The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the government agency responsible for overseeing all aspects of public disability claims. This includes eligibility criteria when seeking disability benefits, medical records to demonstrate a person has a disabling condition or any other detail. If you are considering applying for disability benefits, experienced disability lawyers in Los Angeles can help with the process. 

Our experienced and dedicated lawyers at Khattar Law, PC have decades of experience helping our clients successfully navigate the often complex and often overwhelming process of applying for disability benefits through the SSA.

SSDI and SSI Benefits in Los Angeles

Americans who cannot work due to a disability may be eligible for two types of public disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Though these programs share some similarities, there are some key differences between them. 

  1. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): SSDI is a federal program that provides benefits to those who have worked and paid Social Security in the past but cannot work due to a disability. To be eligible for SSDI, applicants must show that they have a qualifying disability and have earned a certain number of work credits based on the age when they became disabled. The number of work credits required for eligibility can vary, but in 2023, a person can earn up to four credits per year, with each credit being earned for every $1,580. The amount of SSDI benefits a person is allowed to receive is based on their past earnings and is calculated using a complex formula that takes into account the individual’s average lifetime earnings.
  2. Supplemental Security Income (SSI): SSI is a federal program that provides financial assistance to individuals who are at least 62 years old, have a qualifying disability, and have limited income and resources. Unlike SSDI, work history is not an eligibility factor for SSI benefits. The amount of SSI benefits a person can receive is based on their income and resources. Additionally, the SSI benefit amount is adjusted annually for inflation. 

You can apply for SSDI or SSI benefits by contacting the Social Security Administration (SSA). This can be done either online, by phone, or by visiting a local SSA office. It’s important to note that the application process can be complex and often requires medical documentation to support your disability claim. To ensure your application is accurate, you may want to consider hiring a disability lawyer to assist with the process.

Disability Lawyer in Los Angeles

How a Lawyer Can Help You File for Disability In Los Angeles 

Having a professional with experience helping disabled individuals obtain appropriate disability benefits can make the process much smoother. Los Angeles Disability Lawyers can provide comprehensive information about SSDI and SSI before applying. 

Here are a few reasons why their services may be necessary.

They know what medical evidence is needed in this process

Showing the appropriate medical documents to show that your condition is causing disability can play an important role in a successful claim. An attorney can help you gather the necessary documents, such as medical reports, accident reports, and more. It is often important to ensure you provide the SSA with ample documentation of your condition and how it impacts you. Insufficient evidence showing you have a disability is among the common reasons why the SSA rejects disability applications. 

They can communicate with medical professionals related to the case

Along with the challenges people with a disability face, they or their families may have trouble ensuring all important medical evidence is collected or even what they should submit in their application. It’s also not uncommon for healthcare providers to inadvertently overlook filling out critical information on forms. They may not have a deep knowledge of social security disability law and what their patients require when they are seeking disability benefits. 

Lawyers can ensure that you are well-prepared for the hearing

In some cases, you may be asked to appear before an administrative law judge (ALJ) to answer questions. A lawyer can help you prepare for these types of hearings and prepare for the type of questions an ALJ may ask you. Some of these questions may include details about your symptoms, work history, and treatments.

Qualifying Diseases for Disability Benefits in Los Angeles

Disability benefits are available for many different types of diseases and conditions. The SSA provides a comprehensive list of disabling conditions and criteria to receive benefits. Some examples of these conditions include: 

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Musculoskeletal disorders 
  • Neurological conditions 
  • Autoimmune disorders, such as multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic anemia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Dementia

Need Legal Help! Contact Disability Law Firm in Los Angeles

With over 30 years of experience, Jason Khattar has a proven track record of successfully advocating for his clients to receive disability benefits. 

At Khattar Law, PC., our skilled and dedicated attorneys can provide you with comprehensive information about the application process and help guide you through the complexities of the system. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.