California Social Security Disability Overview

Social Security Disability

If you are considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, or if you have received a denial on your disability benefits application, it is important to understand the Social Security Administration’s approval process. In addition to meeting the definition of “disabled” and fulfilling the earnings requirements that the Social Security Administration dictates, you must present a convincing and organized claim.  An experienced California Social Security Disability attorney from Roeschke Law, can help you navigate the complex Social Security Disability system.

What Qualifies as a Disability?

The Social Security Administration offers benefits for those individuals that are disabled and unable to work at the level of substantial gainful activity.  The SSA defines a disability as the inability to engage in substantial gainful activity due to a medically determinable impairment that has lasted or is expected to last a minimum of 12 months or result in death. If you are suffering from a physical or mental impairment that has left you unable to work, you may be entitled to benefits.

What Types of Benefits Are Available?

Through Social Security, there are two main types of benefits for the disabled. The first is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI).  SSDI is a benefit that is earned by paying into the system through income tax contributions.  It does not matter how much money you have paid into the system; only the duration of your payments is measured.  If you have paid in for a sufficient number of quarters annually, you are eligible for this benefit regardless of your financial situation. The government will also provide financial compensation if you, your spouse, or your child or children become disabled and unable to work. Even legal permanent residents who have paid in for the required length of time can receive SSDI.

The second type of disability benefit provided by the government is Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI). SSI is available to those with few financial resources who are disabled and therefore unable to work. This program is means-tested, so even those who have never worked may be eligible. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to qualify for SSI; even permanent legal residents can apply.

Why Do You Need A Disability Lawyer?

If you need assistance with filing a Social Security Disability application, or if your application for SSDI or SSI has been denied, you may have concerns about finding the medical care you need, as well as supporting yourself and your family. The disability lawyers at Roeschke Law can help you address those concerns by explaining all of your rights, guiding you through the appeals process, and fighting for the disability benefits you deserve.  When your physical, emotional, and financial welfare are on the line, our California Disability Attorneys will provide you with the aggressive legal representation you need and the personal service you deserve.  Hiring the right Social Security Disability lawyer is critical to the outcome of your case.  There are several reasons why Roeschke Law is the right choice for you.  Call our Disability Lawyers today!

Los Angeles Social Security Disability Law Firm

If you are sidelined from working due to a physical or psychological impairment, you should speak to a disability attorney right away.  Contact our Los Angeles disability attorneys at (310) 984-1318 for a consultation today. Roeschke Law handles Social Security Disability cases throughout the entire State of California.