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Social Security Disability Attorney In Los Angeles


This is NOT legal advice. This blog provides general information about Social Security Disability cases. To discuss your particular

circumstances and claim, please contact a lawyer in your area. Please feel free to contact Disability Advocates Group at (800) 935-3170

or online if you have any questions regarding your Social Security Disability claim.


Do I Have to Follow a Doctor’s Treatment Recommendations To Get Disability Benefits?

If you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you will need to meet certain requirements. The requirements relate to the types of condition you must have, and the symptoms you must exhibit. You'll need to provide detailed medical records to the Social Security Administration proving the extent of your disabling condition. 

The SSA will not only consider what your condition is, but also how you have treated your condition since it was developed. The SSA will look at your medical records to see if you have made attempts to improve your condition so you can restore your health well enough to continue to work in your most recent job or in another job for which you are qualified.  

In some cases, however, your medical records may reveal that you could have underwent treatment and you declined it.  If you have refused treatment, you could be denied eligibility for Social Security Disability Income, provided that the treatment is a medically recognized and accepted treatment within the area of medicine affecting your disability. 

If your benefits claim has been approved and you are currently receiving Social Security Disability benefits, you will also need to undergo recommended treatments that medical doctors believe could improve your health. If you could have a surgery to resolve your injuries, for example, you would need to undergo that surgery as long as it was a reasonable medical procedure that was the accepted standard for treatment and didn't carry undo risk. 

If you refuse to have a medically accepted treatment without justification, you could be at risk of having the Social Security Administration end your benefits. Before you make a decision on treatment that has been recommended to you by a doctor, it is important to talk with a Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits lawyer to find out if your refusal could put your disability income at risk.

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How to Find a Good Doctor To Help If You Become Disabled

If you become disabled by an illness or by an injury, it is important to find a qualified medical professional who can provide appropriate treatment to you. You will need to ensure that you have a doctor who is skilled not only in providing medical care, but also who can help you to ensure you will be able to qualify for Social Security Disability income when you need it.  

To find a doctor who has the skills and qualifications you need, you should look for:

  • A doctor who is licensed to practice medicine in your state and who doesn't have a history of malpractice complaints: You'll need a licensed doctor who is in good standing with the state medical board and who has not been accused multiple times in the past of providing improper care.
  • A specialist in the field. It is important to make sure your doctor is a specialist in the type of medicine related to your disability. If you have a heart condition, for example, you want to ensure that your doctor is a cardiologist. It's important to find a doctor who is a specialist as the Social Security Administration will require medical information and that information will carry more weight in getting your benefits claim approved if it comes from a specialist who treats you regularly. 
  • A doctor familiar with the Social Security Disability claims process: It is ideal if your doctor understands what is involved in helping patients to get benefits, as you may need help from your doctor not only with providing medical records but also in case you need to appeal a benefits denial. 

A Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits lawyer can help you to understand what types of medical information you need to maximize the chances of your benefits claim being approved. Get help from a lawyer as soon as possible, as many claims are denied and you'll want to submit the strongest possible application. 

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How To Make Sure Social Media Doesn’t Hurt Your Disability Benefits Claim

A Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney provides help in applying for benefits from the Social Security Administration if you are too disabled to work. Two programs -- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) -- provide monthly disability income for qualifying workers with serious long-term medical conditions expected to last a year or be terminal. 

There are many strict qualification requirements for obtaining SSDI or SSI benefits, including meeting a specific definition of disabled. The SSA considers a number of factors, including evidence provided by your treating physician. The Social Security Administration might also look at your social media profiles to try to get clues into whether you're actually disabled or not. To make sure your social media doesn't hurt your benefits claim:

  • Don't post anything that could indicate your disability isn't serious: There have been many cases where people lost their Disability benefits because it was determined that posts on social media showed they weren't hurt at all. For example, a worker might lose access to benefits -- and even face fraud charges-- if he claims to have a severe back injury but posts pictures of himself lifting heavy boxes to help a friend move. 
  • Don't let your friends or loved ones tag you in pictures: While you may be careful what you do with your digital content, your friends may not be. You don't want to be caught in an inopportune moment where you look healthier than you are and end up losing benefits because the photo of you at this moment is tagged on social media and catches the eye of disability claims examiners. 

Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyers can help you to understand how Social Media could impact your disability benefits claim and can assist you in taking appropriate steps to get benefits. Call today to find out more. 

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Is it Hard for Young People to Qualify for Disability Benefits?

Becoming disabled due to an illness or injury when you are young can be devastating, especially if your condition prevents you from being able to work. It's important to take action to ensure you have income and access to benefits that you need. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help you to identify what benefits you are eligible for and can assist you in applying for benefits.

Young people can face more challenges than older people in getting benefits for a few key reasons:

  • Young people may not have earned enough work credits. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is one of two disability benefits programs run by the Social Security Administration. To become eligible for SSDI, a worker must have worked, paid taxes and earned work credits. Young people who become disabled without earning these work credits could be unable to get SSDI unless they can qualify on a spouse or parent's work record. This means they could be limited to getting SSI benefits, which typically provide a lower monthly income than SSDI benefits. 
  • Young people may have more ability to work when disabled: When applying for Social Security disability benefits, one key factor is whether you are able to do any job you're qualified for. If you can work at any position, you likely won't get approved for benefits. While older workers nearing retirement who have been in the same job for a long time may be viewed as having few transferable skills and being unable to do a job they can do with their condition, it is more likely that young people would be seen as being capable of finding some kind of job they can do while disabled.

A Los Angles Social Security benefits lawyer can help you to determine if you should be eligible for benefits based on your condition -- regardless of your age. An attorney can also help with the process of applying for benefits to maximize the chances of a successful application. Contact an attorney as soon as you become disabled. 

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What if I Get Disabled Shortly After I Start My Career?

Becoming disabled can affect your ability to perform work and earn a living. Unfortunately, thousands of people get sick or hurt each year and end up being unable to work. In some tragic cases, those who become disabled are young workers who are just starting out in their careers.

If you are a new worker and you become disabled shortly after starting your career, it's important to talk to a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer. Your attorney can explain to you what your options are for getting benefits through the Social Security Administration or through workers' compensation. 

What if You Become Disabled When You're Newly Working?

If you become disabled when you are newly working:

  • You may be eligible for workers' compensation disability income. Disability benefits through workers' comp are available even if you get hurt your first day on the job, as long as you are a covered employee who suffers a work-related injury. However, workers' comp only pays if your injury is work-related. 
  • You may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance. SSDI can provide disability income until you recover and can return to work or until you retire and become eligible for Social Security retirement benefits. You must have a serious, qualifying long-term disability to get SSDI benefits. You also must have earned a sufficient number of work credits to qualify, which can be a problem for new workers. The number of work credits you must have earned will vary based on your age when you're disabled, so don't assume you won't be eligible just because you're young when you become disabled. You could also potentially get benefits based on a spouse's or parent's work record. 
  • You may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income: Qualifying can be difficult and the definition of disabled is narrow, just like with Social Security Disability Insurance. However, you don't need to have earned work credits to get benefits, which can be helpful if your career is too new for you to have earned sufficient credits at the time of your disability. This program is means tested, and you'll need to ensure you have limited assets and income to qualify. 

A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney will help you to explore options for getting benefits. Contact a lawyer as soon a possible if you become disabled at the start of your career. 

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Which Pays More: SSI or SSDI?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program for lower income disabled people to get monthly income if they have a condition that prevents them from being able to work. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is also a program that provides income to people who have a long-term disability that stops them from being able to work and earn a living. 

A Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney provides help in qualifying for SSI or SSDI, depending upon your specific situation. An attorney can work with you to determine which program you can qualify for and which will provide you with the larger income.  In most cases, SSDI provides a larger amount of money to eligible disabled workers. 

  • The maximum SSI payment as of 2017 is $735 per month, according to the Social Security Administration. SSI payments are a flat rate and aren't specifically based on your past earning records, although your benefits could be reduced or eliminated if you work and earn income while on SSI. 
  • SSDI benefits are typically higher than SSI benefits because the amount you can receive from SSDI is based on work credits earned and past income earned. The maximum Social Security benefit is much higher for SSDI recipients than SSI recipients, and while most people don't earn the maximum benefit, average payments for disabled workers receiving SSDI total more than $1,000 monthly. 

Because SSDI generally provides a larger monthly income for disabled workers than SSI does, it is usually best if you can get your benefits through SSDI -- as long as you are able to qualify. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to determine if you could be eligible for SSDI based on your own earnings record or based on a spouse or parent's work history. If you are eligible, we can help you to apply and maximize the chances of getting benefits. 

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Key Differences Between SSI and SSDI

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are both available to people who have a long-term disabling condition that impairs their ability to work.  However, while both programs are similar in their definition of disabled, and while both programs can be difficult to qualify for, there are important differences. The key differences are:

  • SSDI has a work requirement: You must have earned work credits -- with the required number based on your age -- to get SSDI benefits when you're disabled.  There in not a work history requirement for SSI, and those who are disabled can still get SSI benefits despite having no history of working at all. 
  • SSI is means tested: If you have too much income or too many assets, you aren't eligible for SSI. SSDI is not means-tested so you can still qualify for disability benefits even if you have a high household income as long as you meet the criteria for being considered disabled. 
  • SSDI payments are based on your earnings record: SSDI payment amounts are determined based on how much money you have paid in taxes into the system. SSI payments are not based on your past earnings record. 
  • SSDI can make it easier to try returning to work: SSDI has a Ticket to Work program which makes it easier for you to try your hand at returning to the workforce when you have become disabled. For SSI recipients, on the other hand, you have less leeway regarding when and how you can earn income while still having access to your monthly SSDI benefits. 

Los Angeles Social Security disability attorneys can assist you in determining if you should apply for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance. We can also help you with the application process for each program. Contact us today to find out about the help we can provide. 

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How Should You Determine if You Should Try to Work with a Disability?

If you have a disability, the disabling condition can affect your ability to work. Social Security Disability can provide you with income if your disability is a covered long-term condition. However, SSD is difficult to qualify for and it takes a long time to get benefits. Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyers will help you to try to make your benefits claim and gain access to SSD income when you need it. 

Whether you have not yet begun receiving SSD benefits or you are already a benefits recipient, there may come a time when you want to try to work even with your disability. To help you decide if attempting to work is something you should do, consider:

  • The impact of working on your disability benefits: Supplemental Security Income benefits can be reduced quickly once you begin working. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has a trial work program that makes it easier to attempt to work without jeopardizing access to Social Security disability income. You need to know what the rules are for the benefits you're receiving and make sure you don't jeopardize access to money you need.
  • The likelihood of finding and maintaining work: There is a much higher unemployment rate among disabled people than the general population. Although employers are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of disability, it can still be hard for disabled workers to get a chance at finding meaningful work. Your disability could also affect your ability to reliably complete your job, which could make it harder to keep your position. 

Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorneys can assist you in understanding the rules for working on benefits and can help you to ensure you don't jeopardize your disability income. Give us a call for help. 

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What Can Disabled Workers Do to Maximize the Chances of Finding Work?

If you are disabled, you may receive Social Security Disability income if your condition is a long-term one. Social Security Disability income is an important lifeline for disabled people who cannot work at all because of their medical conditions.

For some recipients of Social Security Disability benefits, returning to work is desirable, both because disability benefits may not provide a very high income and because disabled individuals often want to do something productive with their time. Unfortunately, unemployment rates are very high among disabled workers, and finding a job can be a challenge.  To maximize your chances of finding work:

  • Polish up your resume: Make sure your resume clearly shows your skills and abilities that are relevant to the job that you are hoping to undertake. Make sure it is free of typos and portrays you as the most attractive possible candidate.
  • Consider doing volunteer work: If you've been out of the workforce for a while because of your disability, employers may be concerned that you won't have the stamina to work. Consider doing relevant volunteer work to showcase recent experience and to get a reference who can attest to your abilities. Your volunteer position could potentially lead to you getting hired. 
  • Tap into your professional network: Past coworkers, friends and family may all be able to help you find a job you can do with your disability.

It's important to understand how working can affect your disability benefits. Social Security Disability Insurance has a Ticket to Work program designed to encourage you to attempt to return to the workforce, but you should make sure to talk with a Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer before you attempt to get a job or return to the workforce so you don't take a chance on losing the benefits you need. 

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Protecting Your Finances After a Serious Illness or Injury

A serious illness or injury could leave you with costly medical bills. If you become disabled due to the illness or injury, you may be unable to work or your earning power could be reduced. It's imperative you find ways to protect your financial situation so your medical emergency doesn't lead to financial problems that will haunt you over the long-term.

To protect yourself financially after a serious illness or injury:

  • Find out about your benefits as soon as possible: You could be eligible for short-term disability insurance coverage if you have a privately purchased policy or a policy bought through your work. You could also be eligible for workers' compensation disability benefits if your injury or illness is work related, or could be eligible for Social Security Disability if you have a long-term disabling condition. You need to understand what your benefits options are so you can get income coming in as quickly as possible if you cannot work. 
  • Get care from a covered doctor: If you have health insurance coverage, make sure you are getting covered in-network care to keep your expenditures down. Find out from your doctor and insurer what is covered before you get treatment. If you don't have comprehensive insurance, you may become eligible for Medicaid along with qualifying for Supplemental Security Income or, after a waiting period, could get Medicare if you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. 
  • Talk with a lawyer for help: You often need legal representation to get Social Security Disability benefits or workers' compensation benefits, even when you should be entitled to these benefits by law. 

A Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits lawyer will help you to take swift action after you get sick or hurt so you can qualify for benefits as soon as possible and protect your finances. Contact an attorney right away when your health affects your work abilities so you don't experience a longer delay than necessary in getting benefits to cover you. 

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How to Prepare In Case You Become Disabled

Disability can happen to anyone and it can happen at any age. One in four 20-year-olds today will develop a disability before the end of their work life, and a disability can affect not just your physical health but also your financial security. 

It's imperative to make a plan for what will happen if you experience a disabling injury. Some of the steps you should take include:

  • Having an emergency fund: If you suffer a disabling injury or illness, you may be unable to work for several months. Your condition could also prevent you from working permanently. Social Security Disability provides monthly income for people with qualifying disabilities that last for a year or longer, but there is a long wait to get benefits. An emergency fund ensures you have income during the time when you cannot work due to a short-term disability or when you are waiting for benefits from Social Security Disability to kick in. 
  • Purchasing disability insurance: Social Security Disability only provides income if your condition is long-term. If you have a short-term disability, you may not have any outside sources of funds coming in. It's a good idea to buy a short-term disability insurance policy while you are healthy to provide for you when a medical condition stops you from working. 
  • Understanding your rights: If you become disabled, it's important you understand the benefits you could be eligible for through the Social Security Administration or through workers' compensation if your disability was work-related. 

A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help you to take action if disability happens to you. An attorney can work with you to identify what types of Social Security disability benefits or other benefits you may be entitled to, and can help you to make a benefits claim. 

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Your Legal Rights as a Disabled Worker

If you are disabled, you have certain legal rights. You need to understand what your rights are so you can maximize your chances of being able to work or, if you are too sick or hurt to work, so you can obtain benefits to provide income to your household. A Los Angeles disability attorney can help you to understand how the law protects disabled workers and can assist you in making a claim for benefits through the Social Security Administration. 

Three of the key things you need to know about your rights when you are disabled include the following:

  • Employers are not allowed to discriminate against you based on the terms and conditions of employment. If you want to attempt to get a job despite your disabling condition, employers must evaluate you on your merits. Employers cannot treat you differently in any terms of employment and cannot make decisions on hiring and firing you that take your disability into account. 
  • Employers must make reasonable accommodations to make it possible for you to work in a job for which you are otherwise qualified. If you are otherwise qualified for a job, employers are required to make a reasonable accommodation to make it possible for you to work. For example, if you could be hired as a cashier but your disabling injury prevents you from standing for long periods of time, employers may be required to allow you to sit down while working the register. 
  • You may be able to attempt working without jeopardizing access to SSDI benefits: If you are receiving SSDI benefits, there is a Ticket to Work Program that makes it possible for you to attempt working for many months without losing benefits. You can also quickly reapply for benefits through an expedited reinstatement period if your benefits stop because you are working but your condition makes continued work impossible.

Los Angeles disability attorneys can help you to understand the SSDI Ticket to Work program and can assist you in making your attempt to go back to work without putting your important disability income at risk. Contact an attorney today to find out more about how we can help you. 

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How to Live on Social Security Disability Benefits

A Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney provides assistance to individuals who are disabled and whose conditions affect their ability to earn a living. Attorneys can help you to obtain monthly income from the Social Security Administration through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program or through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.

SSDI benefits are based on a percentage of wages you earned while working, while SSI benefits are paid at a flat rate. Regardless of the type of benefits you are obtaining, your benefits will likely be lower -- and sometimes much lower -- than the income you were earning while working. As a result, it is important to make a plan to live comfortably on your income. Some steps you may wish to take include:

  • Making a budget: When you know the amount of benefits you will be receiving, make a budget to live on that ensures you are not spending above your means. You may need to look for ways to cut costs, like using coupons when shopping. 
  • Looking for other benefits programs you may be eligible for: You may be eligible to receive Medicaid benefits when you become eligible for SSI. After a waiting period, SSDI recipients also become eligible for Medicare. Find out what types of benefits you can claim to help you afford costs. 
  • Ensuring you comply fully with SSI or SSDI program requirements: It's imperative you don't experience a decline in income or an end of benefits when you count on SSI or SSDI to provide your family with income. Know the rules for working while receiving benefits and for continued disability review requirements to avoid having your income affected. 

There can be a long wait to get SSDI or SSI income coming into your home when you are disabled, so if you need to apply for benefits, you should act quickly. Contact a Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorney for assistance in making your benefits claim so you can get income for yourself and family as soon as possible. 

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3 Key Differences Between Workers’ Comp Disability and Social Security Disability

Workers' compensation and Social Security Disability are both programs that can provide income to you if a disability prevents you from working. However, the programs operate differently and are for different purposes. Three key differences between Social Security Disability and workers' compensation include the following:

  • Workers' compensation disability covers you only if you got hurt or sick because of work. You are eligible for workers' compensation disability benefits only if you are not able to work due to an illness or injury related to work duties. Social Security disability, on the other hand, will cover you for any qualifying illness or disabling injury that prevents you from working, regardless of how it happened. 
  • Social Security Disability covers you only for long-term conditions, not short-term conditions.  Social Security Disability benefits are not available to you unless your condition has lasted or will last a year or longer, or unless your condition is terminal. Workers' comp benefits cover you even if you have a short-term injury that keeps you out of work only for a few weeks or for a limited number of months. 
  • Workers' comp benefits pay for reduced earning power, even if you can still work. You cannot obtain Social Security Disability benefits unless you are too disabled to earn substantial gainful income. Workers' compensation benefits, on the other hand, are available for a reduction in earning power even if you can still do some of your job. 

If you become disabled, regardless of whether a work injury caused your condition, you deserve to take advantage of the benefits available to you by law. Contact a Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney today to get help making a claim for benefits. 

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Key Steps to Take if You Become Too Disabled to Work

If you become too disabled to work, there are steps you need to take to ensure you can qualify for benefits and have income coming into your home. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney will assist you in taking key steps after you have become disabled including:

  • Finding a medical specialist: You will need to see a medical doctor who specializes in the condition causing your disability. If you have a heart problem, for example, you should get care from a cardiologist. Not only will this allow you the best possible care, but you also need a specialist in a related field to help you prove to the Social Security Administration that you are disabled enough to obtain benefits. 
  • Create a budget: While you're disabled, it can be difficult to afford basic necessities of life. Social Security Disability should pay for you, but the process of applying can be long and many applicants are initially denied and must get help from disability attorneys to obtain benefits. SSD also doesn't always replace 100% of income you' were earning before the accident, even if you are approved. 
  • Talk with a disability benefits lawyer: An attorney can help you to determine if you should make a disability benefits claim through the Social Security Administration and/or through workers' compensation. Your attorney will also help you to understand the kind of benefits you're eligible for. 
  • Apply for Social Security Disability: There are strict requirements to apply for benefits. An attorney can guide you through the process. 

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can guide you through the process of applying for Social Security Disability after you have become too disabled to earn a living. Contact an attorney to begin your application for benefits as soon as possible so you can replace some of the income you can no longer earn when your disability has forced you temporarily or permanently outside of the workforce. 

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3 Reasons to Apply for Social Security Disability as Soon as Possible

As soon as you become disabled, it is imperative to talk with a Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer. An experienced attorney can help you to move forward with getting benefits. There are many reasons why you should act quickly to try to make your benefit claim with Social Security including the following three key reasons:

  1. It takes a long time for an application for benefits to get approved: It can take more than a year to get benefits from the Social Security Administration if you have to go through an appeals process because your initial claim is denied. It makes sense to act as soon as possible to get the ball rolling.
  2. You may have no income coming in as you wait for benefits: To qualify for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance, you need to have a disabling condition stopping you from working. If you can work and are engaged in substantial gainful activity, you won't get benefits. Since the rules are strict, you likely will get benefits only if you're really not able to work when you apply. Of course, if you are not able to work, you are likely waiting anxiously for your disability benefits to provide income to your household.
  3. Benefits may be paid retroactively to the date of application: If you apply for Supplemental Security Income benefits, you can be eligible to have your benefits paid retroactive to the day when you first applied for benefits. This makes your application date very important, as you want to get benefits as soon as you are able.

Los Angeles disability benefits lawyers will help you to move your application forward in a timely manner. Give us a call today to find out about how we can help.

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Are Disability Benefits Available for the Self-Employed?

If you are self-employed and you suffer a disabling injury or get badly sick, you may be unable to continue to work. If your illness or injury is a long-term condition that will be stop you from working for more than a year or if it is a serious condition that will result in your death, you could potentially be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD). 

A Los Angles disability lawyer can help you to understand what the rules are for self-employed people who become disabled and want to obtain SSD benefits. Your attorney will also assist you with the process of applying for benefits so you can maximize the chances that your claim will be successful and you will get the income you need. 

When Can You Get Disability Benefits When You Are Self-Employed?


There are two different programs that provide disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Supplemental Security Income is means-tested, and you can get benefits through SSI if you have limited income, few assets, cannot work due to your disability, and meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disabled.  The other program, Social Security Disability Insurance, isn't means tested and you can get benefits through it if you meet the definition of disabled, cannot work, and have earned sufficient work credits by paying into the system.

If you are self-employed, you have to pay taxes to the Social Security Administration which support the SSD system. This means you will earn work credits that should make you eligible for benefits. The specific number of credits you need varies based on age, so talk with a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer as soon as you become disabled to find out if you can qualify for SSD due to what you paid in as a self-employed worker. 

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Can You Get Disability Benefits After Getting Hurt in a Fall?

If you suffer an injury in a fall, you may become unable to work due to impairments caused by that injury. If you cannot work, you could potentially be eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits through either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). 

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to determine if your fall-related injuries will make you eligible for benefits or not. You should call an attorney as soon as you can following your fall to find out whether SSD benefits could be an option and to get help applying for benefits.

When Can You Get Disability Benefits After Getting Hurt in a Fall?

Social Security Disability benefits are available only in situations where you have some type of disabling injuries (or illness) that will last for no less than one year (or that will be fatal).  This means if you suffer injuries in your fall but will recover from them before a year, you won't be eligible for benefits.

Your injuries also have to stop you from working and be severe enough that you cannot do any job for which you would be qualified.  The Social Security Administration has a list of conditions, along with required accompanying symptoms, that are usually considered to cause sufficient impairment that benefits should be approved. If your fall-injuries aren't on the SSA's list, you have to prove medical equivalency by showing the injuries are just as severe and impairing. 

If you can prove all of this, you should be able to get SSD benefits after a fall, regardless of how the fall happened or who was at fault for it. Contact a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney to find out how you can make a claim for benefits and to get help submitting your application to the SSA. 

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Three Facts to Know About the Social Security Disability Blue Book

When you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you'll likely hear the phase "Blue Book." The Blue Book is a tool that the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses when determining whether or not to approve a claim for benefits.

You need to know what the Blue Book is and how it impacts your ability to get SSD income when you are disabled. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer can provide you with assistance in understanding how the Blue Book works and in complying with all of the technical requirements of applying for benefits so you can do everything possible to get your claim approved. 

Three Facts to Know About the Social Security Blue Book


There is a lot to know about the Blue Book, but three key facts include the following:

  • The Blue Book is also called the "Listing of Impairments." It's a list of conditions that usually- but not always- can make you eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. 
  • The Blue Book contains a list of symptoms. For the conditions that are listed within the Blue Book, there are usually specific symptoms that must accompany that particular ailment in order for it to make you eligible for benefits.
  • You can get benefits for a condition not listed in the Blue Book. It is more challenging to do so in most cases, because you must prove your condition is medically equivalent in severity and impairment. 

To find out more about how the Blue Book could affect your ability to get benefits, and for help proving you should be eligible for disability from the Social Security Administration, contact a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer today. 

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Your Past Work Experience Matters When applying for Disability Benefits

When you apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will carefully review your medical records in order to determine how severely impairing your illness or injury is. The SSA is also going to be interested in your work history. You need to understand what the SSA looks for when they review your past work. A Los Angeles disability lawyer can assist you with explaining your past work and can help with all steps in the disability benefits application process. 

Why Does Past Work Experience Matter When Applying for Disability Benefits?

Work experience is important when you apply for SSD benefits because the Social Security Administration wants to restrict access to benefits only to people who aren't able to work at all. If you can work at any position you have done in the past, or can work at any job which your transferrable skills make you qualify for, then the SSA does not want to give you benefits. Instead, they want you to find a job that you're qualified for despite your disability.

If you have a long and extensive work history with lots of transferrable skills, it is more likely that the SSA is going to find you should be able to do some type of work even with your medical condition. If, on the other hand, you've only had one job or a limited type of job and have few transferrable skills, the SSA should approve your benefits claim if your impairments prevent you from being able to do that job you could do before.

A Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer will help you to describe your work in an appropriate, specific way so you can try to maximize the chances the SSA will approve your benefits claim. Call today to find out how we can help. 

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