Social Security Disability Attorney in Sherman Oaks, CA


Approximately one in four people in their 20s will become disabled before they are 67 years old. Though you may often see or read about disabilities happening to others in the news, there is a high probability that you may become disabled one day as well. Though it is encouraged to save your money and work hard in your career, most people rarely think about creating a safety net to fall back on in the case that they become severely disabled. This is where social security can help to fill the gaps. Though social security benefits are available for all that are eligible, it is not always easy to get approved. The process can be long, complex, and difficult to understand. This can be further exasperated if you are already going through an injury and attempting to fill out paperwork and attend hearings. This is where the expertise of a social security disability attorney in Sherman Oaks, CA can significantly help to improve the likelihood of your approval for social security disability benefits.

For your convenience, we are able to conduct most of our business electronically without you having to make the trip to our office. All we have to do is take your initial information via phone call or email, obtain your medical records from you, and have the social security attorney review your information to see if we are able to assist you in your new or concurrent disability case.

Do you qualify for disability?

To qualify for social security disability benefits, you must have worked in occupations that are covered by social security benefits. Furthermore, you must have a medical condition that clearly meets the definition of a disability as defined by Social Security. It should be noted that Social Security disability only covers those that are totally disabled. They use a different set of criteria to determine disability than other government programs. Furthermore, they do not pay out benefits for those that are suffering a partial or short-term disability. Social Security uses the following questions to determine if you are disabled:

  1. Are you currently working? If you are currently working and making more than $1,220 a month, you will typically not be considered disabled.
  2. Is your condition considered “severe”? Your disability must significantly prohibit and/or limit your ability to stand, sit, walk, and remember within the last 12 months.
  3. Can your medical condition be found in the list of disabling conditions? Social Security provides us with a list of medical conditions that can affect the major parts of the body. If it is not on the list, Social Security will make the determination of whether it is not a sever as the currently listed conditions.
  4. Are you able to conduct the same type of work that you have previously done? If your disability prohibits you from conducting some or all of your past work, you may not be considered disabled.
  5. Do you have the ability to do any other type of work? Social Security will closely scrutinize whether or not you can perform any type of work.

There are two types of disability programs you may be eligible for:

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

SSI is a program that pays benefits to adults and children that are disabled and have a limited income as well as resources. To qualify for this form of social security disability, information regarding your medical condition(s), work, and education history will be requested of you. If you fail to provide the correct information in the right format, it could mean denial. Working with a social security disability attorney can help you to simplify the process and ensure that you are providing social security with the correct information.

SSI is a federal program for low to no-income blind and disabled individuals:

  • Who are disabled, blind, or injured
  • Who’s disability or injury is expected to last 12 months or more
  • Who are currently treating with a doctor/have established treatment
  • Whom cant provides income to meet their basic necessities for shelter, food, and clothing

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

SSDI will only pay benefits to those (and family members of those) that have worked for a long enough period of time and paid into the social security tax system. For most applicants, the medical requirements are essentially the same for each program and determinations of benefit payouts are reached utilizing the same process.

SSDI is a program that pays benefits to blind or disabled adults (an adult child may be eligible under a parent’s earnings record if the disability began before age 22):

  • Who have worked long enough and have paid Social Security taxes
  • Have worked in the last 5 years
  • Who’s disability or injury is expected to last 12 months or more
  • Are currently treating with a doctor/have established treatment

Click here to see an overview of the social security disability case process.

Want to speed up the process? Click here Fill out the disability intake form and email it to pc@pisegna-zimmerman.com along with your medical records to see if you have a case!

Why You Should Work With A Social Security Disability Attorney in Sherman Oaks, CA

Though some are successful applying for social security disability benefits on their own, your chances of approval are significantly increased when you choose to work with an experienced social security disability attorney. Attorneys understand the process and how to present your case in a favorable manner. Furthermore, they can offer advice as well as advocate for your eligibility. This can be a daunting task to undertake on your own. Additionally, if you are denied, a formidable social security disability attorney can represent you during the appeals process. An attorney can help you throughout the entire process. If you are currently disabled and interested in pursuing social security disability, give our attorneys at Pisegna And Zimmerman LLC a call to schedule your free initial consultation today.

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