Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
The Law Offices of Lawrence D. Rohlfing provides experienced legal representation to the disabled in their fight for Social Security and other disability benefits. Below, we have provided answers to some of the most common questions about disability benefits like SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Feel free to contact our law office in Santa Fe Springs if you have additional questions or need to schedule an appointment with a California Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some of the most frequently asked questions include:
Q: What is SSDI?
A: SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. It is a government benefit administered through the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSDI is a monthly benefit that provides relief for disabled individuals and their families.
Q: Am I eligible for SSDI?
A: To be eligible, you must have a physical impairment or mental impairment (or a combination of the two) that significantly affects your ability to work. The disability must last for a year or more or be expected to result in death. There are additional eligibility requirements, including certain work eligibility requirements. The best way to determine your eligibility is to speak with an experienced SSD lawyer.
Q: Can I receive benefits if I have never worked?
A: SSDI does require that you have worked for a period of time. However, people who are not eligible for SSDI benefits may be eligible for SSI benefits.
Q: What is SSI?
A: SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income. It provides benefits for the elderly, blind or disabled who have limited income and financial means. People 65 or older who have limited financial means may receive SSI benefits even if they are not disabled.
Q: What type of injuries, disabilities or conditions are covered by SSDI?
A: Any qualifying physical disability or mental disability (or a combination of the two) can be covered, though it is impossible to list every physical or mental impairment that might be sufficient to obtain SSDI benefits. However, some of the most common impairments include back and neck injuries, spinal cord damage, brain damage, cancer, depression, anxiety, hand or wrist impairment, arm or leg impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, mental retardation, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel and organ damage.
Q: What if my SSDI claim is denied?
A: There are several opportunities for appealing a denied claim, including requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) to present your case. Our attorneys handle all SSDI and SSI appeals, all the way up to federal court.
Contact A California Disability Benefits Attorney To Learn More
The Law Offices of Lawrence D. Rohlfing serves clients throughout the Los Angeles and San Diego metro areas. We offer a free consultation to discuss your eligibility for SSDI, SSI and other disability benefits. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney at our firm, call 562-868-5886.