Social Security Disability Attorney in Southern California
Let me help you through the lengthy and complicated process of applying and qualifying for disability benefits. I can provide the strong representation that you need to achieve a successful claim. Whether you are unable to work, have already been denied benefits, or are applying for Social Security Disability for the first time, I can help.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that helps individuals whose physical or mental disabilities are so severe that they cannot work. Workers must have paid in to Social Security through payroll taxes to be eligible for benefits. They must also meet the strict Social Security disability standard in order to qualify. These type of benefits replace half or less of pre-disability earnings for most disabled workers. If awarded SSDI benefits, the amount of disability benefits depends on how much you have worked and earned in the past.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is designed to help low-income people with severe disabilities. This program is also designed to help individuals whose physical or mental disabilities are so severe that they cannot work. SSI is available for those who have not paid into Social Security through payroll taxes. If awarded SSI benefits, there is a base amount that an individual with no other income receives. Other income that an individual has reduces the amount of SSI which an individual can receive. Under SSI, the maximum benefit for 2013 is $710 per month for an individual. Because a beneficiary may receive less due to their earned income, or the individual’s living situation, the average SSI monthly benefit is $509 per month for an individual.