Long Beach Social Security Benefits Lawyer
Rohlfing & Kalagian, LLP, has been providing clients with quality representation in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims since 1985. We are the firm other lawyers turn to when they need help with SSDI and SSI claims. Our offices are located in Long Beach and California.
Call (562) 437-7006 to discuss your Social Security disability claim with an experienced California SSDI and SSI attorney.
For additional information about the benefits of retaining our law firm, please visit the following pages on our Web site:
- How to Choose an SSDI and SSI Attorney
- Our Qualifications
- How We Can Help You With Your SSDI or SSI Claim
Do You Qualify for SSDI or SSI?
In order to qualify for either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you must be deemed totally disabled. You will not receive benefits if you are deemed to have a short-term disability (a disability lasting less than one year) or a partial disability.
The Social Security Administration will decide if you qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits by determining whether you are capable of performing the work you did before the disability and, if not, whether you could perform other work.
To see common disabilities that qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits, please visit our Common Qualifying Disabilities page.
If you receive an adverse determination, you may follow an appeal process.
What Is the Difference Between SSDI and SSI?
In terms of qualifying for benefits, there is no difference between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, a difference does exist in terms of eligibility.
Social Security Disability
SSDI is paid through the Social Security system. In order to qualify for SSDI, you must wage earner who has paid into the Social Security system (earned enough “work credits” to qualify for SSDI benefits). The disability benefits are paid based on the amount of money paid into the system by the Social Security number of the disabled worker under which the claim is filed. Dependents may qualify for auxiliary benefits.
Supplemental Security Insurance
SSI is paid from general revenue. In order to qualify for SSI, you must qualify under a “needs” test, which is based on your income and assets. Unlike SSDI, you do not need to have paid into the Social Security system. However, like SSDI, the Social Security Administration will determine whether your disability qualifies for benefits. SSI is available to individuals who have never worked or who have not earned enough “work credits” to qualify for SSDI.
Should I File for SSDI or SSI Benefits?
Whether you should file under SSDI or SSI benefits will depend on your qualifications and eligibility. We suggest you take advantage of a free consultation to discuss your situation with an experienced SSDI and SSI attorney. Filing for the wrong benefits can severely delay the process and your benefits.
Contact an Experienced Long Beach SSDI and SSI Attorney
To schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim with an experienced Long Beach Social Security benefits attorney, call (562) 437-7006. If you prefer, you may fill out our intake form, and we will contact you to schedule an appointment.
Rohlfing & Kalagian, LLP is located in Long Beach. Your future is too important to trust to a less experienced lawyer. Call today.
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