The attorneys at JML Law, A Professional Law Corporation, are committed to helping individuals who have work-related injuries and can no longer work. We know this is a difficult time in your life. How will you pay your bills? How will you take care of your family? These are serious questions that deserve answers, and quickly.
Do you need to apply for Social Security Disability benefits? We can help. Call us at 818-610-8800 to get started. There is no cost involved to have us help with your application. We charge no fees when filing your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
We will answer those questions and guide you through the process of applying for benefits. The application process can be complicated. Certain documentation is required and the application must be filled out correctly to keep the process moving along. We have experience helping individuals and families throughout Los Angeles County and Orange County submit SSDI applications.
Assisting With SSDI & Workers’ Compensation Issues
Individuals injured at work are able to file for workers’ compensation benefits. In addition to these benefits, many people have disability policies through their employers to assist with applying for SSDI benefits when they cannot continue working. You have the right to hire your own lawyer when filing for benefits instead of using a company-appointed attorney. We will work for your best interests — not your employer’s.
Our attorneys are experienced in both workers’ comp and SSDI claims. We understand the complex nature of both of these issues and how the application process can affect your future. Let us guide you through your claim so you can trust that everything was handled correctly from the start.
What Types Of Conditions Keep A Person From Working?
Social Security Disability Insurance, regularly referred to as SSD or SSDI, will provide monthly benefits to a person based on how much they paid into the system through their payroll taxes. In order to be eligible, a person needs to demonstrate that they have been disabled for 12 months or that they expect to be disabled for that period of time.
There are various types of injuries and mental disability claims that the attorneys at JML Law help clients obtain Social Security disability benefits for. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Orthopedic injuries such as broken or dislocated bones
Traumatic brain injuries
Complications from diabetes
Arthritis and inflammatory diseases
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Anxiety disorder and panic attacks
Depression or manic depressive disorder (bipolar)
Why Would A Social Security Disability Claim Be Denied?
Evidence indicates that only around 30% of all Social Security Disability applications are approved after the first submission. This means that around 70% of applicants are faced with a denial letter from the Social Security Administration. However, this is not the end of the road when it comes to receiving benefits. There are various reasons why the Social Security Administration may deny an initial application, including the following:
Lack of medical evidence: When a person applies for Social Security Disability, they need to be able to prove they are unable to work due to their disabling condition. This will require significant medical evidence to support the claim, including medical records from various health care professionals.
Previous denials: If you have been denied disability benefits by the SSA, you should not restart a new application. Applicants are required to go through the official appeals process, or their claim will likely be denied again.
Income limitations: The SSA only approves disability benefits for those who are unable to work due to their disabilities. Earning an income is generally going to be a disqualifying factor for benefits.
Failing to follow treatment protocols: The person applying for disability benefits from the SSA needs to follow proper medical treatment plans prescribed by their doctor. A failure to do so, or a failure to go to scheduled doctor visits, could result in a denial or loss of benefits.
Failing to cooperate with the SSA: Those seeking disability benefits from the SSA need to respond to requests for documentation from the Administration and go to all SSA-scheduled medical exams, or they will likely be denied benefits.
Disability Hearings In Los Angeles
The Social Security Administration does offer disability benefits to those who cannot work due to a medical condition. Even though most initial claims are denied, there are certainly ways to appeal these denials. Unfortunately, the appeals process is lengthy and complicated and may involve attending a disability hearing. The best way to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the disability benefits hearing process is to have a skilled Social Security Disability Insurance attorney in Los Angeles by your side.
As we mentioned above, there are many reasons why the Social Security Administration may deny a claim initially. After the claim is initially denied, the SSA will send a notice to the individual stating the reason for the denial and informing the applicant of their right to an appeal.
The first step in this process is to file a Request for Reconsideration within 60 days of receiving the denial letter. For a reconsideration claim, a consultant with the SSA and a disability examiner not involved with the initial claim or review the reconsideration. However, unless there is a new diagnosis or the medical condition has worsened, the reconsideration claim is not likely to be approved. In the event a reconsideration claim is denied, the next step in the process will be a disability hearing.
Disability hearings for SSDI are relatively informal and held in conference rooms at SSA field offices. The hearing will be overseen by an administrative law judge. This individual is not a court judge. Rather, this is an SSA attorney authorized to make decisions regarding the claim.
Disability hearings are not open to the public. The individual whose benefits were denied, their attorney, the administrative law judge, and any witnesses can be present. The administrative law judge will open the hearing by identifying those in attendance and stating the facts about the claim. The judge will then ask questions about your condition, work history, treatment, and limitations caused by your disability.
After your testimony has been offered, your attorney will be able to address the administrative law judge and ask additional questions to gain more understanding about your medical condition. If there are any medical or vocational experts present, they will also be able to give additional evidence and testimony to support your claim.
After the administrative hearing is complete, you will receive written notice of the administrative law judge’s decision within 60 to 90 days after the hearing.
Need To Apply For SSDI Benefits? Contact Us To Get Started.
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