Los Angeles Social Security Disabilty Attorney: SSDI/SSI & Medicare
If you have suffered a serious injury or illness that prevents you from obtaining gainful employment for a year or more, you may be qualified to receive benefits from the Federal Government through two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both programs provide monthly financial assistance, but the requirements for each program are fairly different. The knowledgeable attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help you determine which program is best suited for your circumstances. Call (800) 438-7734 to schedule a free, in-home consultation.
Eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits depends on whether an individual has been paying Social Security taxes through his or her work wages or self-employment income. The amount is not determined by the person’s income, but by his or her work history. The more years a person has worked, the more work credits he or she will have earned, the more benefits he or she will be eligible to receive.
Qualification for SSDI benefits also depends on meeting one or more of the following conditions:
- You are not gainfully employed.
- You have a severe impairment.
- The impairment will last more than 12 months or result in death.
- You are unable to perform any job that you held during the previous 15 years of employment or any job that is available based on your skills and education level.
- You have a sufficient amount of work credits paid to Social Security within the past 5 years.
In some cases, securing rightful benefits can be difficult or complex. If you or a loved one would like to discuss your eligibility for SSDI or would like to have assistance throughout the process of filing for benefits, please contact the legal team at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office.
Supplementary Security Income (SSI) is a Federal program that is funded by general tax revenues to help provide financial assistance to those with a low income, in addition to one of the following:
- Over age 65
- A minor
Individuals who do not qualify for SSDI may be eligible for SSI if he or she meets a minimum income requirement and do not own additional assets, such as:
- Land or property
- Personal property
- Burial plots
- Life Insurance
In many cases, those who receive SSDI benefits are also eligible for Medicare coverage within the 36 months after the Social Security Administration has found him or her to be disabled. If your worker’s compensation claim includes payments provided by Medicare or MediCal, the SSA must be notified in order to avoid having to reimburse Medicare for their payments or being denied future medical care under the program.