Obtaining benefits when you are too disabled to work is very important. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can provide you with help understanding your options for obtaining benefits and can guide you through the process of applying for the right programs to maximize your income.
There are a few different options for where you can obtain disability benefits. Many people who have long-term disabling conditions will get their benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) through either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You may also be eligible for workers' comp disability, depending upon the cause of your illness or injury.
What is Workers' Comp Disability?
Workers' compensation disability benefits are benefits available for covered workers who get hurt or sick as a direct result of their job duties.
Unlike Social Security Disability, workers' comp disability can be available if you suffer a short-term disabling condition. Social Security provides benefits only for long-term disabilities. Workers' comp also provides benefits for partial disabilities that limit your ability to work, even if you can still do some light duty work.
Workers' comp benefits are not available in all circumstances where SSA benefits are available though. While you can get disability income from the Social Security Administration regardless of the cause of your disability, you can get workers' comp only if you got hurt because your job injured you or if you got sick from your job.
A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney will help you to determine if you are eligible for workers' comp benefits, Social Security disability benefits, or both. Contact an attorney today to learn more.