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Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Impact of California Wildfires on the Disabled

Can wildfires cause or worsen disabilities that qualify for SSDI?

California Social Security disability insurance attorneys don't only worry about how repeated widespread California wildfires will impact their own health and safety, but they also worry about their current and future clients’ health.

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”), applicants must have worked for a requisite number of years and hours, and must have paid into the Social Security tax system during those years. In addition, they must satisfy the government’s definition of being "disabled”.
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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Fraud and Social Security Benefits

Q: What is the penalty for misappropriating someone else’s Social Security benefits?

Many Americans have a "love-hate "relationship with the government. Sure, we enjoy the many rights, benefits and freedoms our government offers, but trying to access some of those benefits can be a nightmare—especially for the more vulnerable members of society like disabled folks.

Applying for Social Security disability benefits (“SSDI”) or Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”), which are two different federal government programs that help the disabled, can be time-consuming and frustrating.
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Military Shopping Discount Expanded to Include All Honorably Discharged Veterans

Q: Can an honorably discharged veteran shop at discount military exchanges?

Veteran’s disability attorneys are in the business of helping our nation’s veterans access the benefits they're entitled to for their sacrifice and service.

Often, while helping disabled vets apply for benefits or appeal a denial of veteran’s benefits, it becomes evident that many vets are unaware of the many benefits that are available to them and their families. Some important veteran’s benefits for eligible beneficiaries include: 

  • burial and memorial
  • death pension
  • dependency and indemnity compensation
  • disability compensation
  • employment and training
  • parent’s dependency and indemnity compensation
  • special monthly compensation
  • survivor benefits
  • veteran’s healthcare
  • veteran’s life insurance. 

Many of the above benefits have a complicated application and appeals process and interested applicants would be wise to contact an attorney who specializes in veteran’s benefits for assistance qualifying for these benefits. 

On the bright side, there's an exciting new update to an existing veteran’s benefit that expands access to the benefit to all honorably-discharged veterans who have ever served, no matter how long.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

More Money for Disability Benefits Recipients in 2018

Q: Does the amount of federal disability benefits ever increase?

Applying for disability benefits can be a complex and lengthy process, worsened by the fact that almost two-thirds—or 60%-- of the initial disability claims can be denied, necessitating an even more lengthy appeals process that can span many months and even years.

The federal government, through the Social Security Administration, offers two different types of disability benefits programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) and Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). While both are administered by the Social Security Administration, and both require applicants to meet the program’s definition of "disabled", other eligibility requirements are different.
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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Veterans Benefits and Natural Disasters

Q: Can veteran’s benefits be affected by a natural disaster?

California veteran’s disability and benefits attorneys can help veterans understand the many often-untapped resources available to them and their families as a result of their military service. In addition, a skilled benefits attorney can help vets apply for their benefits or can handle an appeal of the unfair denial of a claim for benefits.

While burial and memorial benefits are one of the more commonly known veteran’s benefits, there is an extensive list of veterans benefits available to eligible beneficiaries including:

  • Death pension
  • Dependency and indemnity compensation
  • Disability compensation
  • Employment and training
  • Parents DIC
  • Special monthly compensation
  • Survivor benefits
  • Veteran’s life insurance
  • Veteran’s healthcare.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Assessing the Future of Social Security and Medicare

Q: Should I worry about Social Security Disability benefits funds running out?

Applying for Social Security disability benefits is a complicated process made worse by the stress the disability itself puts on the applicant and their family.

In the face of serious financial burdens and needing to put forth the strongest application possible, many families wisely turn to experienced Social Security benefits attorneys to handle the initial application and/or appealing any denial of benefits.

But the application and appeals process is not the only thing causing disabled people stress.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Should Veterans Have a Right to Access Classified Military Records Regarding Chemical Weapons Exposure During the Vietnam Era?

It's patently unfair that after fighting for or serving your country you have to fight for the benefits you're entitled to. That's particularly frustrating when your service has resulted in a life-altering and/or life-shortening disability.

A skilled California Veterans disability and benefits attorney can help eligible veterans file a claim or appeal an unfair denial of benefits…especially when government roadblocks impede access to necessary records.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Your SSDI Hearing Wait Time May Be 583 Days

Q: Can hiring a Social Security disability attorney expedite my receipt of benefits?

If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits (“SSDI”), it's more important than ever to get you our initial application right. If it is denied, the appeals process is a complicated and extremely time-consuming nightmare that could literally cost you years of time.

"The national average wait time is just 17 days shy of 600 days, and all-time high for claimants waiting in the immense Social Security disability hearing backlog.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

The ABC's of SSDI

Q: How do I qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) benefits?

The fast answer: You apply for them. The more thorough and thoughtful answer: You consider consulting a Social Security Disability Law attorney for expert advice and help with the process which, contrary to the headline, is not literally as easy as A-B-C.

Although you can apply for SSDI benefits on your own, the application process is rigorous, time-consuming, and the rejection rate is high. According to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”), only 33% or about 1/3 of all SSDI applicants are approved. If the process was easy, there wouldn't be attorneys who devote their entire practice to helping disabled people obtain these benefits, right off the bat or upon appeal.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Judgment Day for Former Fresno Pastor in SSDI Benefits Theft Case

Q: What are the penalties for failing to report income while collecting Social Security disability benefits?

When a person is or becomes disabled and is unable to work, they may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI”) and/ or Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). Both programs differ in their requirements for qualification, but are similar in that they require the recipient to qualify under the government’s definition of "disabled".


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Persons with Disabilities and Caregivers May Be Eligible for Tax Breaks

Q: Are there any special tax benefits for disabled people or their caregivers?

Being a person with a mental or physical disability or the caregiver of a child or adult with a disability can be tiring and difficult. Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) or Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) can be complicated and riddled with red tape, denials, and appeals.

In order to qualify for SSDI benefits, a person must meet the government’s definition of “disabled”, must have paid into the Social Security system and have acquired the minimum number of work credits prior to becoming disabled; and must be younger than 65 years of age.

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