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Common Mistakes in Applying for Disability Benefits

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is difficult, especially as there is a very high denial rate. More than half of all applications are denied initially, and many people have to go through multiple stages of appeals to get benefits. 

A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can provide assistance in submitting a claim for benefits to maximize the chances of approval and can help with the appeals process. An attorney can help you to avoid common mistakes that could make it harder to get benefits including:

  • Failing to submit enough medical evidence: The medical information you provide to the Social Security Administration is key to getting your claim approved. You need to ensure you provide details showing you have a condition the Social Security Administration will consider severe enough to qualify for benefits and you need to prove you have symptoms associated with that condition that interfere with your ability to work.
  • Earning too much money when applying for benefits: If you are engaged in substantial gainful activity (SGA), you will not be able to qualify for disability benefits.
  • Not applying for the right benefits program: You could potentially obtain disability income either from Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). While both programs require a serious long-term disability, other qualification requirements differ. For example, you cannot obtain SSDI benefits if you haven't earned enough work credits, while SSI doesn't require work credits but is means-tested. 

If you want to ensure you avoid mistakes that cause your application for benefits to be denied, contact a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney for help 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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Are Disability Benefits Enough to Live On?

Social Security disability benefits may be your only source of income if you are too disabled to work. Qualifying for these benefits can be a big challenge, as more than half of applicants who attempt to get benefits have their claims denied and need to go through the appeals process. A disability benefits attorney in Los Angeles can provide help in qualifying for benefits, so you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. 

Your attorney can help you to determine what types of benefits you are entitled to and can work with you to try to maximize the benefits you receive so you can try to make sure your Social Security Disability benefits are enough to live on. 

Can You Live on Social Security Benefits Alone?

Social Security Disability benefits can take two forms: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance. The amount of benefits you receive will depend upon which of these programs you qualify for benefits under as well as based on your income.

If you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), for example, your benefits amount will be based upon how much you actually paid into the system while you were working and earning work credits.

Whether you qualify for benefits through SSI or SSDI, living on your benefits can be challenging, especially if you don't have a long work history and you have not earned a lot of wages so your disability benefits isn't large. However, many people do make do on Social Security disability because they have no choice since their disabling condition stops them from working.

If you'll need to rely on Social Security to pay for your expenses, you want to try to get benefits as soon as possible after you become disabled. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits lawyer can help you to submit your application and to try to get benefits in a timely manner. 

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What if Your Employer Won't Accommodate You as a Disabled Worker?

Los Angeles disability attorneys provide assistance to disabled individuals who have a serious medical condition that prevents them from doing any job for which they are qualified to do.  Many people with serious disabling conditions rely on disability benefits because of the severity of their condition and because of the difficulty finding work. 

There are laws in place that are intended to try to make it easier for individuals with a disability to get a job. Unfortunately, sometimes employers do not take appropriate action to follow those rules. 

What Happens When Employers Don't Accommodate Disabled Workers

Employers must make reasonable accommodations to allow a disabled person to do a job he is qualified for. If employers refuse to make such accommodations, the affected employee could make a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, who may conduct an investigation into the employer's conduct.  

An employee who is discriminated against on the basis of disability, including in situations where employers refuse to make accommodations, can also file a civil lawsuit for discrimination in order to pursue a claim for damages caused by the employer's actions. 

Unfortunately, there are many circumstances when your disability is so severe that you cannot work even when accommodations are made. When this occurs, a Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorney can help you to take action to obtain benefits from the Social Security Administration.

You should contact a disability benefits lawyer if you believe your condition has prevented work so you can get the help you need to get benefits. 

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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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Is it Difficult for People With Disabilities to Get Jobs?

If you have a long-term disabling condition that interferes with your ability to work, you may need to apply for Social Security Disability benefits so you can have monthly income to support yourself and your family. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can provide you with assistance with the application process. 

Many people who are disabled, even with serious disabilities, want to try working anyway. Unfortunately, getting a job can often be challenging when you have a serious medical condition. 

The Challenges of Getting a Job When You Are Disabled

When you are disabled and looking for work, you will be limited to applying for jobs that you can do with your particular medical condition -- which makes it more difficult for you to navigate the job market.  While employers are required to make reasonable accommodations to make it possible for you to work with a disability at a job you are otherwise qualified for, there may still be a much narrower field of potential jobs you can apply for. 

People who are disabled also face a much higher unemployment rate. As the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, the unemployment rate for people with a disability in 2016 was 10.5 percent, which was close to double the 4.6 percent unemployment rate for people who do not have a disability. The unemployment rate only counts people looking for work who cannot find it, so that means there are a lot of disabled people who are having difficulty finding work. 

Working while you are trying to apply for disability benefits can prevent you from obtaining benefits if you are earning enough to be classified as being involved in substantial gainful activity (SGA). You should talk with a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney about how trying to work could impact a claim for Social Security Disability if you are seeking benefits. 

 

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Why Should You See a Specialist if You're Trying to Get Social Security Disability

If you are disabled and hoping to receive Social Security Disability benefits, you should work with a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney to help you complete the process of applying for benefits in the best way possible to maximize your chances that your application will be approved.

One of the key issues that helps to determine if your claim for benefits will be approved or not is whether you are considered to be sufficiently disabled. Seeing a specialist can help you to prove to the Social Security Administration that you deserve to receive disability benefits. 

Why It's Important to See a Specialist

When the Social Security Administration makes a determination regarding whether you are eligible for benefits or not, they carefully consider the medical evidence that you provide. The strength of the medical evidence showing you have a qualifying disability can be the most important determining factor in the Social Security Administration's assessment of whether your claim for benefits is approved.

The Social Security Administration wants to see records from your treating physician, and they want to see records from an expert in the field. For example, a patient applying based on a heart condition should provide medical information from a cardiologist.

The sooner you see a specialist, the sooner that specialist can begin to document your condition and symptoms -- and all of this evidence can then be submitted to the Social Security Administration to strengthen your claim for benefits.

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can assist you in understanding everything you need to know about the application process and in taking steps to maximize your chances of approval. Contact an attorney today to learn more. 

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Should I Try to Work While Getting Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you are receiving Social Security Disability income and you are considering trying to work, it is important to understand fully the implication that this decision could have on your continued ability to receive benefits.

A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can provide assistance in understanding the rules for working while on benefits and can help you to protect the important benefits that you are receiving. 

Should You Work While Receiving Disability Benefits?

Trying to work while you are receiving disability benefits can be risky because earning income and having a job could potentially result in your benefits being reduced or suspended.  If you discover that working is too difficult for you, you'd need to take steps to restart your benefits if this occurs.

However, while there is a risk to trying to work, there are programs in place that are designed to help you try to re-enter the workforce without putting your continued access to benefits in jeopardy.

For example, if you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, there is a Ticket to Work program that ensures you don't lose access to benefits right away and to ensure that you can get expedited reinstatement of benefits if working doesn't end up being something that you are able to sustain over the long-term.

Understanding the rules for benefits is important if you are counting on benefits to provide you with income, especially given the challenges involved in the Social Security Disability application process. Be sure to talk with your Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits attorney to avoid jeopardizing the Social Security income you depend upon.

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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 Do Los Angeles Disability Lawyers Do To Help You Get Disability Benefits?

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a very frustrating endeavor because there are strict application requirements and because there is a very high denial rate. Hiring a Los Angeles Disability lawyer can be helpful as you try to obtain benefits, so you should consider hiring an attorney for help. 

What Can Los Angeles Disability Lawyers Do to Help You?

When you hire a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer to help you try to obtain benefits, an attorney will offer you assistance with many of the key issues that can arise during the applications process. An attorney can help you to:

  • Understand the eligibility requirements: An attorney can explain to you the work requirements for Supplemental Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the income and asset limits for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Your attorney can also explain to you what criteria you need to fulfill to be considered disabled by the Social Security Administration. 
  • Submit the most complete application: Your lawyer will help you to make sure you have comprehensive medical information and that you provide the evidence you need to convince the Social Security Administration that you are sufficiently disabled enough to qualify for benefits. 
  • Appeal a denial: If your benefits claim is denied, you'll need to move forward to try to appeal if you want to be able to obtain benefits. There are multiple stages of appeal and an attorney can assist you in the process. 

These are just some of the many ways Los Angeles disability benefits attorneys can help you if you need Social Security disability income because of your medical condition. Call an attorney today to find out more about the assistance we can provide. 

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Do People With Severe Disabilities Always Get Approved for Social Security Disability?

If you have a severe disability that prevents you from working, Social Security Disability benefits could provide you with monthly income. However, not everyone is able to successfully get approved for benefits from the Social Security Administration.  In fact, even people with severe disabilities sometimes aren't eligible for benefits or do not get approved for benefits. 

A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can provide you with help if you are uncertain as to whether you would be eligible for benefits. An attorney can also help you to make the most compelling possible case to convince the Social Security Administration to approve you for benefits based on your condition. 

Does A Severe Disability Always Mean You'll be Approved for Benefits?

There are different factors that will determine whether you will be eligible for Social Security Disability.  The extent of your disability is one of those factors. If you have a severe disability and you can prove that this disability both stops you from working and is a long-term disabling condition, you should be able to get benefits on the basis of that disability.

However, you'll also need to meet other eligibility criteria as well. For example, if you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you need to have a sufficient number of work credits. If you don't have these credits and you cannot qualify based on a relative's work record, you won't be able to get these benefits even if you are disabled enough to qualify for them. 

Likewise, if you are applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) but you have too many assets or your household income is too high, you won't be able to qualify even if your disability is severe.

A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can provide the help you need to apply for the right benefits program and prove you're sufficiently disabled. Contact an attorney for help today. 

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What Happens if You're Denied for Social Security Disability?

If you apply for Social Security disability benefits, there is a very good chance that you will be denied initially. If you are denied for your benefits, do not just give up -- these benefits may be the only source of income you have if you cannot work.

You should reach out to a Los Angeles Social Security disability appeals lawyer if you are denied benefits so you can get the help you need to fight for Social Security disability income. 

What Happens After Your Application for Social Security Disability Benefits is Denied?

If your application for Social Security disability benefits is denied, you will not receive benefits if you don't appeal. If you wanted to try again to receive benefits in the future, you would need to begin the process of applying for benefits all over again.

However, you do have the option to appeal the denial and this is generally the best approach to take. When you appeal, the first stage of appeals is a request for reconsideration. During this phase, a new disability claims examiner will review your claim and see if you can be approved based on this secondary review. 

If the request for reconsideration still doesn't result in you getting benefits, you can move on to additional phases of appeal including having a hearing before an administrative law judge.

A Los Angeles Social Security disability appeals attorney can guide you through the entirety of the appeals process and can help you to do everything possible to try to get approved for benefits.  Contact an attorney right away after a benefits denial, as you don't want to miss the deadline for appeals. 

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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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Can You Get Social Security Disability After an Injury?

Social Security disability benefits are available to people who cannot work and who need income to support themselves because of it. These benefits aren't only available to people who suffer an illness that leaves them disabled, such as cancer or kidney failure. Benefits may be available to people who are injured as well. 

Whether you'll be able to get benefits after an injury or not will depend upon whether you can meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disabled.  A Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney can help you to determine if you should be able to qualify for Social Security disability benefits based on your condition and can assist you in applying for benefits. 

Getting Social Security Disability After a Work Injury

Your ability to get Social Security Disability benefits after a work injury will vary depending upon whether the injury caused long-term impairment. Benefits through the Social Security Administration are available only for long-term conditions, which is defined as a condition that will last at least a year or that's likely to result in death. 

If your injury only causes you to be impaired for the short-term, workers' compensation disability benefits if the injury was work related or state short-term disability benefits may be your only options for getting disability income through a benefits program. 

Your injury must also cause you to be so disabled you cannot do any job for which you are qualified. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can provide assistance in determining if you meet the criteria and can help you to prove to the Social Security Administration that your disabling condition should qualify you for benefits. Contact an attorney today to get help.

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What Should You Do If You Get Sick and Can't Work?

If you get sick and you cannot work because of it, you need to reach out to a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer for help as soon as possible. There may be options available for you to obtain disability income but you need to understand what steps you should take to get benefits.

What to Do If You Get Sick and Cannot Work

The benefits that may be available to you if you get sick and cannot work will vary depending upon the nature of your illness and its cause.

  • If you have a short-term illness, you could potentially be entitled to short-term disability income through California's state benefits program.
  • If you have a long-term disabling condition likely to last a year or to end in your death, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income through the Social Security Administration. 
  • If you got sick because of your job, such as if your illness was caused by chemical exposure, you may be entitled to receive workers' compensation disability benefits.

Applying for benefits can be very time consuming, depending upon which benefits program you hope to receive benefits from. You may also have deadlines to meet, as you need to report work-related illnesses in a timely manner to remain eligible for benefits, and you may have specific things you need to prove to be eligible for benefits.

Because of the complexities associated with determining what benefits to apply for and the challenges in submitting a successful application, you should contact a disability benefits lawyer in Los Angeles as soon as possible when you become unable to work due to a disabling condition.

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Should You Buy Disability Insurance?

More than one in four people who is 20 today will become disabled before they retire, according to Disability Can Happen.  You need to be prepared in case you become too disabled to work and, if you do find yourself too disabled to work, you should reach out to a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer who can help you to find out about your options for obtaining benefits.

Because there is a substantial risk of disability, you may be interested in purchasing disability insurance coverage. While many people do not have this coverage, it could provide important protection.

Should You Buy Disability Insurance Coverage?

Disability insurance coverage can be expensive,  especially if you have to buy a policy on the private marketplace because your employer does not offer this type of insurance. Still, if you have a family depending upon your income or if there is a high risk that you could become disabled, purchasing a policy may be worthwhile. 

If you do not buy private disability coverage, you'll need to rely on government disability benefits if something happens to you. The federal government offers benefits through the Social Security Administration, but only for long term disabling conditions that cause severe disabilities. There are no short-term disability benefits through the federal government, but many workers in California have coverage through state disability programs.

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can provide you with assistance understanding the types of benefits that could provide for you if you are disabled and making informed decisions about how to make sure you get the maximum in benefits so you won't have to worry about providing for yourself and your loved ones if something should happen to you. 

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How Can You Find Out How Much Your Social Security Disability Benefits are Worth?

A Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits attorney can provide you with help if you have become so disabled you cannot work and you want to try to receive disability income from the Social Security Administration. 

Social Security Disability income may be your only source of income if you are too sick or hurt to work, so getting qualified for benefits is important. You'll also need to understand how to determine what your benefits will be worth if you receive Social Security disability. 

How Can You Find Out How Much Your Social Security Disability Benefits are Worth?

If you receive benefits from Social Security through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, your benefits are based on your work history.  You will need to have earned enough work credits to qualify for benefits and the amount you earned and paid into the system will determine how much your monthly disability benefit is worth.

You can easily find out exactly how much money you will receive from Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. You'll just need to visit mySocialSecurity to find out. If you have already created an account on this site, you'll need to input your user name and password. If you haven't, you'll need your Social Security number and identifying information to sign up. 

Once signed up, sign into your account and click on the link to "View Estimated Benefits." You'll be taken to a window where you can see what your Social Security disability benefits will be worth, as well as what your retirement benefits are worth at different ages.  These benefits can help to support you if you have become unable to keep a job due to your disabling condition.

If you need help applying for benefits so you can receive the disability income you are entitled to, reach out to a Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer today. 

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How Long Can You Receive Social Security Disability?

If you have become too disabled to work, a Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits attorney can help you to pursue a claim for disability benefits.

If you are reliant on these benefits to cover your expenses and provide you with income, you'll likely be wondering how long you can continue to receive them and if there's a cutoff point at which benefits will no longer be provided to you and your family. 

How Long Can You Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?

The good news for people who rely on Social Security disability benefits is that you can continue to receive these benefits for as long as you remain eligible for them. In fact, you can continue to receive disability income from the Social Security administration throughout your lifetime until you eventually become eligible for Social Security retirement benefits. 

However, while you can continue to receive benefits, you will have to submit to periodic reviews of your case in order to determine if your condition has improved any. If you have gotten better and you no longer meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disabled, or if there are now jobs that you can do despite your disability, your benefits may stop. 

If you begin receiving income from work, this could also cause your benefits to end, and if you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and you no longer meet the criteria for these means-tested benefits because of an inheritance of property or an increase in total household income, your benefits may also stop. 

A Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer can help you to determine what could jeopardize your eligibility for benefits. Contact an attorney for help applying for benefits and maintaining the benefits you have. 

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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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Are Social Security Disability Benefits at Risk of Running Out of Funding?

​The Social Security Administration currently pays benefits out both for retirees and for people who are disabled. Money to pay these benefits is kept in a trust fund and the Social Security Administration publishes an annual trustees report summary detailing how long the trust fund is likely to last. 

Although the trust fund for retirement benefits is different from the trust fund for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration generally makes forecasts for the combined trust funds.  The Social Security Administration has revealed that the combined trust funds are projected to be depleted in 2034. 

This means if you need benefits from the Social Security Administration, you have a long way to go before those benefits will run out. A Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer can provide assistance in applying for the benefits you need. 

​What Happens if Social Security Disability Benefits Run Out?

​If the Social Security trust fund does in fact run out of money, money will still be collected from current workers paying Social Security taxes. This money can be used to pay out benefits, although it is not enough to continue to pay benefits at current levels so benefit cuts would have to occur. 

There are also various proposals to try to shore up the trust fund to ensure benefits will not have to be cut even in the future. For example, there has been a proposal to raise the cap on the amount of money on which Social Security taxes are collected and there have been various proposals to change how cost of living adjustments are calculated or to change retirement age. 

While it's unclear exactly what changes will be made, the key thing to know is you should still apply for benefits if you're disabled without worrying about the money running out any time soon and a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help.

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