Fresno, CA Attorney Blog

Monday, June 25, 2018

Social Security Provides Relief for the Families of Fallen Soldiers

Who is eligible to receive veterans’ survivor benefits?

Our brave military men and women put their own lives on the line to protect our country. Entering the military comes with risks in all branches. Since our founding as a country, the United States has fought in at least 11 official wars and many other domestic and international military conflicts. Over 7,000 U.S.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

New Law Targets Representative Payees of Disability Recipients

Q: How do I know if my representative payee is honest?

California disability benefits attorneys are devoted to helping society’s most vulnerable citizens determine which of the two available federal disability benefits programs they may be qualified for and then handling the application and/or appeals process necessary to secure those benefits.


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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

SSI Asset Limits

What assets count towards SSI eligibility?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that assists people with disabilities in paying for basic necessities like food and shelter. SSI and SSDI are often lumped together, but the two programs have some major differences. SSI is not limited to those who have a certain number of work credits, unlike SSDI.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

SSI Benefits and Autism

Can my child with autism receive SSI benefits?

It is estimated that one in every 68 children today are on the autism spectrum, according to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings. Autism is a multi-system developmental disorder that can affect a child’s ability to communicate and interact with the world around him or her. Autism varies significantly in severity. Children with severe autism may be

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Qualifying As Disabled Per the Social Security Administration

What standards does the SSA use to determine whether I am disabled?

For the millions of disabled individuals across the United States, Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provide much needed financial assistance.  Qualifying to receive disability benefits can be challenging and many applicants are denied the first time they apply. To receive SSD or SSI benefits, you will need to prove that you are disabled per the Social Security Administration’s definition.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Dispelling the Myth of the SSDI Freeloader

Q: Are SSDI recipients really disabled or just lazy?

Some critics of the current Social Security disability benefits system are asking: Is the Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (“SSDI”) program a safety net or a hammock?

As Fresno and Madera SSDI attorneys committed to helping the disabled get the benefits they deserve, the long-standing myth that people receiving SSDI benefits are just lazy and don't want to work is offensive. So, with a caveat that recognizes there will always be some who are in fact milking the system, let's examine the disability benefits process and dispel the myth.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Where There’s (Burn Pit) Smoke, There’s Often Lung Disease

Q: Are veterans covered for deployment-related burn pit exposure injuries?

California veteran’s disability and benefits attorneys followed with interest a landmark court ruling that changes the way victims of burn pit-related medical problems may be compensated for their deployment-related injuries and treatment costs. At military bases throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, open-air burn pits release thick black smoke filled with "thousands of chemicals" into the air – – by-products of incinerated trash that included plastics and other waste.

Reportedly, thousands of service members and civilians working on bases in those territories have suffered lung diseases allegedly connected to inhaling the burn pit toxins they were exposed to while deployed or working.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Impact of California Wildfires on the Disabled

Can wildfires cause or worsen disabilities that qualify for SSDI?

California Social Security disability insurance attorneys don't only worry about how repeated widespread California wildfires will impact their own health and safety, but they also worry about their current and future clients’ health.

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”), applicants must have worked for a requisite number of years and hours, and must have paid into the Social Security tax system during those years. In addition, they must satisfy the government’s definition of being "disabled”.
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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Fraud and Social Security Benefits

Q: What is the penalty for misappropriating someone else’s Social Security benefits?

Many Americans have a "love-hate "relationship with the government. Sure, we enjoy the many rights, benefits and freedoms our government offers, but trying to access some of those benefits can be a nightmare—especially for the more vulnerable members of society like disabled folks.

Applying for Social Security disability benefits (“SSDI”) or Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”), which are two different federal government programs that help the disabled, can be time-consuming and frustrating.
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Military Shopping Discount Expanded to Include All Honorably Discharged Veterans

Q: Can an honorably discharged veteran shop at discount military exchanges?

Veteran’s disability attorneys are in the business of helping our nation’s veterans access the benefits they're entitled to for their sacrifice and service.

Often, while helping disabled vets apply for benefits or appeal a denial of veteran’s benefits, it becomes evident that many vets are unaware of the many benefits that are available to them and their families. Some important veteran’s benefits for eligible beneficiaries include: 

  • burial and memorial
  • death pension
  • dependency and indemnity compensation
  • disability compensation
  • employment and training
  • parent’s dependency and indemnity compensation
  • special monthly compensation
  • survivor benefits
  • veteran’s healthcare
  • veteran’s life insurance. 

Many of the above benefits have a complicated application and appeals process and interested applicants would be wise to contact an attorney who specializes in veteran’s benefits for assistance qualifying for these benefits. 

On the bright side, there's an exciting new update to an existing veteran’s benefit that expands access to the benefit to all honorably-discharged veterans who have ever served, no matter how long.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

More Money for Disability Benefits Recipients in 2018

Q: Does the amount of federal disability benefits ever increase?

Applying for disability benefits can be a complex and lengthy process, worsened by the fact that almost two-thirds—or 60%-- of the initial disability claims can be denied, necessitating an even more lengthy appeals process that can span many months and even years.

The federal government, through the Social Security Administration, offers two different types of disability benefits programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) and Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). While both are administered by the Social Security Administration, and both require applicants to meet the program’s definition of "disabled", other eligibility requirements are different.
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