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Social Security Disability Lawyers California

Hiring California Social Security Lawyers is often the only way to obtain all of your Social Security benefits. Construction, industrial and other California workers are sometimes injured as a result of workplace accidents. Individuals who suffer from chronic heart or lung problems, AIDS, depression and other similar problems or suffer disabilities that are drug or alcohol related are often eligible for Social Security Disability.

The resulting Social Security disability benefits can be paid under two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) benefits program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits program. The medical requirements for Social Security Disability payments are the same under both programs for most people. The process for proof is the same for a disabled worker.

Am I eligible for disability benefits?

Eligibility for Social Security Disability is based on prior work under Social Security. Eligibility for SSI disability benefit payments is based on financial need. There are other differences in the eligibility rules for the two programs, however the major distinction is that Social Security Disability insurance benefits are available for individuals who have worked in recent years and are now disabled.

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Permanent disability, long term disability, Title II benefits and lifetime disability are discussed in your Social Security Handbook in a general way. Your Social Security questions that are not answered by the Social Security Handbook should be referred to a Social Security lawyer.

Disabled Widow’s and Widower’s Benefits are paid to individuals who are at least 50 years old and become disabled within a certain amount of time after the death of their husband or wife who has worked under Social Security. Disabled Adult Child Benefits go to the children (disabled before age 22) of persons who are deceased or who are drawing Social Security Disability or retirement benefits.

Disability Insurance Benefits for Disabled Widow’s or Widower’s Benefits and Disabled Adult Child benefits are not affected by whether you are rich or poor. Benefits are determined by a review of a Social Security earnings record. Supplemental Security Income benefits are paid to individuals who are poor and disabled. SSI does not consider whether the applicant has worked in the past.

SSI disability benefits determination is different for children.

The advocates and attorneys at Disability Help Center, located in San Diego, California, are caring, competent and experienced in Social Security Disability benefits cases. For example, “Denied Benefits” (denial of benefits by the Social Security Administration) are quite common on the initial application. The lawyers at Disability Help Center routinely handle these and other Social Security issues and disability benefits appeals. Contact today for your free consultation with your California Social Security Disability lawyer!

How do I apply for Social Security disability benefits?

DC Metro Railway Accident Kills Two Veteran Workers

Public transportation rail systems and trains are potentially very hazardous—not only to pedestrians and patrons but to maintenance workers working on the system. Unfortunately, this proved true yesterday when two veteran employees of Washington, DC’s Metro system–Jeff Garrard, 49, and Sung Duk Oh, 68–lost their lives as they were crushed beneath a maintenance truck.

This tragic workplace accident happened around 1:45 a.m. on January 26, 2010, near Rockville, Maryland while the workers were installing new train control equipment on the track bed. They usually ended their shift at 11:30 p.m. but were working overtime at the time. The maintenance truck that hit the victims had four employees inside it. Jim Graham, chairman of the Metro Board of Directors said that “the tragedy was a direct result of human error.”

The victims were known to have impeccable track records and had not laxed in their services to Metro. With over 10,000 hours of experience between them, Garrard and Oh were fastidious and always careful. Yet, they lost their lives due to someone else’s carelessness and negligence. Both Garrard and Oh lived in Montgomery County, Maryland. Garrard is survived by a wife and teenage daughter (pictured above, photo courtesy of this Washington Post story). It is always very difficult losing a loved one. In normal circumstances it becomes hard to adjust to someone’s passing away. But if a cherished person loses his life to such carelessness, the wounds never seem to heal. Our prayers go out to Garrard’s and Oh’s family.

In addition, this is not an accident unique to Washington DC’s public transportation system. It could have just as easily happened in San Diego or anywhere in California’s many public transportation services. One has to wonder whether the late hours and long hours that the crews were working also played a factor in this industrial accident. Many times accidents like these occur when workers are fatigued.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a San Diego workplace accident, please contact San Diego industrial accident lawyer and the San Diego personal injury attorneys. You may also contact the San Diego truck accident lawyers for a free consultation and helpful information.

La Jolla Community Says Goodbye to 9-year Old San Diego Girl

The La Jolla, California community gave their final good wishes and thoughts for young Ashley Heffington’s soul on Sunday. Ashley was a 9-year old girl who died 12 days after her family’s car was hit by an SUV near the San Diego Sports Arena on New Year’s Eve. Locals visited the La Jolla Presbyterian Church to honor the little girl’s memory and have started a memorial fund to help out the family.

Ashley suffered major bodily injuries from the serious car crash before she finally succumbed nearly two weeks later. The driver of the SUV is suspected of driving under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the car crash. You can read more of the serious La Jolla car crash that took away this young girl’s life in this story.

We believe that tragic losses such as Ashley’s life are major eye-openers to everyone, reminding them about the importance of driving safely. It is important to be as clear-minded and as attentive as possible when driving, especially when traffic is the busiest. We hope and pray for Ashley Heffington’s soul to rest in peace and for the safety of all San Diegans.

If you or any of your loved ones are victims of a La Jolla auto accident and are in need of assistance, don’t hesitate to contact La Jolla car accident lawyer and the San Diego, CA personal injury lawyers for more information. You can also contact the San Diego accident attorneys for helpful information and a free initial consultation.

Recent Jury Verdict Demonstrates the Risk of Litigation

Clients occasionally seem to be puzzled by the fact that, sometimes, even if they win a trial they might not obtain any monetary recovery. They generally realize that they could lose a trial–that the jury might decide completely against them. But not receiving money for injuries after a jury decides in their favor? Unimaginable.

However, the following recent jury verdict shows that this can happen and demonstrates how it can happen.

Pfc. Jesse Klingler was injured when he was shot at close range with a blank round by an actor hired by a local TV production company. The TV production company was working with the Marines to conduct a simulated interrogation during a military training exercise. Pfc. Klingler was participating as an on-duty marine in the exercise.

A jury awarded Pfc. Klingler $91,000. However, due to litigation strategy, allocation of fault, and the jury’s verdict, Pfc. Klingler will not receive any portion of that verdict.