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Social Security Disability Benefits

When you become disabled or injured, it is important that you receive the legal representation you need. We believe that when you become disabled and can no longer work - or are limited as to how much you can work - you should be able to receive the full amount of benefits to which you are entitled. Unfortunately, obtaining those benefits is  a very complicated and confusing process. We are committed to making the process of obtaining the benefits you are entitled to so that you can focus on the most important part... recovering.

Am I entitled to Social Security disability benefits?

If you cannot work because of a physical or mental condition that is expected to last for at least one year or result in death, you may be entitled to Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. It is important that you persist in your efforts to obtain SSD benefits, as most first-time claims are denied.

What is Social Security disability insurance & Supplemental Security Income?

Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) is a federally funded program designed to provide income for qualifying individuals who are unable to work because of their disability as well as to family members of disabled individuals who have a qualifying work history. SSDI is paid on a monthly basis to those who have paid Social Security taxes.

Supplemental Security income (SSI) is designed to help those who do not meet a certain income threshold and whose injuries prevent them from returning to the workforce. This program functions like welfare, and applicants may be eligible to receive SSI benefits regardless of whether or not they have paid into the Social Security system. People whose applications are accepted may additionally be eligible for Medicaid benefits.

Help for Employees in the Private or Public Sector

If you are unable return to work, an SSD claim can be filed if you worked in the private sector. If however you were a State, Local, or Federal government employee, you may file a service-connected disability retirement application. Our dedicated staff prides itself on having multiple areas of knowledge and familiarity in employment law, so we can take care of all of our clients' needs under one roof.

My Social Security Disability Claim Was Denied. What should I do?

First of all, don't worry. It is important to realize that most first-time SSDI and SSI claims are denied. In fact, only about 37 percent of initial claims are accepted at all. It is almost always worth it to appeal the decision. Approximately 50 percent of claims that were initially denied get accepted on appeal once they appear before an administrative law judge. Taking this step is highly recommended.

Unfortunately, the majority of denied applicants do not appeal - and, in the process, may miss out on receiving the benefits they deserve. If your claim for SSDI or SSI has been turned down and you are wondering what to do, contact the Law Offices of Thomas Hoegh. Having an attorney with experience and knowledge of SSI and SSDI laws and policies on your side for an appeal is invaluable.

Medicare

Social Security has a special program for people of all ages who have kidney problems requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant.  Medicare coverage is also available to people who have been entitled to Social Security disability benefits for 24 months and to government employees who meet Social Security’s definition of disability and are “insured.”

MediCal

Medicaid is a jointly-funded, Federal-State health insurance program for certain low-income and needy people.  MediCal Eligibility is based on disability or certain circumstances financial need.

We can help determine whether you are eligible for benefits such as SSD. In SSD claims, we are experienced in the investigation and documentation of injuries and disability. We know how to prepare a compelling case in order to maximize and secure the benefits you deserve.

For a free consultation about your situation, call the Law Offices of Thomas Hoegh at your earliest convenience.


With offices in Woodland Hills, Pasadena and Riverside, we represent clients in the entire San Fernando Valley and surrounding cities. Encino, Sherman Oaks, Northridge, Chatsworth, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Burbank, West Hollywood, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Agoura, Oxnard, Ventura. The Law Offices of Thomas Hoegh represents clients throughout Southern California, serving the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego. We make appointments in our office or we come to you at your convenience.

No Win - - No Fee. Attorney's fees are deducted from the final settlement or award.
For a free consultation about your situation, call the Law Offices of Thomas Hoegh at your earliest convenience.



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Located in Woodland Hills, California, Law Offices of Thomas Hoegh represents clients throughout Southern California, serving the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego. We make appointments in our office or we come to you at your convenience.

No Win - - No Fee. Attorney's fees are deducted from the final settlement or award.
For a free consultation about your situation, call the Law Offices of Thomas Hoegh at your earliest convenience.