Los Angeles Back Injury Attorney
When a person suffers a mild to severe back injury, that person’s life, and his or her ability to work, can change forever. Herniated or bulging discs, vertebral fractures, and chronic pain can haunt a person who suffers a serious back injury. No matter how a back injury was sustained, if the injury prevents the afflicted person from working for a period of at least 12 months, then that person may be entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you have questions about your claim, or if your claim has been denied, contact Los Angeles back injury attorney Tony Adderley today.
Before they even apply for benefits, individuals who have sustained a back injury and who are unable or expect to be unable to work for at least 12 months are advised to contact an experienced benefits attorney for assistance through the SSD application process. For the highest chance of approval, an applicant must be able to show that he or she will be unable to perform “substantial gainful activities” in the workplace as a result if his or her back injury.
HOW SUBSTANTIAL GAINFUL ACTIVITY AFFECTS YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS
Substantial Gainful Activity refers to a certain level of work activity and earnings. For a work activity to be considered “substantial,” it must involve significant mental or physical activity, or a combination of both physical and mental activity. The Social Security Administration will consider whether you are able to engage in substantial gainful activity, before it decides whether you are eligible for benefits. Speak to a Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer to learn whether you are eligible for a claim.
Remember that you do not necessarily have to be engaged in full-time work for the Social Security Administration to determine that you are engaged in substantial gainful activity. You can be doing part-time work, and the work could qualify as substantial gainful activity. You have to be working for pay or profit, in order for your work to be considered as substantial gainful activity. Whether or not you engage in such substantial gainful activity is one of the primary factors that the Social Security Administration will take into consideration to address whether you are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
The amount that you must be earning as part of substantial gainful activity for you to be eligible for benefits, will depend on the nature of your disability. For instance, the limit may be much higher in the case of statutorily blind persons, and they may be able to earn much more and still retain eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. For persons who do not suffer from blindness, but suffer from other types of disabilities or impairments, the Substantial Gainful Activity threshold is much lower.
HERNIATED DISC INJURIES
Do you suffer from herniated discs in your back? If so, it is likely that you are unable to work because it is the discs in the spine that allow movement in your backbone. Herniated discs cause a great deal of pain and limit mobility, but unfortunately, they are one of the most common back injuries. Regardless of how you sustained your herniated discs, if you are unable to work you are entitled to monetary compensation.
If you were injured on the job and this injury resulted in the herniated discs, then you will likely be able to collect money from Workman’s Compensation, which your employer must have this type of insurance by law. The only requirement for Workman’s Comp is that you were injured on the job. You do not have to be permanently disabled to collect. If the injury took place anywhere besides work, maybe you don’t even know where it happened or perhaps it was a gradual injury, you can be covered financially by SSDI or SSI, depending on your situation. However, the process for collecting Social Security is never easy or uncomplicated. This is your livelihood here. You have rights and entitlements so it is best to retain an experienced Social Security & Workman’s Comp lawyer to get what is rightfully yours.
A Los Angeles back injury attorney is more than a helpful ally during these types of claims. They will review all of the facts to make sure a claim exists and, if one does, they can help you with the application and filing process. All applications and forms are redundant and complex and have to be filled out completely and accurately.
The SSA has a history of being strict when it comes to requiring proof of a back injury, and routinely denies applications from those with legitimate and serious injuries when they fail to provide the appropriate level of proof. If you have applied and been denied social security benefits, individuals are encouraged to seek the advice of a social security benefits attorney. Retaining a Los Angeles back injury attorney has been proven to offer the highest chance of approval in proving that you will not be able to perform “substantial gainful activities” in the workplace as a result of your back injury. Applicants who have a lawyer seem to get the fastest and most favorable results. However, it’s going to take time – sometimes more than a year. You’ll have plenty of paperwork to complete, and you’ll probably have to attend at least one hearing and maybe more. Because of the time that it takes, it’s important that you start the process as soon as possible so you can start receiving benefits quickly.
AN EXPERIENCED LOS ANGELES BACK INJURY ATTORNEY
Tony Adderley and his team are an experienced group of legal professionals who dedicate their services to helping individuals who have sustained mild to severe back injuries get the SSD benefits coverage that they deserve. He can help SSD applicants who have never applied for coverage or who have already been denied for coverage. Tony Adderley even offers not to charge his clients any fees for his services until he is successful at helping them secure SSD benefits coverage.