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Social Security Disability

Welcome to our California Social Security Disability Web site. The goals of our site are to inform you of your legal rights and to make our California Social Security disability lawyers available to assist you in interpreting your situation. Hiring a California Social Security attorney or lawyer is often the only way to obtain all of your Social Security benefits.

Construction, industrial and other California workers are sometimes permanently totally disabled as a result of workplace accidents and become eligible before normal retirement age for Social Security disability retirement. Individuals who suffer from chronic heart or lung problems, AIDS, depression or other disabling medical conditions, or suffer incapacity that is drug or alcohol related, and are incapable of working, are often eligible for California Social Security Disability benefits.

Social Security disability benefits can be paid under two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI) benefits program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits program.

The medical requirements for Social Security Disability payments are the same under both programs for most people. The process of medical proof is the same for both Social Security assistance programs.

Eligibility for Social Security Disability SSD is based on prior employment contributions under Social Security. Eligibility for SSI disability benefit payments is based on financial need.

There are other differences in the eligibility rules for the two programs, however the major distinction is that Social Security Disability insurance benefits are available for individuals who have worked and contributed to the national Social Security Administration system in recent years and are now disabled. Ask a California Social Security Disability lawyer about the specifics of your Social Security claim.

Permanent disability, long term disability, Title II benefits and lifetime disability are discussed in your Social Security Handbook in a general way. Your Social Security questions that are not answered by the Social Security Handbook should be referred to a California Social Security lawyer.

Disabled Widow’s and Widower’s Benefits are paid to individuals who are at least 50 years old and become disabled within a certain amount of time after the death of their husband or wife who has worked under Social Security. (widows & widowers SSD Social Security benefits payments)

Disabled Adult Child Benefits go to the children (disabled before age 22) of persons who are deceased or who are drawing Social Security Disability or Social Security retirement benefits in California.

Disability Insurance Benefits for Disabled Widows or Widowers Benefits and Disabled Adult Child benefits are not affected by whether you are rich or poor. Benefits are determined by a review of a California Social Security earnings record.

Supplemental Security Income benefits are paid to individuals who are poor and disabled. SSI does not consider whether the applicant has worked in the past.

SSI disability benefits determination is different for children.

“Denied Benefits” (denial of benefits by the Social Security Administration) are quite common on the initial application. The lawyers at Picozzi, Nielsen, & Lloyd routinely handle these and other Social Security issues and Social Security disability benefits appeals. Please call today for your free consultation with a California Social Security Disability lawyer or California Social Security Disability Attorney to discuss the specifics of your Social Security application for benefits and the appeal process and the possibility of a Social Security hearing for your appeal. Please call now!