You have Social Security
Your right to federal social
security disability benefits are
governed by laws established by the
United States Congress. Federal
agencies and courts evaluate your
entitlement to the disability
social security disability benefits
are intended to pay cash benefits to
people who are unable to work for a
year or more because of a disability.
There are two types of social security
Security Disability Benefits (SS).
To qualify for these benefits, you
must have worked and paid social
Security Income (SSI) benefits.
Supplemental security income
benefits are generally lower than
social security disability
benefits. Unlike social security
disability benefits, you may be
entitled to supplemental security
income benefits even if you
have never worked or paid social
security taxes. These
benefits are based upon financial
In some cases you may be entitled
to both Social Security Disability and
Supplemental Security Income benefits.
The benefits are intended to provide a
continuing income to an injured worker
and their family when they are unable
to do so.
specifically, the law provides that
when a worker becomes disabled by
having a severe mental or physical
impairment which prevents the worker
from any type of work and (a) has
lasted for at least one year or (b) is
expected to last for at least one year
or (c) is expected to result in death,
he or she may be eligible for social
security disability benefits. It is
important to understand that Social
Security is based upon the inability
to work. The system does not provide
for partial disability or for
short-term disability. The disability
benefits continue as long as the
many factors which will be considered
in determining your entitlement to the
benefits. The severity of your
physical or mental impairments, your
age, your education, and your past
work may all be considered.
disability benefits are awarded, you
will receive a monthly benefit
calculated on your earnings while you
were working. By contacting your local
social security office, you may obtain
a Personal Earnings and Benefit
Estimate Statement which will give an
estimate of your benefits. Other
benefits (such as workers'
compensation, government pensions,
etc. )you have received will be
considered in determining your monthly
to the monetary benefit, you may be
entitled to Medicare benefits as well.
The benefits will continue as long as
you remain disabled. Your disability
may be occasionally reviewed to
determine if you are still disabled.
speak to a lawyer to address any
specific questions about your
particular California workers
compensation or federal social
security disability case.
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