration assesses whether or not you are disabled, the SSA looks at a number of factors including:

  • Whether you're currently engaged in substantial gainful employment. If you're earning too much, you won't be considered disabled. 
  • Whether you can do any job, including jobs your qualifications transfer to, despite your disabling condition. 
  • Whether your condition will last for a year, has lasted a year, or will be fatal. 
  • Whether your condition is listed on the Social Security Administration's listing of impairments and if you have the accompanying symptoms required for that condition.  If your condition isn't listed, the SSA looks at whether your condition is equivalent in severity to the listed conditions.

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to prove you meet the key criteria to be considered disabled so you can maximize the chances of your benefits claim being approved. Contact an attorney for help as soon as you become disabled, as it takes time to put together a claim and get approved for benefits.

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Some Same Sex Couples Can Now Get Widow or Widower’s Benefits

The Social Security Administration has announced that they will now begin processing some widow’s and widower’s claims by surviving members of same-sex marriages.  The program is still currently being worked on so there are no definite guidelines at this time.  In a statement, the Social Security Administration announced the following: "I am pleased to announce that, effective today, Social Security is processing some widow’s and widower’s claims by surviving members of same-sex marriages and paying benefits where they are due. In addition, we are able to pay some one-time lump sum death benefit claims to surviving same-sex spouses. As I stated shortly after the Supreme Court decision on Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, our goal is to treat all Americans with dignity and respect.”

For more information, click here:  http://www.socialsecurity.gov/same-sexcouples.

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