Do You Have Questions about SSDI? Get Answers from a Social Security Disability Attorney in Whittier CA
The fact of the matter is that one of our jobs as a Social Security Disability Attorney in Whittier CA is to field questions from clients. We do this daily. Today we have compiled a few of those questions to help you better understand the options. If you have additional questions you don’t see an answer to, please contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
How Much Monthly Income Will I Receive from Social Security?
This depends on the type of Social Security disability benefit you are applying for, SSDI or SSI. SSDI is based on your work earnings that had Social Security taxes withheld. The average SSDI benefit is $1,197 and the maximum you can receive is $2,788. Social Security will not calculate this benefit amount unless you are found disabled under Social Security’s rules. In the past, Social Security would send statements with monthly benefit estimates. More recently, Social Security has stopped sending these statements due to budget constraints.
On the other hand, SSI benefit rates are calculated by the Federal Government each year and supplemented by the State of California. SSI benefits are also subject to offsets for other income you may have. For 2019, the maximum SSI benefit in California is $931.72 ($988.23 if disability is due to blindness). When you contact an SSDI attorney in Whittier CA, we can help determine which benefits, SSI or SSDI, you may qualify for.
What if I am a Non-Citizen? Do I Have a Right to Social Security Disability?
If you are here legally as a legal foreign worker or permanent resident, and if you have been paying taxes into the Social Security system, then you are likely eligible for SSDI – but you would not be eligible for SSI. Note that you will still have to meet all other requirements to receive disability. There are some specific exceptions. Your Social Security Disability Attorney in Whittier CA can help you determine your eligibility.
What Are My Options if the Social Security Administration Sets up a Medical Evaluation?
In short, your best option is to go to the examination. While Social Security will not specifically deny you benefits for not going to the examination, they will deny your benefits if you do not have adequate medical evidence of your disability. If Social Security requests a medical evaluation then that is a sure sign that they do not believe you have adequate medical evidence to support a claim for Social Security Disability Benefits in Whittier CA.