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Social Security Benefits

Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)

According to the State of California Employment Development Department, an estimated 5.9 million Californians have a disability. While there are many disabled people in the workforce, there are a large portion of Californians of working age who are disabled so severely by a medical condition or illness that they are not able to work to provide for themselves or for their family members. When an individual of working age is not able to work, the social security administration provides benefits through a program called social security disability insurance, or SSDI.

Unfortunately, while SSDI is supposed to help the disabled, SSA statistics indicate that only 1,025,003 of the 2,878,920 claims for disability benefits made in 2011 were approved and resulted in an award of benefits. This means the denial rate for overall SSDI applications is more than 63 percent. With such a high denial rate, it is imperative you seek legal help with your SSDI claim from California disability benefits attorneys. Howard Law, P.C. can help. Our social security lawyers have extensive experience with the SSDI claims process as well as with the appeals process that will help you to fight for benefits if your initial claim is denied. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you to get the disability benefits you need and deserve.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Statistics provided by the State of California Employment Development Department indicate that approximately 54 million Americans- or 20 percent of all Americans- suffer from a disability. In the state of California alone, there are approximately 5.9 million disabled individuals. Unfortunately, people of prime working age between 21 years old and 64 years old make up the largest segment of the disabled population within the state of California. While many disabled individuals are able to work despite their medical condition or disabling injury, there are many others who are simply too disabled to hold down a job and provide for themselves or for the members of their family.

When you cannot work and need income, the Social Security Administration provides a social safety net in the form of SSI benefits. SSI stands for supplemental security income, which is income provided to the elderly or to the disabled who have minimal resources and who cannot work. Unlike other types of disability benefits, SSI benefits are not based on work history so they may be available to people who never worked, as well as to children. However, it is difficult to be approved for SSI benefits due to a high denial rate, and it is very important that you get legal help both with your initial application for benefits and, even more importantly, with any appeals that may become necessary if your initial benefits claim is denied. The California disability benefits attorneys at Howard Law, P.C. have successfully represented clients throughout Southern California in obtaining SSI benefits. Contact us today to learn how we can help.