If you cannot earn a living in Los Angeles because of a long-term or permanent illness or injury, you may be eligible to apply and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) through the Social Security Administration (SSA). A Los Angeles Social Security Disability Insurance lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you prepare and file your initial application, gather additional evidence, or represent you during the appeals process if your claim is denied.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to speak with a member of our team who may be able to help you determine if you qualify for SSDI and the next steps you could take.
Proving Your Qualifying Impairment for Los Angeles SSDI
Our team does not shy away from tough cases. It may not always be apparent where your medical condition fits in SSA’s Adult Impairment Listings. In some cases, you may be able to look up the body area or system affected, find your diagnosis, and look at the list of requirements to see if you qualify. Then a disability claims examiner may need to see the proof that you meet those requirements.
However if these listings do not include your condition, or if you do not meet the requirements but still cannot work to pay your bills, you may need to qualify based on your residual functional capacity as outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations § 416.945.
This may be a complex system to navigate, but our team may be able to help you prove you qualify. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability Insurance lawyer from the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to support you through this process if we believe you qualify for SSDI benefits.
You may Have Unearned Income and Still Qualify
There is no income cap for SSDI. Your earned income may need to be below the current substantial gainful activity limit, and you may need to have work credits earned from paying into Social Security over the course of your career. However, you may have an unlimited amount of unearned income and still qualify. This may include child support, income from rental properties, or income from other investments.
If you do not have a verifiable work history that has earned you work credits, you could still qualify for monthly benefits through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. This program has strict income and asset limits, and is meant to provide assistance with housing, food, and other necessities for those with few other options.
For a free legal consultation with a Social Security Disability Insurance Lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
Let Our Team Help You Possibly File Your SSDI Claim in Los Angeles
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our team may be able to help file SSDI and SSI claims. We may review your case at no cost to you and determine if we believe you may qualify for one of these programs. If so, we may be able to explain the claims process and help you prepare your application.
We may discuss your medical condition with you and include your doctors’ contact information on your application. The disability claims examiner may then request your records and use what they find as a part of determining if you qualify for benefits.
We may also be able to help you identify additional evidence to support your claim, guide you through the process of proving your residual functional capacity, or building an argument to support an appeal if they deny your benefits initially.
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Navigate the Appeals Process
According to the SSA, you have 60 days following a denial notice to appeal the decision. If SSA denied your application for SSDI, our team may review your case to determine if we believe you have a strong case for appeal. If so, we may represent you through this process and help you challenge the disability examiner’s decision.
There are four levels of appeals you may be able to take if necessary. The first level is reconsideration. Following reconsideration, we may help represent you in additional appeals if necessary, including:
- A hearing with an administrative law judge
- A review by the Appeals Council
- A review in federal court
A Los Angeles Social Security Disability Insurance lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm knows what the SSA may look for in a qualifying claim. We may be able to help you gather supporting evidence, document your qualifying impairment, and other important criteria to prove your case.
If we can show that you should receive monthly benefits through the SSDI program, you may begin receiving these benefits as well as backpay to the date your benefits would have started had you not received a denial.
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Speak With a Member of the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Team
A member of the Los Angeles Social Security Disability Insurance lawyer team from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you fight a denial if the SSA refuses to approve you for SSDI based on your initial claim. We may be able to help you gather the necessary evidence and prove you may be entitled to benefits.
If you have not filed your application for benefits, we may also be able to help you do so by ensuring your paperwork is complete and accurate.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to discuss your qualifying condition, application, and other details with a member of our team for free. We work on a contingency-fee basis, so you will not owe us anything if we cannot get you approved for benefits.