If you become disabled, the Social Security Disability programs can supply the support you need. If the Social Security Administration finds you disabled, you will receive both money and health insurance from one or both programs:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Medicare, if you have a consistent work history;
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid, if you have minimal or no work history.
It sounds straightforward, however, like most government programs, there are plenty of hoops to jump through and it can take a lot of time. How you fill out your forms, how you describe your disability – and your potential ability to do past work, or any type of full time work – are all important factors in determining whether or not you will be approved for benefits. If you are denied, you can appeal but the process is no less difficult or time consuming. After you are denied there are three levels of appeal, including a hearing, within the Social Security Administration itself. In some cases it may be possible to appeal even further to the Federal judiciary system including the District Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. It can all be very confusing.
That is why we have established a dedicated Social Security disability team. We are here to help you navigate the tricky waters of the application and appeals process. If you believe you qualify for Social Security Disability, or if you are unsure, please call us for a free consultation.