LOS ANGELES SOCIAL SECURITY ATTORNEY
Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s compensation benefits for more than 20 years. As a Los Angeles social security lawyer he has handled a variety of different cases for a variety of different clients all with their own unique sets of injuries and circumstances.
In addition to helping out with initial application filing, Tony Adderley and his trusted team of legal aides can also provide legal representation for individuals who might be entitled to coverage and benefits but who have already been denied by either the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the worker’s compensation system) – or any other program such as the supplemental security income (SSI) program. Many applicants are initially denied, but that doesn’t mean that they should give up hope. Experienced Los Angeles Social Security attorney Tony Adderley can assist applicants with appealing the denied claim.
Unlike many attorneys who only help clients with application paperwork, Los Angeles social security attorney Tony Adderley is also a trial advocate who can represent his clients in both administrative hearings and court, if a victim is repeatedly denied for coverage. When he believes in the merits of a case, Tony Adderley will pursue the benefits which his clients are entitled to with dogged determination and diligence.
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A disability claim can be expedited by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in one of several ways. If a person’s medical condition is terminal or is expected to end in death, his or her case can be flagged by the SSA for immediate processing. With supporting medical evidence from a doctor and the help of an experienced disability attorney, it may only take a few weeks to arrive at a determination. The second way a claim may be expedited is if the applicant meets the requirements for a “compassionate allowance.”
The SSA has a responsibility to provide benefits promptly to those who have applied and have medical conditions that are severe and their conditions blatantly meet up to standards of disability. Thus, as a retort to criticisms in regards to the delays of disability determination, the Social Security Administration provides compassionate allowances in certain cases for disabled workers who apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). A compassionate allowance provides expedited benefits to disabled applicants who have medical conditions that are so severe, they really cannot wait for their benefits to begin arriving.
Compassionate allowances help the Social Security Administration target the most seriously disabled applicants and approve their benefits as quickly as possible. In the Los Angeles area, if you apply for disability benefits, let an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer guide you through the process. Be sure to tell the attorney if you believe that you qualify for a compassionate allowance. A compassionate allowance is not part of a separate program from the SSDI or SSI programs.
If someone’s disability is determined to be a compassionate allowance condition, the Social Security Administration will approve that applicant’s benefits quickly – if the applicant submits medical records that support the claim. It can, however, take weeks and sometimes months for your medical providers to send your medical records to the Social Security Administration. Even if they receive a compassionate allowance, SSDI recipients must wait five months from their disability onset date before they may receive payments.
WHAT CONDITIONS QUALIFY FOR COMPASSIONATE ALLOWANCES?
Conditions that make an applicant eligible for a compassionate allowance include most cancers, ALS, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, some types of muscular dystrophy and muscular atrophy, and a number of other illnesses. For some medical conditions (ALS and esophageal cancer, for instance), a diagnosis with supporting evidence is enough to qualify an applicant. Other illnesses or conditions must be in severe or advanced stages; malignant melanoma, for instance, makes an applicant eligible for a compassionate allowance only when it has metastasized. Not all severe or potentially fatal illnesses – AIDS, for instance – are compassionate allowance conditions.
Using today’s technology, the SSA can quickly and easily identify potential compassionate allowance conditions and make quick decisions. Almost 200,000 people with serious disabilities have been granted compassionate allowances. The complete list of the conditions that make an applicant eligible for a compassionate allowance – more than two hundred – can’t be printed here, but the list is online at https://www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/conditions.htm.
If you suffer from any of the listed compassionate allowance conditions, speak right away to an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer. Even when a disabled person’s claim qualifies for a compassionate allowance, the Social Security Administration may require additional evidence of the disability. You may qualify for benefits, but proving your claim to the Social Security Administration can be a daunting challenge. Have an attorney’s help.
HOW ARE COMPASSIONATE ALLOWANCE CONDITIONS IDENTIFIED?
In 2011, the SSA reduced the paperwork burden for applicants with compassionate allowance conditions by eliminating the work and education history questions from the disability application. The Social Security Administration recognized at that time that this information is not necessary for making a determination regarding a compassionate allowance for a disability claim. The conditions that have been designated as compassionate allowance conditions are selected using the information that the Social Security Administration receives at public outreach hearings and the counsel of medical and scientific experts.
There is no specific or standard paperwork that is distinctly tied to compassionate allowances. Disabled persons with a compassionate allowance condition apply for benefits using the usual procedure for having claims filed for SSDI and/or SSI benefits. SSA will further the applications of individuals with a compassionate allowance condition. Unfortunately, being diagnosed with a compassionate allowance condition does not provide additional benefits. A compassionate allowance merely speeds up a determination regarding the claim.
WHAT IS QUICK DISABILITY DETERMINATION?
Quick Disability Determination (QDD) is another way that the Social Security Administration can expedite some disability claims. The Social Security Administration uses a predictive computer program to scan applications for factors that suggest a high likelihood that the applicant will be approved for disability benefits. Applications that qualify are forwarded to an SSA Quick Disability Determination group for review and a determination.
When a disability claim arrives at the QDD unit, a disability claims examiner will review it. A medical consultant’s review is a standard part of the regular Social Security Administration disability determination process, but if the disability examiner in the QDD unit wants to approve a claim based on the information in the application and medical record, the examiner does not have to ask for a medical consultant to review the file.
A Quick Disability Determination could be approved within twenty days if the medical records are complete and if the onset date (the date the disability began) is quickly and easily determinable. But if the stated onset date – the date when the disability started – is more than a few months back, the claim will probably be rejected for QDD and returned to the standard disability determination process. Additionally, if the QDD unit does not recommend a claim for approval, or doesn’t make a fully favorable decision, or disagrees with the recommendation of a medical consultant, the claim will go back through the regular disability determination process.
Social Security disability benefits are not designed for workers who are dealing with temporary or partial disabilities. Social Security disability benefits were approved by Congress with the presumption that short-term disabilities can be covered with workers’ compensation, health insurance, and other resources. Speak with an experienced Social Security disability attorney to learn more about the eligibility requirements for benefits and how Social Security makes disability benefits decisions.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefit payments are made available to disabled workers who’ve paid into the Social Security trust fund through their FICA taxes. When workers pay into the Social Security trust fund, it has the same effect as if they were purchasing long-term disability insurance. When a worker has paid enough into the program, that worker qualifies for SSDI benefits if he or she becomes unable to work. If a disabled person has not paid enough into the Social Security trust fund, that person may still qualify to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
Social Security disability benefits – whether through SSI or SSDI – are available only to those with a “severe, long-term, total” disability. “Severe” is defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a condition that interferes with basic job-related tasks. “Long-term” means the condition is expected to endure for a minimum of twelve months. And “total disability” means an applicant cannot perform “substantial gainful activity” – that is, substantial work – for at least one year.
Social Security Disability Insurance typically pays more than Supplemental Security Income, a needs-based program primarily designed to help low-income disabled, elderly, and blind individuals. If a person is disabled and unable to work, it’s very likely that person will be eligible to receive monthly SSDI or SSI disability benefit payments. However, even when someone is clearly and seriously disabled, it can take months and sometimes longer to be approved for Social Security disability benefit payments.
WHAT IF AN INITIAL BENEFITS APPLICATION IS DENIED?
When initial applications for Social Security disability benefits are denied – and most initial applications are – applicants must file immediately for an appeal and a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). If an applicant has not retained legal help from the very beginning of the process, this is the time to consult with an experienced California Social Security disability attorney. A disability lawyer can review an applicant’s case and application to make certain that the applicant is fully prepared for the appeal hearing.
While waiting to have a hearing scheduled or conducted, anyone who is disabled and cannot work may find it quite challenging just to make ends meet each month. While waiting to receive benefits, a disabled person will not want to have an income above $1,070 a month (or $1,800 if the person is blind). That’s because if someone’s income exceeds that amount, the SSA may consider the work “substantial gainful activity” which eliminates the need for any disability benefits.
HOW CAN SOMEONE SPEED UP THE BENEFITS APPROVAL PROCESS?
Is there any way to speed up the hearing-and-approval process for disabled people who desperately need to begin receiving Social Security benefits? The answer for many disability benefit applicants is yes. One strategy is to ask for an on-the-record (OTR) review, which means a review based on the medical records. If someone has already submitted overwhelming medical evidence to the SSA which proves beyond any doubt that he or she is disabled, then this is a good option. The applicant – or a California Social Security disability attorney representing the applicant – should submit a formal request to the SSA for an OTR review.
The goal of an OTR review is to have a disability claim approved without a hearing in front of an ALJ. If the ALJ is persuaded solely by the medical records that an applicant is disabled, disability benefits will be approved as a result of the OTR review and a formal hearing will not be required. OTR reviews can be requested through the SSA’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
Another possibility for speeding up the benefit approval process is to submit a “dire need” letter to the Social Security Administration. In a dire need letter, a disability benefits applicant must explain the hardship aspects of his or her financial situation, especially if that person is at risk for foreclosure, eviction, or not having the resources to pay for prescribed medications. A convincing dire need letter backed up by pertinent financial documents may persuade the ODAR to schedule an expedited hearing.
Evidence of dire need should accompany the letter including late notices from mortgage lenders, landlords, and/or utilities. A dire need letter should precisely spell out all of the financial hardships and threats to the applicant’s home and health that the applicant is facing. If an applicant decides on sending a dire need letter, he or she should do it with the advice and counsel of a good Social Security disability attorney.
A third option for speeding up the hearing and approval process is called a “congressional inquiry.” It simply means contacting the office of an applicant’s Congressional Representative or U.S. Senator about help with moving up the date of the hearing. Typically, what happens is that a member of the representative’s or senator’s staff will contact the SSA on the disability applicant’s behalf and ask for the hearing date to be moved forward. There’s no guarantee that this strategy will work, but for some applicants it has worked in the past and it certainly doesn’t hurt to try.
WHEN CAN SOMEONE EXPECT TO RECEIVE DISABILITY BENEFITS?
The application and approval process for Social Security disability benefits is long, confusing, and sometimes demoralizing. If a disabled person is approved to receive benefits, that person still should not expect to receive anything for six months to a year. While there’s no specific legal or administrative tool that a Social Security disability attorney can use to speed up the application and approval process, an attorney can help applicants write dire needs letters, compile the paperwork for an OTR review, or help an applicant prepare for an appeal hearing before an ALJ.
A Social Security disability attorney can also help applicants prepare and review the applicant’s case so that no mistakes or misunderstandings lead to any unnecessary delays. If someone is disabled, that person is entitled by law to disability benefits, and that is why the SSDI and SSI programs were created. Receiving benefits takes a great deal of patience, and frankly, far too much time. Congress – or the SSA itself – needs to find a way to speed up the procedure, but in the meantime, disability benefit applicants are encouraged to try the three methods suggested here for speeding up the benefits approval process.
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Was Your Claim Denied?
No matter what stage of an application process a person might be in, whether an application has yet to be filed or if one has already been denied, Tony Adderley can speak with applicants and provide sound legal advice on the steps that the applicant should take in order to keep moving forward with recovering benefits and coverage owed. Claims are denied for a number of reasons. Applicants often fill out the form incorrectly and are denied based solely on this fact, which could have easily been avoided if you worked with an attorney. Your claim may also be denied if it is determined that your injury is not serious enough to receive benefits. Having a disability can severely impact your ability to earn money and support yourself, so don’t delay when it comes to contacting an attorney for assistance with submitting a claim. The sooner that you call an attorney for help, the sooner your claim can be submitted and you can be approved for Social Security disability benefits.
Filling for Disability
As a disability and Social Security lawyer, Attorney Tony Adderley has encountered many situations where a client has inadvertently done things that had an adverse impact on their disability case. So Attorney Adderley has authored an ebook: Six Ways to Not Mess-up Your Disability Case. In this ebook, he explores the importance of gathering sufficient medical evidence and when (and when not to file a new disability benefits application. You’ll also learn why it’s so important to prepare for your medical examination and resolve any and all substance abuse issues that may arise. Additionally, Attorney Adderley explores why you should seek an early resolution to your case, along with how failure to review your hearing file could subsequently present roadblocks later in the case. With these tips and help from a qualified disability attorney like Tony Adderley, you’ll be well on your way to getting the Social Security disability benefits that you deserve! Check out Six Ways to Not Mess-up Your Disability Case today!
Mistakes When Filling
As a workers’ compensation and Social Security lawyer, Attorney Tony Adderley routinely encounters cases where errors and mistakes result in an unfair and unfavorable ruling on your Social Security case. So Attorney Adderley has created a video series, exploring some of the most common legal mistakes that can result in a less-than-favorable decision in your case, from missing medical records and accurate credibility determinations, to substantial evidence rules and consideration of prescription medication side effects. In Attorney Tony Adderley’s video series, you’ll learn about some common mistakes and how a qualified Social Security lawyer can help you avoid an unfair decision in your case. Contact Attorney Adderley’s Los Angeles law offices today by calling 310-507-9948.
Let Us Fight For You
If you have experienced an unfavorable decision appeal or are unsure about whether or not you would qualify for Social Security disability benefits, attorney Tony Adderley can help you determine whether or not you should file a claim. The Social Security Administration has two primary requirements that have to be met in order to qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits. To receive benefits, you must have worked in a job that was covered by Social Security, meaning you were contributing part of your earned wages to Social Security. The second requirement is that you have an injury which will prevent you from working for at least on year. Unfortunately, even if you meet both of these requirements, you will face countless obstacles before you receive the disability benefits that you deserve. Not every person that qualifies will be approved for benefits, which is just one of the many reasons why you need to hire Tony Adderley, an experienced Los Angeles Social Security lawyer.
THE TONY ADDERLEY SCHOLARSHIP – $1,000
The Tony Adderley Scholarship was created to provide an undergraduate or graduate college student with student government leadership experience with funds to help pay for his or her college education. It is Mr. Adderley’s hope that this $1,000 award will help a highly deserving college student to fulfill his or her educational dreams. Therefore he is delighted to offer deserving applicants the Tony Adderley Scholarship, which began accepting applications on April 25, 2016.
This is a $1,000 annual scholarship which can be won by an undergraduate or graduate student in any field of study. We always strongly encourage minorities to apply for immediate consideration.
Scholarship founder Tony Adderley adds this: “My law firm is particularly interested in applicants who have a background in student government, especially those who have officer experience in student government. I encourage all well-qualified applicants to submit their applications today.”
Would you like to be considered for this $1,000 scholarship? Please review the following requirements:
- You must either be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
- You are at least 18 years old.
- You are a part time or full time student in an accredited, US undergraduate or graduate university. Community college students also accepted.
- You did not have a salary higher than $35,000 in 2015.
- You possess an active email address.
Essay Topics & Submission Types
All applicants for this $1,000 scholarship must complete an essay in one of these areas:
- How has serving in student government readied you for a successful college and/or professional career?
- What was the most challenging situation you dealt with in student council – either personal or professional – and how did you resolve it?
- What was a particularly difficult problem in student government and how did you use your leadership skills to solve it?
- What are some strategic methods of making a college education affordable for everyone?
- What have you done to be a positive influence on someone younger than you and how do you think that will affect his or her future?
How to Submit Your Scholarship Application
The competition for this $1,000 scholarship is intense, so it is important that you follow these submission instructions:
- The essay must be 100% your own work and should pass Copyscape.
- It must contain no grammatical or spelling errors.
- It must be provided in a Word document with 12 point serif type.
- It must be at least 1,000 words and no more than 3,000 words.
Video Essay Alternative
Are you more verbally and visually oriented? We encourage students who wish to be creative with their essay to submit a video version if they like. Please submit your video to the email address provided later on this page. Your video should have high video and audio quality, and range from 3-10 minutes long.
Winner Selection & Recognition
The winner of the Tony Adderley Scholarship will be chosen within a week of the submission deadline.
Winning a scholarship is a big deal, and we will be sure to share the news of your achievement on our website. We will feature your name, biography and photograph.
We would like to stress how important it is that we are featuring you on our corporate website. Our site receives many thousands of visitors each year and having your profile featured prominently there is a major asset – one that you should utilize fully! Share the link to this webpage on your social media channels. Add the link onto your resume under Achievements. Be sure to mention the scholarship web link on your future college and job applications, as well.
Please submit your application between August 08, 2016, and December 31, 2016 at 12:00 AM EST.
If you have further questions about the scholarship, we would like you to send us an email to: TonyAdderleyScholarship@gmail.com. Use this as your subject line please: “Tony Adderley Scholarship Inquiry.” Thank you for your interest and we look forward to your participation.
Please review the application instructions below:
- Review eligibility requirements.
- Choose a topic for your written or video essay.
- Complete the essay and submit it to the email below.
- Please share your written or video submission on social media.
- Check your email address often after the contest closes; we will inform the winner by email.
- All essay submissions for this $1,000 scholarship should be sent to the following email address: TonyAdderleyScholarship@gmail.com. Please give us your name, age, telephone number, and city/state of residence.
Commonly Asked Questions
If I win, how will I receive the scholarship?
Certified U.S. mail.
Can I submit more than one entry?
No. Only one entry per person will be accepted.
Will my video be judged negatively if it is not 10 minutes long?
No. Videos need only meet the minimum requirement of 3 minutes. If you are able to convey your response to the topic in 3 minutes, that is acceptable and it will be judged only according to the content.
Do I need to cite the sources I used for my essay?
No. Essays are not required to include a works cited or references page, however, a plagiarism audit will be conducted. Only original works will be accepted.
- It is a general rule of thumb when conducting research to keep track of sources found and used. However, as part of applying for the scholarship, we do not require each submission be accompanied by a works cited page but, we do require each applicant keep and maintain an accurate record of sources used.
What if I want to revise and re-submit my entry?
If you submit your essay early and later want to revise it and re-submit, you may do so as along as it before the deadline, December 31, 2016 at 12:00AM EST. Or, if you accidentally send an older draft of your essay and realize it later, you also may re-submit before the deadline. 1 resubmission per applicant.
What if I don’t have an e-mail address?
If you do not have an e-mail address, there are free services available to you i.e. Yahoo and Gmail.
If you have any additional questions, e-mail them to: TonyAdderleyScholarship@gmail.com with the subject “Tony Adderley Scholarship Inquiry.”