About Social Security Disability
We Represent Claimants in SSDI Appeals
The Social Security Administration (SSA) wants to be sure that every decision made about your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim is correct. The SSA carefully considers all the information in your case before it makes any decisions that affect your eligibility or your benefit amount. When the SSA makes a decision on your claim, it will send you a letter explaining the decision. If you do not agree with the decision, you can appeal — that is, ask the SSA to look at your case again. When you ask for an appeal, the SSA will look at the entire decision, even those parts that were in your favor. We have been successful in obtaining benefits for thousands of clients in SSDI appeals.
We Represent Claimants in SSI Appeals
SSI, or Supplemental Security Income, is a federal program that provides monthly cash payments to people in need. SSI is for people who are 65 or older, as well as for blind or disabled people of any age, including children. To qualify you also must have little or no income and few resources. This means that the value of the things you own must be less than $2,000 if you are single or less than $3,000 if you are married. The value of your home does not count. Usually, the value of your car does not count. And the value of certain other resources, such as a burial plot, may not count either. To get SSI, you also must apply for any other cash benefits you may be able to get. You must live in the United States or the Northern Mariana Islands to get SSI. If you are not a U.S. citizen, but you are a resident, you still may be able to get SSI. For more information, ask for a copy of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) For Noncitizens (Publication No. 05-11051). The state of California adds money to the federal payment. The single payment you get in the beginning of each month includes both the federal SSI payment and your supplement from California.
About Social Security Disability
If you have worked and paid Social Security taxes for five out of the last 10 years, and are now totally disabled due to illness or injury, you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits. First, you must be able to prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you cannot perform your former job or any other type of work now that you are disabled. Your condition must also be one that will last, or is expected to last, 12 months or longer. Please call our office if you have any questions about your eligibility.
Some of the disabling conditions that can make someone eligible for Social Security Disability benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Back Problems
- Carpal tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Other Immune System Disorders
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Lung Disease
- Psychiatric Problems
Social Security Administration
The SSA uses a formula based on your average lifetime earnings and the total number of years you have worked to calculate the SSD benefit amount. If you have a family, you could receive additional benefits, up to 50 percent of your own monthly benefit amount.
Lecturers on Disability
The attorneys and representatives at the LaPorte Law Firm have served as lecturers on disability law for the Continuing Education Program of the California Bar Association. They have provided Social Security Disability law training for many legal services, community and support organizations.