In Stockton, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claimants who need one can wait as long as 15 months for a hearing, while other Californians are seeing wait times that are stretching as far out as 24 months. With such long waiting periods - it has been estimated that as many as 10,000 people died last year while waiting for an SSD hearing - it's crucial that claimants leverage every possible advantage they can. A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified one factor that seems to give some claimants an edge over others: a representative, such as an attorney.
California's workers' compensation system is very helpful when a Stockton resident gets hurt on the job. However, they are most effective when a person is laid up only temporarily, as the benefits will cover a good chunk of the worker's lost income and also reimburse their medical expenses.
Many people in the Stockton, California, area work hard and have families, yet quietly struggle with a drug addiction or with alcoholism. As such habits have a tendency to do, however, they eventually can take a toll on one's body and leave a person suffering with a debilitating medical condition that, quite frankly, they might not have developed had they not had a struggle with drugs or alcohol.
There have been many stories in the national news circulating recently about how long people in Stockton, California and other parts of the country are having to wait in order to have their denied claims for disability benefits under the SSDI program reviewed by an administrative law judge who has the power to overturn the denial.
As those who follow or even have perused through this blog know, our Stockton, California law firm helps victims of work-related accidents or illnesses get the workers' compensation benefits they need in order to pay off medical bills and cover their time away from work. We also help Californians apply for federal Social Security disability benefits.
Many people spend years working hard and going to school only to get hurt on the job. When people are injured in their chosen line of work, they are worried that they won't have a steady paycheck with which to support their family. Their injury may preclude them from returning to work in the future.
Social Security disability benefits are available to disabled individuals who are unable to work because of a physical or mental medical condition. Navigating eligibility requirements, the application process, and the appeals process can be complex to understand. The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits can be daunting but they are oftentimes badly-needed benefits.