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Do You Qualify for Disability Benefits?

Posted by Martin Rocha | Jun 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

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A disability attorney can assist you in determining if you qualify for disability benefits. Being disabled means you are physically prevented from working by an existing condition or injury. Applying for disability benefits can be made easier with the help of a disability attorney. Brandon L. Lettunich, Attorney at Law, has helped many clients in El Paso and surrounding areas to make successful disability benefits claims.

Qualifying for Disability

There are two primary sources of disability benefits: through worker's compensation or through the Social Security Administration.  You can qualify for workers' comp disability if you can show a work-related accident/illness is preventing or limiting your ability to work. Total or partial disability benefits are available on a temporary or ongoing basis if your employer purchased workers' comp coverage. However, you must be able to prove this injury or illness happened  on the job.

Types of Disability Benefits

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You could also get disability from the Social Security Administration, regardless of how your illness or injury happened. Social Security disability benefits are available for those with long-term disabling conditions. These are defined as conditions lasting for at least 12 months or likely to be terminal. There are two types of Social Security Disability benefits: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).  SSDI requires you to have earned work credits, while SSI is income based, mandating that you have few resources and low income to quality.

Getting Help from a Disability Attorney

The specific conditions which can result in benefits are found on the SSA's Listing of Impairments, which is routinely called the Blue Book. To be covered and get disability benefits, you have to have a listed condition and accompanying symptoms, or have to prove you have a condition that is medically equivalent in severity. Brandon L. Lettunich, Attorney at Law can provide help if you want to qualify for disability benefits after an El Paso work injury or if you are otherwise sick or injured. Contact us today to speak with a disability attorney who can help.

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