Social Security Disability Attorney In Los Angeles

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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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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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Healthcare Coverage Options if You're On Disability

When you cannot work due to a medical condition, a Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer can assist you in making sure you have income coming in by helping you to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or other appropriate benefits.

While you should have the money to support yourself if you can qualify for any of these benefits programs, you may also have another concern: how to pay for healthcare. Fortunately, there are some potential options available to you to get your healthcare costs covered. 

Healthcare Options if You're On Disability

If you cannot work due to a disability and you're receiving SSI or SSDI benefits, some of your possible options for getting healthcare include:

  • Medicaid: You should be qualified for Medicaid if you are receiving SSI benefits. You may also be able to obtain Medicaid when receiving SSDI, but would need to prove you meet the criteria for this means-tested benefits program. If you have too many assets or a household income that's too high, you won't be eligible. 
  • Medicare: After 24 months of receiving SSDI, you should become eligible for Medicare coverage. 
  • Obamacare exchanges: You can sign up for insurance through Covered California, which is the state's Obamacare exchange portal. You may be able to obtain subsidized coverage and you cannot be denied because of a pre-existing condition. 
  • COBRA: If you leave your job due to your disability, you can retain coverage for a period of time after you've left work. However, you'll need to pay full premiums. 

A Los Angeles disability attorney can help you to apply for SSI or SSDI as quickly as possible after you become disabled so you can get qualified for these benefits and start the process of becoming eligible for medical coverage as well. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help.


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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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