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Are Car Accident Victims Eligible for Disability Benefits?

If you are involved in a car accident and your injuries preclude you from working, you may be concerned about how you will bring income into your household. One thing to consider is whether or not the nature of your injuries has caused you to become disabled enough to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD).  A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can assist you in understanding how SSD works and whether benefits may be available to you. 

Eligibility for Social Security Disability After a Car Accident


Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are available only for people with long-term disabling conditions. If your car accident injuries are permanent, will last for at least 12-months, and/or are likely to be fatal, you may be eligible to receive SSD benefits. You will also need to meet the technical requirements for SSD benefits, which vary based on whether you are applying for Supplemental Security Income (which requires you to have limited assets and a low income) or applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (which requires you to have worked long enough to earn required work credits). 

It does not matter who caused your car accident, if you were at fault, or if the collision happened while you were working or on personal time. The key factors in determining whether car accident victims can get SSD benefits or not include meeting the basic eligibility requirements and having a long-term condition that is considered sufficiently severe.

The Social Security Administration has a list of conditions that can make you eligible for benefits if you have certain accompanying systems. If the nature of your injuries is addressed in the Blue Book, then you should get benefits by proving you have the requisite symptoms. If your condition isn't addressed, you will need to demonstrate your car accident injuries are medically equivalent in severity and prevent you from working. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits lawyer can assist you in providing the proof you need to maximize your chances of getting approved for benefits. 

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What is a Social Security Claims Representative?

The process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a lengthy process with multiple steps. It is helpful to know what to expect at each step in this process. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help you to be prepared for the different phases of applying for benefits and can assist you in maximizing your chances of approval at each step in the process.

The first step that you must take is to submit your initial benefits application and have an interview with a Social Security claims representative. You should know what this representative does and what to expect during your interview. 

What is a Social Security Claims Representative? 


A Social Security claims representative is the person who works for your local Social Security Administration office and who does the initial screening to determine if you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The claims representative does not assess the nature of your disability or the extent of your medical condition. That is the job of Disability Determination Services. Instead, the claims representative will find out if you meet the preliminary eligibility requirements. 

To be eligible for SSDI, you must have earned enough work credits. To be eligible for SSI, you must have a low enough income and limited resources. Whether or not you are currently working or earning any income will also affect your eligibility for benefits. A Social Security claims representative will obtain background information on your work history and current work status to determine if your claim can move forward.

In an in-person or phone interview, the claims representative will gather all the background info necessary to decide whether your case will move on to DDS. You may wish to talk with a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer to prepare for the types of questions you will be asked by the claims representative and to find out what kinds of evidence you will need to provide for your claim to move forward. 

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What is Disability Determination Services?

When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, it is important that you understand how the process works in terms of the ways in which benefit applications are reviewed. The majority of initial applications for both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are denied.  You may have to go through a multi-step process, including appeals, to ultimately get the Social Security Administration to provide the income you need. 

You should talk with a Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer as early as you can in this process so your attorney can advise you on the steps that are involved and can help you to understand who is making the decisions that affect your benefits eligibility.  One of the most important agencies that will impact whether or not you get benefits is Disability Determination Services. 

What is Disability Determination Services?


Disability Determination Services (DDS) is the agency that reviews the substance of your disability claim to determine if you will be approved for benefits or not. Your claim is first reviewed to make sure you meet the technical requirements, like having enough work credits for SSDI. Once it is determined that you could be eligible if you have a qualifying disability, your case goes to Disability Determination Services. 

It is DDS that will take a look at your medical records to assess whether you have a covered long-term disabling condition that should make you eligible for benefits. If your initial claim is denied, DDS will also be the agency that presides over the first stage of appeals. When you initially appeal your denial of benefits, you make a Request for Reconsideration. This means your claim goes back to DDS where it is reviewed by a different disability claims examiner than the initial person who looked at your records. Only if the second person at DDS denies your application will you need to move on to the next phase of appeals. 

A Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits attorney understands what DDS looks for when you submit a benefits application. Contact a lawyer to get help putting together the strongest possible application to fight for benefits. 

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Types of Medical Evidence That Could Determine Eligibility for Disability Benefits

When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, it is imperative that you demonstrate you have a serious long-term medical condition that impacts your ability to work. A Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits attorney can assist you in determining if your condition can get you qualified for coverage and can help you to provide the necessary medical evidence that convinces the Social Security Administration that your benefits application should be approved. 

Types of Medical Evidence That Determine Eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits


When you apply for disability, you want to provide evidence from your treating doctor who should be a specialist in the field related to your condition. If you have a heart condition, for example, your evidence should come from your treating cardiologist.  You want the medical evidence to show that you have symptoms the Social Security Administration has identified as being required for someone with your particular medical problem to get benefits.

Some of the different kinds of medical evidence that you may be able to submit to help bolster your claim include:

  • X-rays, CT-scan results, PET-scan results, and MRI results. 
  • Blood work and other lab testing. 
  • Treatment records, including medication taken or procedures performed. 

The more proof you have of the diagnosis, the types of treatments you have tried, and the manner in which your medical condition has impacted your life, the greater the chances that you will be approved for disability benefits. A Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney can provide you with assistance in understanding eligibility requirements and taking steps to provide the necessary proof of disabled status so you can maximize the chances that your claim for benefits will be approved. 

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Types of Medical Evidence That Could Determine Eligibility for Disability Benefits

When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, it is imperative that you demonstrate you have a serious long-term medical condition that impacts your ability to work. A Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits attorney can assist you in determining if your condition can get you qualified for coverage and can help you to provide the necessary medical evidence that convinces the Social Security Administration that your benefits application should be approved. 

Types of Medical Evidence That Determine Eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits


When you apply for disability, you want to provide evidence from your treating doctor who should be a specialist in the field related to your condition. If you have a heart condition, for example, your evidence should come from your treating cardiologist.  You want the medical evidence to show that you have symptoms the Social Security Administration has identified as being required for someone with your particular medical problem to get benefits.

Some of the different kinds of medical evidence that you may be able to submit to help bolster your claim include:

  • X-rays, CT-scan results, PET-scan results, and MRI results. 
  • Blood work and other lab testing. 
  • Treatment records, including medication taken or procedures performed. 

The more proof you have of the diagnosis, the types of treatments you have tried, and the manner in which your medical condition has impacted your life, the greater the chances that you will be approved for disability benefits. A Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney can provide you with assistance in understanding eligibility requirements and taking steps to provide the necessary proof of disabled status so you can maximize the chances that your claim for benefits will be approved. 

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How Would Medicaid Block Granting Impact the Disabled in Los Angeles?

Healthcare reforms on the federal level are likely to occur sometime within the next several months. It is unclear what form any changes will take or what programs may be affected. One program that could be subject to change is the Medicaid program.  Medicaid is the source of health insurance for many individuals who are disabled and who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

It is important for those who receive SSI and Medicaid benefits to understand how the laws may change and evolve. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can provide assistance in understanding legal developments and taking steps to protect benefits. 

How Could Disabled Patients Be Impacted by Changes to Medicaid? 

One proposal that has been made to modify the Medicaid program is to change the way in which the program is administered. Medicaid is administered through a state/federal partnership. The federal government covers a substantial portion of the costs of Medicaid programs, which individual states administer. States can set some of their own guidelines for Medicaid, within the framework allowed by the federal government, and the federal government will provide appropriate funds based on the number of people who sign up. 

The change that is being proposed is to provide block grants to states, which those states can then use to structure their own Medicaid programs.  The block grants would likely provide a set amount of funding, rather than providing funds based on how many Medicaid beneficiaries are signed up at any one time. Some suggest that this could result in states receiving less funding over time, which could force states to reduce benefits. 

Monitoring changes to Medicaid and to other programs that provide for the disabled is very important. A Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer can provide assistance to those who rely upon benefits to understand what their legal rights are and to try to protect access to benefits as much as possible within the law. 

 

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It's Rare Disease Day: Can You Qualify for Disability On the Basis of a Rare Disease?

February 28 is Rare Disease Day.  The purpose of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness of the impact that rare diseases can have on the lives of patients and their families. Events are held nationwide by public health organizations and other advocacy groups in order to help shape policy, attract funding for research, and otherwise educate lawmakers and the public about the plight of those with rare diseases.

On Rare Disease Day, it is a good time to address the rules for applying for Social Security Disability if you have a rare disease.  Many rare diseases are serious and can impact your ability to work and earn a living. Unfortunately, it could be complicated to get benefits from the Social Security Administration. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to understand the rules for getting benefits and can assist you in trying to qualify for disability income. 

Qualifying for Disability Benefits with a Rare Disease

The process of qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits will vary depending upon how  the Social Security Administration treats your particular condition. If your rare disease is on the Compassionate Allowances List, it may be possible to get approved for benefits more quickly and easily since the Compassionate Allowances program aims to streamline the process of qualifying for disability. 

If your condition is not a Compassionate Allowances condition, you should determine if it is listed on the Social Security Administration's list of impairments. If it is, then you can qualify for benefits by proving you have the condition and the specific symptoms that the SSA says must accompany that particular illness. 

If your condition is too rare to be listed on the list of impairments, you can still get access to benefits but will have to show your illness is equivalent is severity to listed conditions.  A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to prove you should be entitled to disability income if you have a rare disease. 

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4 Reasons to Apply for Disability Benefits if You're Too Sick to Work

If you are too sick to work, you should strongly consider applying for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can assist you in completing your application. Applying for benefits can be very important to you and to your family. 

4 Reasons You Should Apply for Disability Benefits When You Cannot Work Due to Illness

There are lots of reasons why you should apply for disability benefits from the SSA when your illness prevents you from working. Four of the top reasons why it make sense to apply for benefits include the following:

  1. SSA Disability benefits may be your only source of income: Most people do not have private disability insurance coverage. Workers' compensation disability benefits are available only if you got disabled due to work. If you cannot work and don't have any other coverage to provide disability benefits, the SSA benefits could be the only money you can bring in. 
  2. SSA Disability benefits could be provided to you until your retirement or death: As long as you remain eligible based on your disability and work status, you should be able to continue receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits until you become eligible for retirement benefits. This means you can remain financially secure throughout your life even if your disability stops you from working. 
  3. Your disability benefits could help you get access to medical coverage: If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you could be eligible for Medicaid.  If you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you can become eligible for Medicare after 24 months. 
  4. You paid taxes and deserve these benefits when you need help: You pay into the SSDI program with your Social Security taxes. Funding for SSI comes out of general funds, so you support this program with your regular federal income tax payments. You have supported these programs and should be able to get benefits when you need them. 

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to go through the process of applying for benefits so you can get the benefits that you both need and deserve. Contact an attorney for help as soon as you get sick. 

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Do You Have to Pay Taxes on SSDI Benefits?

Tax season is fast approaching, which means you need to understand what the tax rules are when you're getting your income through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). If you are receiving SSDI benefits, you may be taxed on at least some portion of those benefits. Whether or not you have to pay taxes is going to vary depending upon a variety of factors including what your income is and what your marital status is. A disability benefits lawyer in Los Angeles can help you to determine both if you must pay taxes and how your benefits are taxed. 

Do You Have to Pay Taxes on SSDI Benefits?


The IRS explains the rules for when SSDI benefits are taxable. According to the IRS, you can determine if any part of your benefits are taxable by comparing the "base amount" based on your filing status with the total of all income you have coming in from non-benefits plus half the value of your benefits. 

For example, if you are getting $10,000 in benefits and have $10,000 in other income, you'd add up $10,000 (other income) + $5,000 (half your benefits) and compare this amount with your base amount for your filing status.  If you're single, a qualifying widow or widower, or head of household, or married filing separately and you lived apart from your spouse all year, the base amount is $25,000.  If you're married filing jointly, the base amount is $32,000. 

If the total of half your benefits + your other income exceeds your base amount, that excess amount can be taxable. You should talk with a Los Angles disability benefits lawyer to find out the specific rules applicable in your situation and to get help both accessing your benefits and maximizing the amount of SSDI benefits you receive. 

 

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Are Social Security Disability Rules Different in California Than in Other States?

If you become disabled and you want to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD), you need to know what the rules are to become eligible for benefits. The requirements for qualifying for disability income are strict, and the process can be complicated so it is important that you hire an experienced Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer. Your attorney can explain to you what steps you must take and what you must prove in order to qualify for benefits. Your lawyer will also guide you through the process as you apply for coverage.

Are the Social Security Disability Benefits Rules Different from State to State?


Social Security Disability is a federal program, so you do not need to worry about facing very different requirements for applying depending upon where you live. In California and throughout the United States, the definition of disability is the same and the basic application process is the same. 

However, this does not mean there are no differences in trying to get benefits depending upon where you live. Each individual state has disability claims examiners who process claims and has administrative law judges who preside over hearings that become necessary when appeals occur after benefits claims are denied. Some states have higher denial rates than others, and there are different rates of success for applicants who appeal when their claim is not initially approved. 

You need to make sure you have a local lawyer who can provide you with assistance if you are applying for Social Security Disability in Los Angeles. Contact an experienced attorney today to find out what the rules are for applying and to get help submitting your application or appealing if your initial claim is denied. 

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Does Qualifying for Social Security Disability Mean You Can Cancel Your Student Loans?

If you have a severe long-term disability that stops you from working, you can work with a Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer to try to get Social Security Disability benefits.  When you become eligible for benefits, these benefits can continue for the duration of the time you are disabled. If your disability is permanent, you can receive Social Security Disability (SSD) until retirement benefits begin.

Many people who become eligible for Social Security Disability still have student loans they are trying to pay. If this happens to you, you may want to consider whether you can get your student loans discharged.  

Social Security Disability and Student Loan Discharges

Qualifying for Social Security Disability does not necessarily mean you are going to be able to discharge your student loans, even though qualifying for SSD does mean that you cannot work. It is possible to discharge federal student loans only under very limited circumstances when you become eligible for a Total and Permanent Discharge (TPD). 

You could become eligible for a TPD if you are an eligible veteran who has a 100 percent service connected disability.  If you have a disability likely to end in death, discharge is possible. If you have a severe disabling condition that renders you unable to work for at least five years, discharge is also possible. The TPD discharge requirements are even more stringent than requirements for qualifying for SSD, and the SSD requirements are pretty strict. 

If you are not able to get your loans discharged, you will have to pay them out of your disability benefits. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits lawyer will help you to try to maximize the amount of money you obtain from the Social Security Administration and through other benefits programs you may be eligible for so you can afford to pay for your loans and other expenses without worrying too much about money.  Contact an attorney today to find out more. 

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Can You Get Child Support Benefits Modified If You Become Disabled?

If you are paying child support and you become disabled, you may need to modify your child support benefits payments because you can no longer afford to pay them. You can still be responsible for paying at least some support for your kids. You need to make certain that you have at least some monthly income coming in if your disability prevents you from working so you can continue to provide for yourself and your family. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer can help you to apply for benefits so you can meet your responsibilities. 

Social Security Disability Benefits and Child Support 

Child support modifications are appropriate if there is a material change in circumstances. Becoming disabled and unable to work is a justification for a modification in support in most cases. You should petition the court as soon as possible, as you can remain responsible for child support until your court order is changed even if you're disabled and no longer working as a result. 

When your support order is modified, this does not mean you will have no responsibility for paying for your child. You could still be required to provide some support, depending upon sources of monthly income that you have coming in. You should try to maximize the disability benefits that you have coming to you so you can ensure you are able to pay support and still have the money you need to live on.

A Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer will assist you in exploring different disability benefits programs that you may be entitled to so you can get the maximum income possible to support yourself and your kids.

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5 Factors That Determine if You are Eligible for Los Angeles Social Security Disability Benefits

There are strict qualification requirements to be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. If you are disabled, you need to be aware of what is required to get monthly income from the Social Security Administration (SSA). In particular, there are five key factors that can be determinative in whether you are able to receive benefits. A Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer can help you to determine if you can meet the requirements. 

Five Factors to Determine if You Are Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits

Key factors that impact whether you can receive benefits include:

  1. Whether you are engaged in substantial gainful activity: If you are earning too much money each month, you are considered to be engaged in substantial gainful activity and cannot get benefits.
  2. Whether you have a long-term disabling condition: Your condition has to have lasted a year or more, or be expected to last at least a year, unless it is a terminal illness.
  3. Whether your long-term disabling condition is listed in the "Blue Book" or is medically equivalent in severity to listed conditions. The SSA has a list of qualifying condition which is commonly called the Blue Book. The listed conditions may entitle you to benefits. 
  4. Whether you have the required symptoms of your condition. Each condition listed in the Blue Book has associated symptoms you must experience if you are going to be eligible for benefits on the basis of that condition.
  5. Whether you can do the job you did before, or any job you're qualified for, despite your condition.  Your condition must prevent you from working and earning a living in order for you to be able to receive benefits. 

A Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits lawyer can help you to provide proof that you meet qualification requirements and should be entitled to disability income.

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What is a Consultative Exam for Social Security Disability?

A consultative exam is a medical examination that the Social Security Disability Administration (SSA) may request that you undertake if you have applied for Social Security Disability benefits. A consultative exam is required if the SSA disability claims examiner does not have enough information on the basis of your submitted medical records or if you have not been to the doctor recently. The purpose is to provide the SSA with enough information about your medical condition so a determination can be made regarding whether or not you are eligible for benefits. 

You do not have to be afraid of a consultative exam, but you should be prepared for what the exam will involve. Your regular doctor can conduct the exam if he is willing, but will need to make sure to provide the necessary information the Social Security Administration requires.  A Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer can help you to prepare for your exam and to make certain that you submit the needed details to maximize the chances of your claim being approved. 

Undergoing a Consultative Exam

When you are asked to undergo a consultative exam, the good news is that you've moved passed an initial review of your Social Security disability benefits claim without an outright denial. Since more than half of all claims for benefits are denied, it is good news that you are at least being asked to undergo an exam. 

During your exam, you should make certain you discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor. You will qualify for Social Security Disability only if you have a severe qualifying medical condition and required accompanying symptoms as defined by the Social Security Administration. You need to have medical proof of your symptoms and of the severity of your condition.

A Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer can help you to understand the types of symptoms and the kinds of evidence required to prove you have a covered disabling condition. Contact an attorney as soon as a consultative exam is requested by the SSA so you can get help trying to get benefits.

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Can the Self-Employed Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is available to provide benefits to a disabled person who has worked and earned a sufficient number of work credits. Many people who are self-employed wonder if their work history and experience will qualify them for benefits. The good news is, if you have paid into Social Security as a self-employed person, you should be entitled to benefits. You should talk with a Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits attorney to find out if you are eligible and to get help applying for SSDI income. 

Social Security Disability Benefits for the Self-Employed

Those who are self-employed play self-employment taxes. While an employer pays into Social Security on behalf of an employee under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act and the taxes are called FICA taxes, those who are self-employed pay into Social Security under the Self-Employed Contributions Act (SECA) and the taxes are called SECA taxes. Both FICA and SECA taxes earn you work credits.

The specific number of work credits you must have earned in order to get benefits is going to vary depending upon your age at the time when you become disabled. A Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer will help you to determine if you have paid enough SECA taxes into the system to become qualified for Social Security Disability Insurance.

Provided you have paid enough in, you should be entitled to SSDI as long as you aren't engaged in substantial gainful activity (current work activity) and you meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disabled.  If you have not paid in enough to qualify for SSDI, you could potentially receive disability benefits through Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Contact an attorney today to find out more.

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Can You Decline Care and Still Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you are under the care of a medical professional and you refuse to follow treatment recommendations, it is possible this can affect your eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. There are exceptions which allow you to decline certain kinds of care and still get benefits; however, by saying no to treatments you could be putting your monthly income at risk. You should talk with a Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer about the requirements for continuing your SSD coverage so you do not accidentally find yourself in a serious financial crisis. 

Declining Medical Care and Getting Social Security Disability Benefits


Although failing to get recommended medical care can jeopardize Social Security Disability income, there are situations where your refusal to get treatment won't end your disability income. Some examples include:

  • Suffering a debilitating fear of surgery that is too strong to overcome.
  • Suffering a severe mental illness which prevents you from following a therapy plan.
  • An inability to receive certain types of care because you aren't physically able and/or don't have necessary assistance. 
  • Refusing a treatment that you do not have funds to pay for. 
  • Refusing a treatment because it is against your religion. 
  • Situations where a conflict arises between doctors over the appropriateness of treatment. 

If you are considering turning down any type of treatment that your doctor has recommended and you are receiving disability income, you should talk with a Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer to make sure your refusal will not put your disability income at risk.

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Tips for Caregivers of Someone with a Disabling Condition

Caregivers of someone who is severely disabled can face a lot of stress. Family caregivers provide important services, helping to keep their loved ones out of nursing homes and enhancing quality of life for the disabled.  While fulfilling this role for loved ones, caregivers also need to make sure they look out for their own health and well-being. 

One important thing that caregivers should do is to find out about financial support and assistance which may be available for their families. A Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney can help with applying for disability income on behalf of an adult or child with a long-term disabling condition. An attorney can also discuss any caregiver benefits that may be provided to offer additional financial aid to families coping with the costs of disability. 

Tips for Caregivers of Someone who is Disabled

In addition to getting appropriate legal help from a disability attorney to explore eligibility for benefits, there are a few other things caregivers should make sure to do. Caregivers should check into local resources available to them to help them manage the tremendous responsibility they are taking on. Medicare has information on caregiver resources available in Los Angeles and in other locations throughout California.  There are caregiver support groups that may be of interest to you, and respite solutions to give you a break from providing care.

The most important thing is, you want to get the financial assistance you need so you and your loved ones don't have to worry about money on top of health issues. Contact a Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits attorney to find out how an experienced legal professional can help your family secure monthly income though Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income.

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Services to Help Those with a Disability in Los Angeles

When you are disabled, you may be in need of many different kinds of services. There are varying programs in Los Angeles that can provide work assistance, nutritional assistance, healthcare service, and advocacy to the disabled. It is important to know what resources are available to help enhance your quality of life, provide relief for caregivers, and allow you to maximize the opportunities available to you. 

It is also important to understand what your rights are to receive Social Security Disability benefits. One of the most important resources that disabled individuals should take advantage of are the services of an experienced Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits lawyer. An attorney can offer you assistance determining if you should receive monthly income through Social Security Disability Insurance or through Supplemental Security Income.  An attorney can also assist you in applying for these benefits and fighting against a denial of benefits. 

Resources and Services for Disabled Individuals in Los Angeles


To find out about many of the different kinds of services that are available to those who live with a disability in the LA area, you can visit the website of the Los Angeles Department of Disability. The Department works on behalf of the city to help disabled individuals and families obtain access to facilities, services, and programs. It provides advocacy, makes research available, and aims to improve the delivery of services to disabled individuals. 

Specific access to programs can vary depending upon whether you are a disabled adult or have a disabled child, as well as based on a variety of other factors. You deserve to have the highest possible quality of life, so should find out what resources are available to you. You should also contact a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney to make certain you have monthly income and do not have to worry about money.

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Where Do You Go For a Los Angeles Social Security Disability Appeal Hearing?

If your claim for Social Security Disability benefits is denied, you can appeal. The first stage of appeal is called Request for Reconsideration. Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorneys can assist you in making your request for reconsideration. The second stage of appeal, if your Request for Reconsideration does not result in you getting benefits, is a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Your lawyer will also represent you in this hearing. 

If you are forced to go into this second phase of appeal, you may be confused about where the hearing will take place.  The Social Security Administration has information on its website about where to go. You can visit the Hearing Office Locator page to find locations for Social Security Disability appeals hearings in Los Angeles. 

Where Do You Go for a Los Angeles Social Security Disability Appeal?


Los Angeles County is located within R9 San Francisco. There are multiple different locations within the R9 region that are conveniently close to the city of Los Angeles. For example, there is a downtown hearing office which is located in the City National Bank Building in Suite 1200. This is on 606 South Olive Street in Los Angeles, 90014. The telephone number for this hearing office is 866-488-2089. 

There is also a hearing office in West Los Angeles which is located at 12121 Wilshire Boulevard in Suite 400. This is in Los Angeles, 90025. The telephone number to reach this hearing office is 866-748-2089. 

Your Los Angeles Social Security disability appeals lawyer will help you to understand when and where appeals hearings will take place and can provide you with essential guidance throughout the entirety of the appeals process. Call a lawyer today to get help fighting for benefits and preparing for appealing a disability benefits denial. 

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Common Causes of Disability in Los Angeles

Anyone could become disabled at any time, as a sudden illness or injury could cause you to become unable to work or to do normal daily activities like dressing yourself or bathing. You should be protected from financial loss caused by a long-term disability because the Social Security Administration (SSA) should provide you with monthly income through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Unfortunately, many people who are disabled have a hard time getting their benefits claim approved. You need to know what kinds of disabilities can entitle you to benefits and should get help from a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney in case you become disabled. 

Common Causes of Disability

There are many different conditions that could leave you severely disabled, and many of those conditions should entitle you to receive Social Security Disability benefits. According to WebMd, some of the most common reasons why people become disabled include:

  • Arthritis
  • Pain in the back
  • Cardiac problems
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes

For some of these conditions, getting disability benefits is easier than others. For example, for many types of cancer, you can get expedited approval for a Social Security Disability benefits claim because many types of cancer are on a list of Compassionate Allowance conditions that entitle you to easier and quicker approval of your benefits application. For other conditions, like back pain, it can be harder to prove you are entitled to receive benefits. 

Whatever your specific condition, a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can provide the help you need to try to convince the Social Security Administration (SSA) to pay you the benefits that you deserve. 

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Disability Advocates Group is a law firm dedicated to serving individuals who have become disabled and are seeking to obtain the benefits they need and deserve. At Disability Advocates Group, we specialize in representing disabled clients in their claims for Social Security Disability Benefits.

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