As a young person and a new lawyer in New York in the 1990s, Omar planned to be the friendly neighborhood attorney with a storefront office located in the center of town - the type of small law office with a sign in the window that might even share space with an accountant or private detective.
He pictured himself as the jack-of-all-trades type who locals knew to consult for any of their legal problems, be it a will, a contract, a lease, or a lawsuit. It was not until after gaining experience as an attorney that he realized that he preferred practice in one area of the law rather than the assortment of the generalist. And that one area he chose to master, the specialty where he could focus all his efforts and gain the expert’s edge, is Disability Law.Read More
Social Security Disability is a benefit available for individuals who are unable to work and who have paid into the Social Security trust fund while they were employed.
When an employee contributes a portion of their salary to the Social Security trust fund their employer contributes an equal amount to allow the employee to become eligible for retirement benefits when they reach retirement age. However, these employees also become eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if their employment is cut short due to a disability prior to the attainment of their full retirement age.
Social Security Disability benefits are based on the amount each individual paid in Social Security taxes while employed. The taxes paid to Social Security are based on the amount earned. So, those individuals who earn more while employed typically get paid more in monthly benefits than those who earn less.
The SSI program provides benefits made payable to disabled adults and children who have limited or no source of income. These individuals usually don’t have a stable source of income and haven’t paid into the Social Security program over time. People who are over the age of 65 may also qualify for SSI benefits. In some cases, individuals may be able to receive both SSI and SSD benefits at the same time. Speaking to one of our SSI attorneys helps you get the answers you need.Learn More
The Social Security Administration does not require applicants to be represented. However, as in all complicated matters, it is best to have someone that is knowledgeable on the subject advocate on your behalf.
Many people are denied not because they are not disabled and don’t qualify for SSDI benefits, but because they don’t know how to prove their disability. We fight for you because you should not have to go through it alone. Individuals who are applying for disability benefits can’t afford to take any chances and need a strong SSDI lawyer on their team.Read More
Too many people think about applying and just can’t get through the process. Others start the process and are denied or encounter resistance from the agency and give up. We won’t let that happen to our clients. Our Orange and Oakland, California clients are our top priority.
Furthermore, the ability to afford a representative should not prevent any claimant from obtaining assistance. Our fee structure is simple. We don’t charge a fee unless you win your claim.
Both programs require you to prove you are unable to work due to a medical disability. However, not everyone who is unable to work will be eligible for either of the two benefits. In addition to proving your inability to work, you must also prove other eligibility requirements. For SSD benefits, your SSDI attorney must have worked for a sufficient time period in order to be eligible. Your condition also must have become disabling within a set period of time after you stopped working.
Eligibility for SSI benefits requires an individual have very little or no income and very little assets. Your spouse’s income or assets will also be counted for eligibility purposes.
Your entitlement amount for Social Security benefits varies based on several different factors. For SSD benefits, it is based on the amount of Social Security disability taxes you have paid while you or the wage earner were employed. For Supplemental Security Income benefits, your entitlement varies based on your household income and assets.
There are no set deadlines for the Social Security Administration to make a decision. Those that are fortunate to have their cases approved at the initial application phase will obtain a decision in as little as 5-6 months. However, applicants who are not fortunate enough to have their initial claims granted often find that their cases take over a year or more to obtain a final decision in their claims.
It is not required that you obtain an advocate. Many people who apply for Social Security disability benefits are denied initially. An advocate does not guarantee success. However, it does allow a claimant who may not be familiar with Social Security’s regulations and procedures to have someone with years of experience advocating on their behalf. People who are disabled and are unable to work cannot afford to take chances with their claims.
The earlier you obtain an advocate the better. You do not have to wait until the hearing to obtain an advocate.
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