Social Security Disability Attorney In Los Angeles

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What are the Chances You'll Need SSD Benefits?

No one ever likes to consider the possibility that they could become disabled. Unfortunately, there is a very real chance that you could end up with a serious illness or injury that stops you from working before you reach retirement age. The Social Security Administration indicates that one in five Americans live with disabilities, and one in 10 live with severe disabilities. The SSA also warns that as many as one in four 20-year-olds will become disabled before retirement age.

If You Are Disabled, Will You Need SSD Benefits?

If you develop a severe disability, you likely will need to receive benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Few people purchase private disability insurance because policies are often costly and coverage is often limited. Private disability insurance is also not routinely offered as a workplace benefit, like health insurance is. This means if you get sick or hurt and cannot work, Social Security Disability (SSD) may be your only source of income.

Whether you can receive SSD benefits or not will depend upon the severity of your disability. Your condition must last a year, be expected to last a year, or be a fatal condition. It also has to be very serious and impair your ability to work or do routine activities.

There are certain listed conditions which should make qualifying for benefits possible, as long as you also have associated symptoms. These conditions are found in the “Blue Book,” which is the informal name for the SSA's Listing of Impairments. An experienced Los Angeles disability benefits attorney will help you to determine if you have a listed condition, or one that is medically equivalent in severity so you can qualify for benefits.  

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How Do You Know if You Win Your Disability Claim?

Submitting a disability benefits claim is a nerve-wracking experience, especially since more than half of the people who apply for benefits will receive a denial. If you have submitted your application for Social Security Disability (SSD), the process of getting a decision will take months. Chances are, you will be waiting anxiously during this time, and may even be checking the status of your application frequently. As you wait to find out if you'll get the benefits you need, it is important to understand exactly how you will find out whether or not you've been granted benefits.

How to Find Out if You Are Awarded Social Security Disability Benefits 

If you successfully make an application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you will receive a Notice of Award in writing after your claim has been approved. The Notice of Award will explain how much you'll receive in benefits, whether you're owed any past due benefits, and when you will begin to receive disability income.

If you are initially denied benefits and you must go through the appeals process to a disability benefits hearing before an administrative law judge, you will find out whether you won your appeal when you receive a Notice of Decision Letter. If the decision was in your favor, you will receive a favorable hearing notice and you will subsequently receive a Notice of Award from the Social Security Administration.

If your appeal is not a successful one, you will receive a Notice of Decision- Unfavorable. This will provide info on your right to move on to the next stage of appeals. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can assist you with the appeals process if your claim is still not approved, so call an attorney as soon as you get a denial.  

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Who is Deciding On Your Disability Benefits Case?

There is a strict and narrow definition of disabled for purposes of obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. You need to make sure that you are able to fulfill the requirements set forth by the Social Security Administration when you make a benefits claim. It is helpful to understand how the process works and who decides on your claim. A Los Angeles disability attorney can assist you in understanding the application process and maximizing your chances of a successful disability benefits claim.

Why Decides Whether You Get SSD Benefits?

When you submit your claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your claim and supporting documentation are sent to Disability Determination Services (DDS). DDS is a state agency which employs disability claims examiners. It is these claims examiners who review your application and your medical records to determine if you are sufficiently disabled to qualify for benefits.

A disability claims examiner will request all of your medical records from the treatment providers who you listed on your application. The records and all of your provided information will be reviewed, as well as other relevant information such as whether you are currently working and whether you can work based on your job experience.

You need to make a convincing case to show the disability claims examiner why you are so disabled that you cannot have a job. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help. If your claim is initially denied, you can ask for another disability claims examiner to review it. An additional denial means you can appeal to an administrative law judge, who will decide what should happen with your claim. Finally, a last resort would involve appealing to federal court and letting the appellate court judge decide. You should get legal help throughout this process, so contact an attorney for assistance.  

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Should You Have Supportive Letters at Your Social Security Disability Benefits Appeal?

If your initial claim for Social Security Disability benefits is denied, you will have to go through the appeals process. Initially, you'll request another review of your application. If that does not work, you will need an appeals hearing. When preparing for this hearing, many people will ask for supportive letters. You should talk with your Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer about what supportive letters are and about who you should ask to write them.

Who Should Write Supportive Letters for You?

Supportive letters are letters that you submit in support of your disability claim in order to convince an administrative law judge that you actually are disabled enough to get benefits. While you could ask family and friends to write these letters for you, often letters like these will not carry a lot of weight. 

Instead, you should strongly consider asking for supportive letters from your caregivers as well as from former employers and people who can speak to your abilities within a professional situation. A caregiver can provide useful information about the extent of the limitations that you experience and about how your disability interferes with routine daily living activities. Employers can provide information on how your disability specifically affects your work.

When you include supportive letters, you should ask for the letters to be brief and you should make sure the letters provide personalized and detailed accounts of your limitations. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to make sure you put together solid evidence, including helpful supportive letters, as you try to get Social Security Disability benefits.  

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How to Talk With Your Doctor About Your Disability Benefits Claim

If you are applying for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA), your medical records are going to be some of the most important evidence in determining if you can get benefits. Medical records from your regular doctor are important to convince the SSA of your eligibility for disability benefits, especially if your doctor is a specialist in the field of your disabling illness or injury.

Unfortunately, lots of doctors don't understand the disability benefits program or know what kind of information should be included in medical records to help applicants get a benefits claim approved.

Talking with Your Doctor About Your Disability Claim

If you are applying for Social Security Disability, you need to let your treating physician know about your plans. You need to make sure your doctor is on board and believes you are deserving of benefits. This is important because your doctor will need to provide his treatment records and because he could eventually be called as a witness in an appeals hearing if your initial benefits claim is denied.

You should also ask your doctor if he is willing to fill out a residual functional capacity (RFC) form, as this form provides a history of your diagnosis, impairment, and symptoms. You may need to pay your doctor to complete this form, as it is lengthy.

Paying for the completion of the form is generally worth it because you want your doctor to be comprehensive and detailed in explaining how your disability has harmed your ability to work. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can provide assistance in understanding what should be included in your RFC form and medical records and can help you to make sure you get appropriate forms completed.  

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What is a Similar Fault and How Does it Relate to Social Security Disability Fraud?

The Social Security Administration requires complete honesty when someone is applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Obviously, when you submit your benefits application, you cannot lie and never want to commit fraud.

Many people, however, are surprised to find you don't actually have to commit fraud to be prosecuted in connection with your SSA application. The law also allows for legal action for “similar fault.” This is why getting help completing your application from a Social Security Disability lawyer is so important- you don't want to accidentally make mistakes.

What is Similar Fault?

In the Code of Federal Regulations section 404.988, “fraud or similar fault” are listed as conditions for re-opening a disability benefits case. SI 04070.020 also indicates that when fraud or similar fault is suspected, the case can be turned over to the Office of Investigation Field Offices. 

Allegations of fraud require the Social Security Administration to prove that an applicant for benefits intentionally defrauded the government. As a result, you usually don't have to worry about fraud charges unless you knowingly and purposefully do something wrong. Similar fault, however, is different. The government doesn't have to prove intent in cases where prosecution and loss of benefits occurs because of similar fault.

Similar fault can occur when an applicant provides incomplete or incorrect statements or knowingly conceals information that is important in determining eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits. Unfortunately, there could be situations when you accidentally fail to include full information that result in an allegation of similar fault. You need to protect yourself against serious allegations, and one of the best ways to do so is to get help from a Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney throughout the entirety of the benefits application process. 

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Who Can Provide Advice About Getting Disability Income?

If you are trying to get disability benefits, the process can be very confusing and stressful. You may be counting on Social Security Disability (SSD) to provide for you when you cannot make any money due to a serious illness or injury.

Unfortunately, you have reason to be worried about whether you will get the benefits that you need because more than half of all people who apply for Social Security Disability have their claims denied. You need to get good advice during the application process so you can reduce your chances of being one of the denials- but the question is, where can you turn?

Where to Turn for Advice on Social Security Disability

The best option for people looking for advice on Social Security Disability is to talk with an experienced attorney who has a practice focused on this area of law. While there may be others who aren't lawyers who claim they can help you to fill out the paperwork or move through the application process, only lawyers can give legal advice. In fact, it could be a criminal act of practicing law without a license if someone who isn't an attorney tries to give you legal advice on your specific situation.

An experienced attorney can interpret and explain the laws related to Social Security Disability. Attorneys have knowledge of how the application process works and can provide advice both during the initial steps of applying for benefits as well as in situations where you may wish to appeal a disability denial. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer is ready to help you now, so call today for advice.


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What to Avoid When Completing Your SSD Benefits Application

Trying to get approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be a very difficult process, as more than half of all applicants are denied. The application process can also be a lengthy one, even if your claim ultimately does end up being approved.

You do not want to make mistakes which could make your application process take longer or which could end up resulting in a denied claim. You should talk with a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer to find out how to avoid mistakes that could have an adverse impact on your right to benefits.

Avoid These Mistakes When Applying for SSD Benefits

When you are applying for Social Security Disability, some of the things that you should try to avoid doing include:

  • Getting unemployment benefits. While there are some times when you can get both unemployment and SSD, trying to double up can cause problems. When you apply for SSD benefits, you are saying you cannot work due to your disability. However, getting unemployment benefits requires you to be ready and able to work. This contradiction could come back and haunt you.
  • Continuing to work. While it is hard to be without an income, you cannot engage in “substantial gainful activity” when trying to get disability benefits. You could find yourself disqualified from SSI or from SSDI if you are making too much money.
  • Posting too much on social media. If you post pictures of you engaging in activities that make you appear healthy, it is possible that Social Security Disability fraud investigators could get the wrong idea and you could be denied benefits. 

These are just a few of the mistakes you want to avoid. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits lawyer will offer you invaluable assistance in trying to make sure you get your claim approved and avoid mistakes that could cost you the benefits you need.

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Can You Speed Up Your Social Security Disability Hearing Date?

If your Social Security Disability benefits claim is denied, you'll need to appeal. Appealing usually involves a hearing if the first phase of appeals (request for reconsideration) is unsuccessful. The hearing takes place before an administrative law judge (ALJ) and it can take months to get the hearing scheduled. Because you may have a hard time supporting yourself as you wait for a hearing, many people turn to a Los Angeles disability attorney for help trying to speed up their hearing. 

Speeding Up Your Social Security Disability Hearing Date 

There are a number of different approaches that you can take with the help of your attorney if you want to try to get a hearing more quickly during the Social Security Disability appeals process. For example, you could:

  • Prepare and send a financial dire need letter to try to get an earlier hearing date. Regional offices (called the Office of Disability Adjuration and Review) receive many dire need letters, so there is no guarantee that you will necessarily get an earlier hearing date. However, a convincing letter can sometimes help and it doesn't hurt to try.
  • Obtain your medical records yourself instead of waiting for them to be requested by the SSA and sent by your care provider. You can submit your records in a more timely manner to avoid undue delay.
  • Reach out to your congressional representative. If you ask for help, a congressional staff member may write the Social Security hearing office on behalf of a claimant. Sometimes, this can be effective at getting an earlier hearing.  

A Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney will help you to explore these and other options to try to get a hearing as quickly as possible.  

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What is a Representative Payee for Social Security Disability?

There are many reasons why a person may become eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD), but in every case, an SSD recipient has to be severely physically or mentally disabled such that work is impossible. Unfortunately, the disability which results in SSD eligibility can sometimes also make it difficult or impossible to manage the money that comes from SSD. When this happens, a Social Security representative payee can be appointed.

What is a Representative Payee? 

The representative payee is a person who handles financial management for an SSD recipient who cannot manage money on his or her own. Often, a representative payee is necessary when someone has dementia, has a serious mental illness, is addicted to drugs or alcohol, or otherwise cannot manage his or her own money 

A representative payee is usually a family member or a friend of the person who is disabled and receiving benefits. If no family member or friend is available to handle financial management, then the Social Security Administration will look for a qualifying organization to serve as the representative payee. Representative payees must use benefits to provide for the current needs of the SSD benefits recipient and to save for future foreseeable needs. Good accounting records must be kept to show how the SSD benefits are being spent.

If you believe that you may need a representative payee to manage your benefits someday or if you are concerned about a family member's ability to manage SSD benefits, you should talk with a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney about the representative payee program.  

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Can You Get Other Government Assistance While on SSD?

Many people who qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are not able to earn any income at all because of the severity of their disabling condition. As you wait for approval for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you may find yourself unable to pay the bills or put food on the table.

Even once you are approved, your SSI or SSDI benefits may not be enough to provide for all your needs. As a result, many recipients of SSD benefits are interested in exploring their other options for receiving benefits and help from the government.

Other Government Benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance 

While you are waiting for SSD benefits, your attorney can help you to determine if you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. There are some restrictions and limitations on collecting both unemployment and SSD benefits so you need to talk with a lawyer about your options as you do not want to jeopardize your SSD claim. 

Either before or after you receive SSD benefits, you may also be eligible for other means-tested government benefits, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Your eligibility depends upon things like resources, family size, and total monthly income.

Finally, many people who receive SSD benefits are concerned about getting their medical bills paid. When you receive SSI, you may also be eligible for Medicaid coverage. For those on SSDI, Medicare may be a possibility but only after 24 months. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorney can help you to determine if you should be able to receive medical benefits in addition to SSD income.  

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Can Social Security Disability Benefits Be Garnished?

If you are dependent upon your Social Security Disability benefits for income, as most people are, you may be very concerned about what could happen if a creditor makes claims against you. It is natural to be worried that the claims could result in financial loss if the creditor is able to garnish your Social Security Disability benefits.

Can a Creditor Garnish Your Social Security Disability Benefits?

The good news is, your Social Security Disability benefits are generally protected and beyond the reach of most creditors. Because you count on this income as a disabled person, neither Supplemental Security Income (SSI) nor Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) income is generally subject to being garnished.

There are, however, a few limited exceptions. For example, the federal government can usually garnish Social Security Disability benefits if you owe the government money, such as if you have defaulted on a student loan which is backed by the U.S. government. If you owe back child support, you can usually end up with your SSDI or SSI benefits being garnished to pay for these costs as well. 

It is difficult to make enough money to pay all of your bills when you are disabled, especially if you have a long waiting period before Social Security Disability benefits kick in. You want to do everything you can to get your benefits from SSDI or SSI as quickly as possible when your disability stops you from working so you don't end up in debt and worried about creditor claims. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help you to try to get the benefits you need in as timely a manner as possible.  

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Setting Up Direct Deposit for Your Social Security Disability Benefits

Anyone receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits through either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is required to receive their benefit electronically. This requirement was put into place for anyone who successfully filed a claim for Social Security Disability income after May 1, 2011.

Direct Deposit for Social Security Disability Benefits 

You can set up direct deposit of your Social Security Disability check by contacting the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 800-772-1213. You can also access your Social Security Account via the Internet and sign up for direct deposit.

If you have not applied yet for Social Security Disability benefits, it is also possible to get your direct deposit set up at the time of your initial application. You can bring a bank statement with you or bring your checkbook and provide your account and routing number to the representative from the Social Security Administration.

The obligation to sign up for direct deposit can be a hassle for people who do not have a bank account or who do not regularly visit the bank. The SSA also provides options for people in these situations. For example, you could us the Direct Express Program to obtain your funds on a bank card that you can use just like a regular debit card. You could also take advantage of an Electronic Transfer Account (ETA) which some banks offer. There are guidelines for ETAs to follow, but a monthly fee could be charged. 

Your Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits attorney can help you to understand the best ways to access your benefits, so speak with your lawyer if you aren't sure what the right approach is.  

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Are There Cost of Living Increases for Social Security Disability?

For many people receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), their monthly disability income is the only income that they have. Unfortunately, this means that as things become more expensive over time, buying power from their disability benefits decreases. In order to make certain that people who rely on Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits have enough money to buy things even as prices rise, there are periodic cost of living adjustments (COLAs). 

COLAs are just one way that the Social Security Administration tries to provide for the disabled. If you are sick and in need of financial support, you should talk with a Los Angeles disability attorney for help understanding your options for getting the financial support that you need. 

Do You Get Cost of Living Increases with Social Security Disability Benefits? 

Cost of living increases are available at periodic intervals, and sometimes occur as frequently as annually. The Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) is used to determine if Social Security Disability benefits recipients will receive a COLA or not.

The CPI-W is prepared annually by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is designed to be a measurement of the average change over time in the cost of routine goods and services. If the CPI-W shows that things are getting more expensive for consumers to buy, the Social Security Administration provides a cost of living adjustment. If the CPI-W increased by .1 percent between the time of the last COLA and the third quarter of the current year, than those receiving all types of Social Security benefits will get a raise. 

To find out more about the benefits you can expect when you are receiving Social Security Disability, contact a Los Angeles disability attorney today.  

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Lump Sum or Installment Payments for Your SSD Back Pay?

Many applicants for Social Security Disability (SSD) are entitled to receive back pay and/or retroactive benefits from the Social Security Administration. If you are entitled to back pay, you may receive the money that you are owed all at once in a lump sum or you may receive the money in installment payments. Your Los Angeles disability attorney can help you to determine how your back pay will be received.

How Will You Get SSD Back Pay Benefits?

For applicants receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you typically will receive your back pay benefits and/or your retroactive benefits in one big lump sum. Retroactive benefits refer to benefits you are owed from your established onset date (the date you had a qualifying disability) up to the time when you actually applied for benefits.

For applicants receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you may get a lump sum amount to repay your back pay, or you may get smaller installments if the back pay you are owed is more than three times the maximum monthly benefit amount. 

If you must receive your back pay in installments because you are owed a lot of money, you typically will receive three separate payments with the money that is owed to you. These payments will be spaced six months apart. The first two payments of back pay cannot exceed three times the amount of your maximum monthly benefit. However, in the last payment, you will get the remaining balance due. There are some exceptions to this general rule, such as when you have a pressing need for the money or in situations where you are not expected to live for longer than 12 months. 

A Los Angeles disability attorney will assist you in determining both if back pay is available in your situation and also in determining how you will receive your backpay.  

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How Does Social Security Disability Back Pay Work?

Qualifying for disability benefits takes time. As a result, almost every successful applicant is entitled to receive back pay. Back pay benefits can be a big relief when you have not been able to work for a while because of your condition and when you have not had money coming in. You can use these benefits to pay off debt you may have acquired and to put aside for savings to provide you with a financial cushion that you need due to your disability. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can explain how back pay works and help you to determine what you should receive. 

How Does Social Security Disability Back Pay Work?

A number of factors determine whether you will receive Social Security Disability (SSD) back pay and how much you will receive. These factors include:

  • The date of your application for disability or your alleged onset date. For Social Security benefits (SSDI benefits), you should be able to receive back pay going at least back to the date of your application. In most cases, you could also get back pay for your retroactive period, which is the time you were disabled prior to actually applying for benefits. The key determining factor is your established onset date (EOD), which is the date the disability started. For Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your back pay will be paid to the first of the month after you applied for benefits.
  • The five-month waiting period. This applies to SSDI claims. Once you have an established onset date (EOD), your benefits will begin five months after this designated date.

A Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorney can help you to determine your onset date for your disability and can help you to prove your eligibility for back pay.  

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What Info Do You Need to Apply for SSDI Benefits?

Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be done online. However, in order to get started with the application, you are going to need to have some basic information available to you. As you move through the claims process, you will also need to be able to provide evidence of your medical condition.

The application process can be difficult, especially as more than half of the applicants for SSD benefits are denied. To make sure you complete a comprehensive application and maximize your chances of getting benefits, you may wish to talk with a Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorney. 

What Do You Need to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

When you begin the online application process, your application will be given a unique number. Be sure to keep track of the number, as you will need it to access your online application or to check the status of your claim.

As you begin the application process for SSD benefits, you will need to provide the Social Security Administration with some basic introductory information. You'll need to offer your contact details, including your email and telephone number as well as your address. You must provide your date and place of birth, your Social Security number, the date you worked last, and information on your work history. You also must include details about your family (spouses and children); your military service; and a record of your earnings and work history.

As you complete the application process, you will be asked to consent to allow your medical records to be disclosed to the Social Security Administration. You have to consent if you wish the SSA to try to obtain your records for you. Your medical records are on of the most important parts of your application, so be sure to have comprehensive and complete records! A Los Angeles disability attorney can help you to get your records and to take the other necessary steps in completing your application.  

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What Does a Closed Period Benefit Mean for Social Security Disability ?

If you qualified for Social Security Disability (SSD) for a period of time, but do not qualify any longer, you may wish to apply for SSD for a closed period. Applying for a closed period benefit means that you ask for SSD benefits only for a limited amount of time.You can get money you need that you missed out on earning when you were disabled, and will often have an easier time getting your benefits claim approved since the limited benefit period means less financial expense for the Social Security Administration. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can assist you in determining if you can qualify for a closed period benefit.

How Does a Closed Period Claim Work?

In order to be eligible to receive SSD benefits for a closed period, you must have met the definition of disabled during that period of time. You must have had a qualifying disability that persisted for at least 12 months and that was either in the Social Security Disability Blue Book or was medically equivalent to conditions in the book. The symptoms of your disability must have prevented you from working, and you must not have engaged in substantial gainful activity by earning above a set income during the period for which you are seeking benefits.

You also must apply within 14 months of the time your disability ended. If this is not possible, you must make your claim within 15 and 36 months after you recover, if you can show you delayed filing past 14 months due to an impairment. You have to provide proof, including medical records, to show the severity of your condition. A Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer can provide you with assistance in applying for benefits for a closed period, so contact an attorney if you believe you should be eligible.  

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How the ADL Form Affects Your SSDI Application

The Social Security Disability Administration looks at a number of different factors when trying to determine whether or not someone should qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. One of those factors is how your disability affects routine activities of daily living (ADL).

When you apply for benefits, you will be asked to complete a Function Report, which is commonly called the ADL form or ADL questionnaire. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to complete this form to show how your condition affects your life.

How the ADL Form Affects Your Disability Application

The Function Report, or ADL Form, is very important to show the SSA how your condition affects you. If your initial claim for benefits is denied, this form will also be reviewed by the administrative law judge who hears SSD appeals. The answers that you provide on the form can illustrate the severity of your symptoms and are a perfect opportunity to demonstrate why your condition is so burdensome that you are not able to work. 

As you complete the form, you will need to provide info on many routine activities of daily living that you do, including things like whether you are able to go out, engage in hobbies, cook your own meals, or spend time with others.

You need to be honest when completing the form, but should also emphasize how your disability limits you as you go about your day. For help making sure you complete your form in an appropriate and comprehensive way, call a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer today.  

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Does Getting Married Affect Social Security Disability?

A marriage is a joyous occasion, but it can sometimes have serious financial consequences if you are receiving Social Security Disability benefits. Before you decide to tie the knot, you should consult with a Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorney to find out how a marriage is going to affect your disability income. 

How Does Getting Married Affect Social Security Disability Benefits? 

When you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your benefits are means-tested, which means your household income and resource level are considered in determining if you are eligible for disability benefits. When you get married, your spouse's income and resources could change the amount of benefits you receive or could even render you ineligible to receive benefits in certain cases. 

If your new spouse is also receiving SSI, your benefit amounts will both change. Instead of being paid monthly income at the individual rate, you will be paid at the couple's rate. 

If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, your marriage will not affect your benefits at all if you are receiving those benefits based on your own work record. However, if you are receiving your benefits based on an ex-spouse's work record or based on a deceased spouse's work record, your benefits could stop as a result of your marriage. Adult children receiving benefits on a parent's work record could also have their benefits affected by a marriage, but this is not always the case.

A Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits lawyer will help you to understand the impact of marriage on your disability income.  Contact an attorney as soon as possible when considering marriage so you can make a solid financial plan.       

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