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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.


Disability or retirement benefits? When to claim which?

Old man after retirement

The Social Security Administration (SSA) runs three benefits under different criteria to fulfill your needs. As a wise man once quoted, “the government is always there in your family in times of economic needs”. The social security disability insurance (SSDI), supplemental social security (SSI) and the Social Security Retirement (SSR) are the three programs run under the SSA. 

A very widely asked question to our lawyers is whether you would have to compromise your disability payments once you reach your retirement age? The answer is yes and no. No because the disability benefits would not be compromises because the amount will stay the same. Yes, because once you reach your retirement age your disability payments would be converted to retirement benefits. That would obviously only be valid if you qualified under SSDI benefits before.  

However, depending on your situation not all of your benefits would be converted to your retirement benefits. But here is a tip to keep in mind, the net benefits you receive should not exceed the limit of your total receivable benefits. If your benefits amount exceeds the receivable benefits you would have to notify the SSA immediately. In case you fail to do that, you would be responsible to repay the exceeded benefits you received and also risk cancellation of your benefits in the future altogether. 

Lastly, if you are qualified under SSI benefits, you may still receive a ratio of SSI after your retirement depending on the amount of benefit you receive adding the two up. If your retirement benefit exceeds your monthly income that was when you were working then your SSI may be cancelled. Or if you fail to provide all the details to the SSA all your benefits might get cancelled as a result of manipulation.  

 

With that said, take a deep breath, and if you want to find a way to strategize your benefits between retirement, SSDI or SSI, feel free to contact our top notch attorney at Disability Advocates Group Law Firm (DAG). 

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Reasons why your SSDI application was denied

Proper procedure to follow after SSDI denial

With the increasing awareness among people to claim their social security disability benefits, a whopping number of applications are received by the SSA for social security disability claims. However, the acceptance rate of applications remains under or below 40%. Also, after the initial stage of reconsideration or applications being shortlisted according to their importance, that number skyrockets to a flurry 20%. So only 20% of the total applicants actually succeed at receiving the benefits. But we have the good news here. The denial of the applications is not due to the government manipulating your applications to deny your claims. It is denied because of your own mistakes at not being able to file the claims properly. Here are a few things to consider to make sure that your next application is not denied: 

  • Inability of the ability to prove the severity of disability 

SSA uses a very detailed criteria to determine the severity of your disability. And it is your responsibility to make sure that if you have a disability you visit the doctor regularly and keep up to date with all of your medical records.  

In order to qualify for disability you may have to prove your inability to perform substantial amount of work properly in your application such as impairment, hearing or sight loss, inability to move, or conditions such as arthritis, asthama through your medical records.  

  • You do not have enough history to meet the SSA requirements 

Even if you prove your disability, your application may still get denied because you may either not have enough work history to qualify under SSDI or SSI or you may simply not being able to produce documents to prove it to SSA.  

Proper procedures to follow if your first case was denied 

The last point is parallel to the fact that despite being able to handle all of the above required documents your application is denied. In order to avoid that type of sad consequence, we suggest you get a professional attorney or a qualified disability lawyer to defend your case through the disability process.  

 

Contact our top-notch social security attorneys at Disability Advocates Group Law Firm (DAG) for more personalized assistance. 

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