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Are you suffering from a disability?

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Are you suffering from an injury or medical condition that prevents you from living a healthy, productive life? You’re not alone. Millions of people are incapable of making a living due to a disabling physical or mental impairment. If you’re in this situation, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may be the right option for you.

However, the rules and regulations surrounding the Social Security system are complex, and people often underestimate the overwhelming amount of paperwork involved. That’s where a knowledgeable Los Angeles disability lawyer comes in. At The Law Offices of Dr. Bill LaTour, we can help you navigate the tricky road to obtaining disability benefits. Our attorneys exclusively handle disability claims in Los Angeles and surrounding Southern California communities. We can take this enormous burden off your shoulders. All you have to do is call us!

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Getting Help Is Easy

Life with a disability presents many challenges but getting the legal help you need shouldn’t be one of them. That’s why we strive to make getting help from our attorneys as easy as possible. You don’t even have to leave your house. We’ll meet with you over the phone!

You Deserve Disability Benefits

If you’re living with a disability or debilitating injury that prevents you from working, you may be entitled to SSDI benefits. Let us fight for the financial support you deserve.

We Work for You

Our attorneys operate on a contingency-fee basis, so you won’t owe us anything upfront and if we don’t obtain benefits for you, you won’t owe us a dime!

We Know What You’re Going Through

Life with a disabling condition can make everyday activities incredibly difficult. When you’re unable to continue making a living due to a disability, the stress of how you’re going to pay your bills and account for everyday essentials can be unbearable. Even worse, the process of obtaining SSDI benefits can be long, frustrating, and extremely complicated.

Dr. Bill LaTour has been both an attorney and a licensed psychologist since 1989. This gives him the unique ability to understand the mental and physical impairments that can result in disability, as well as the emotional stress that can be associated with pursuing SSDI benefits. Dr. LaTour and his experienced of Los Angeles disability lawyers know what you’re going through and have helped countless disabled individuals in the Greater Los Angeles area, the Inland Empire, and Orange County receive SSDI benefits.

Applying or Appealing for Disability Benefits? Getting Help Is Easy!

If you’re struggling with the application or appeals process for SSDI benefits, getting help is just a call or click away. And if your disability makes it difficult to leave home, we’ll meet with you over the phone!

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What Is SSDI?

Before you get started, it’s important to have a basic understanding of SSDI and its purpose.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages two disability programs that provide monthly benefits for disabled individuals who are no longer able to work: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

While the two sound similar and share some eligibility requirements, they are separate programs with distinct differences. SSDI is specifically intended for individuals who have worked for a certain number of years but suffered a physical or mental disability that prevents them from continuing any kind of job.

Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a lot of rules and regulations regarding disability claims, so it can be challenging to determine if you qualify for benefits.

To qualify for disability benefits, you must have both:

  • Worked in jobs that contributed to Social Security
  • A medical condition that meets the SSA’s definition of a disability

In addition to meeting the requirements for disability benefits, you must have worked recently and for long enough to receive disability benefits. This is measured by work credits, which are based on your total yearly wages or income. The number of work credits you receive changes each year and the number of credits you need depends on the age at which you became disabled.

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Applying for Disability Benefits? We Can Help!

If you’re concerned about the process of applying or appealing for disability benefits, the Law Offices of Dr. Bill LaTour is here to help you. Contact us today to get started!

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What is the Process for Getting Disability Benefits in California?

In California, there are two ways you can apply for Social Security disability benefits:

  • Online through the SSA website application
  • Call 1-800-772-1213 or 1-800-325-0778 to make an appointment to apply over the phone or in-person at the local Social Security office

When you apply, you will also need an organized record of the information and evidence the SSA considers relevant to your case. Your lawyer will help you collect all of the necessary documents, which may include the following:

  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of the doctors, hospitals, and clinics that gave you medical treatment
  • Names of medications you’re taking
  • Copies of your medical records
  • Your Social Security number, your spouse’s Social Security number, and the Social Security numbers for any children under 18
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency
  • Military discharge papers, if applicable
  • Recent W-2 Form or tax return, if self-employed
  • Summary of your jobs in the past 15 years

If you don’t have all of the information your application requires, it is more likely your application will be denied. Hiring an experienced Los Angeles disability lawyer, like Attorney Dr. Bill LaTour, can help you fill out your application quickly and correctly to ensure you have the best chance possible at receiving your benefits as soon as possible.

Do You Meet the SSA’s Definition of Disability?

In addition to the work requirements, you must also meet the SSA’s strict definition of “disability” in order to qualify for SSDI. The SSA will only consider you to be disabled and possibly entitled to benefits if:

  • You cannot do the work that you did before.
  • It is determined that you cannot adjust to other types of work for which you are qualified because of your medical condition.
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or result in death.

Many people assume that qualifying for SSDI is solely based on their particular condition; however, eligibility is largely work-based. In other words, a large portion of the SSA’s decision to approve or deny your application is based on your ability to work.

If you’re suffering from severe back pain, for instance, but are still capable of performing your job and earning a living, the SSA will likely not consider you to be disabled.

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Appealing a Denied Claim: What Should You Expect?

If your initial claim for disability benefits was denied, we know how frustrating this can be. However, it’s important to know that just because your claim was denied, it doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to benefits.

Oftentimes, individuals who appeal their claims are approved after demonstrating in more detail how their disability affects their everyday life and ability to hold a job. For example, if your claim was denied for a lack of medical evidence, you may just need to submit the correct documentation from your doctor during your appeal to start receiving benefits.

However, it’s not always as simple as that, so it’s best to have an experienced attorney handling your appeal. By appealing a denied claim, you’re basically asking the SSA to reconsider their decision. If you’re planning on appealing a denied claim, here’s what you can expect:

Request for Reconsideration: After receiving a denial, an attorney can file a request for reconsideration with the SSA. A new claims examiner will review your application, taking into consideration any new documents or evidence you or your attorney submit.

Hearing: In the event that your request for reconsideration is denied, you may be able to request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). During this stage of the appeals process, it is especially beneficial to have an experienced attorney present. They can prepare you for the hearing, question expert witnesses to support your claim, and argue a strong case on your behalf.

What Comes Next?

Call 800-803-5090 or fill out the online form to share your story with our team. If you have a case, we’ll handle the rest from there.

Your lawyer will gather all the documentation you need, such as clinic information and medical records, to build the best possible case.

Disability application denials are all too common. If your disability claim is denied and you need to appeal, your lawyer will file all the paperwork and represent you before the court on your behalf.

The disability claims process is known for taking a while, but your team at The Law Offices of Dr. Bill LaTour will keep you updated every step of the way. If your claim is approved, we will make sure you receive your deserved benefits as soon as possible.

How Can a Lawyer Help?

Applying for benefits or appealing a Social Security disability application can be complex and stressful. In addition to dealing with the limitations of your disability, you will have to gather all the paperwork you need and make sure you fill out the application properly. If you make a mistake or fail to provide any documentation the SSA needs, you could be denied benefits.

An experienced Social Security disability lawyer can help you fill out the paperwork correctly and gather the evidence you need to ensure the quickest possible processing. Your lawyer will also help with an appeal if your claim is denied. Attorney Dr. Bill LaTour has years of experience working in disability law so you can rest assured that your application is in practiced hands.

FAQs

It can take anywhere from a month to two years to get a response on your disability application. While we can’t guarantee a timeline to receive benefits, we can assure you our office will be doing everything we can to ensure your claim is in good shape and moving as quickly as possible through the lengthy process.

Disability Determination Services (DDS) reviews SSDI claims in order to identify any fraud attempts. If your application is missing paperwork, improperly filled out, or lacking the appropriate medical evidence, it will almost certainly be denied. However, keep in mind that denials are common, and you may still have options. Contact an experienced Los Angeles disability lawyer to review your claim after a denial.

If you applied for SSDI and your claim was denied, your next step is to appeal the SSA’s decision. Many disability applicants who were initially denied are able to obtain benefits through the appeals process. There are multiple levels of appeals you may need to go through and navigating this process is rarely straightforward. Having a knowledgeable disability attorney on your side will be to your benefit.

If you can engage in what is known as “substantial gainful activity” (SGA), you won’t be considered disabled. The SSA makes this determination by evaluating if your monthly earnings from work exceed their maximum income limit. If it does, you are considered to be engaging in SGA and will not be eligible to receive benefits.

Federal regulations use the ‘national average wage index’ to establish the earnings limit each year. You can use the SSA’s benefits planner to determine the amount of money you’re able to earn from work and still qualify for SSDI benefits.

No. When you file for unemployment benefits, you generally have to state that you are physically and mentally capable of working. This contradicts your claim for disability benefits, in which you’ll specifically state that you are unable to work for 12 months or more due to your condition.

If you have received unemployment benefits at any time during the period you allege that you were disabled, the SSA may deny you SSDI benefits.

No. If your doctor determines you are unable to work for 12 months or more, you should file for benefits immediately. By waiting longer than necessary to apply, you risk losing benefits to which you are legally entitled.

If you are eligible to receive SSDI benefits, you can only recover retroactive benefits for the twelve-month period preceding the date you submit your application for benefits. If you wait more than a year from the date you stop working to apply for benefits, you risk losing more benefits.

Whether you’re applying for SSDI for the first time or you would like to start the appeals process, an experienced Los Angeles disability lawyer will be a valuable resource. From preparing your claim for success to coordinating with the SSA on your behalf, an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the Social Security system will give you the best chance of receiving the benefits you deserve.

If your disability makes it difficult for you to leave the house, don’t lose hope. A compassionate member of our team will meet with you over the phone!

Our office works on a contingency-fee basis, this means you never have to worry about paying an expensive upfront bill to work with our legal team. In fact, you won’t owe us anything unless our efforts are successful!

For years, all SSDI claims were treated the same, no matter how minor or severe. For example, someone with a terminal illness claim would be treated the same as someone with a chronic pain claim, and they would have to wait for their benefits to be approved by the SSA for about an equal amount of time.

Because of this, the SSA created the Compassionate Allowance Program that grants applicants with certain medical conditions a shortened time frame, providing disability benefit approvals in weeks instead of months or years. The program includes 113 conditions that are determined to fall under compassionate allowance. Claims can still be delayed if the forms aren’t filled out properly or if accurate and complete medical information isn’t provided, so it’s best to consult a Los Angeles disability lawyer like Dr. Bill if you have a compassionate allowance condition.

Disability benefits are often the only source of income for individuals with a medical condition. The number of medical conditions you have does not change your approval determination or your monthly benefit payment. That said, developing new conditions may affect the schedule for continued eligibility or routine reviews to determine if you still need benefits. It’s important to report new medical conditions to the SSA to prevent an interruption of your benefits.

Disabled people receiving SSDI or SSI benefits must inform the SSA of any changes that may affect eligibility. These may include improvements in the listed medical condition, changes in marital status, addresses, living arrangements, financial changes, and work activities. Keeping the SSA informed of changes may prevent any concerns about continued eligibility or disruptions to your benefits.

While most of the people on SSDI and SSI are U.S. citizens, there are a few exceptions for certain noncitizens. Noncitizens can qualify for benefits if they have a Social Security number that was assigned after January 1, 2004 that allows them to work in the U.S., or if they have a non-immigrant visa that is B-1, D-1, or D-2. They must also prove that they are in the U.S. lawfully for the time they would receive benefits and must satisfy all the standard eligibility criteria applicable to citizens. Social Security benefits for non-citizens are complex, so it’s best to hire an experienced disability lawyer like Dr. Bill for guidance.

The SSA is a separate entity from the Department of Veterans Affairs, so it’s possible to receive benefits from both at the same time. In some cases, however, veterans receiving benefits from the VA are denied by the SSA. In these cases, it’s best to seek an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to help with your claim.

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