Saturday, December 3, 2022

SOCIAL SECURITY FAQS : How long will this take?

It is impossible to answer this question. A great deal depends upon the type, the quality, quantity and speed with which medical documentation reaches the Social Security Agency from you. This is a more challenging process than people realize. The single biggest reason claims are wrongly denied is that the decision maker does not have all of the right facts. Many people try going it alone; they get denied initially and give up. Being in pain, having more bills than money, being alone while facing a big government agency are too much for most people. At Hodson and Mullin, our clients are never alone. We do not give up. We get the records. We talk with your doctors, your co-workers, your friends. We wrap up the evidence in a package the Social Security Agency needs to see. We take on the Agency so you can take care of your health and your family.

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Vacaville, CA 95688
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Fairfield, CA 94533
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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

SOCIAL SECURITY FAQS : Who qualifies?

There are two parts: Financial and Medical

Financial:

There are two basic Social Security programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) which is what it says: Insurance – if you have been working full time before you were disabled, you have probably paid enough through taxes to qualify financially, but every case is different. If you qualify, so do minor children you support. A typical benefit is $1,100 per month and additional amounts for minor children in your household who you support. If you win, you can get benefits as far back as a year before the date you first filed. But, every case is different.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides a very small amount of money (less than $850 per month) to people who live at or below the poverty level. If you win, you do get paid for the time you have been waiting to get your case heard.

Medical: There are five hurdles to Medical eligibility.

  1. Are you working? You don't have to be bed-ridden to qualify. This is why so many people who get Social Security benefits may not look like they should qualify if you see them on the street. Only you know how you feel and what you can do. Don't give up hope just because someone else doesn't believe you.
  2. Do you have a medical impairment? Basically this means a diagnosis of something that limits your ability to work. Here, unlike Workers Compensation cases, they don't look at just one injury, illness or consequence. Everything counts. Does pain or pain medication limit your ability to concentrate? Are unscheduled breaks necessary for you? Are you out of breath or fatigued because you can't sleep? It is the combination of things and what a medical professional says about them that matter.
  3. Some medical impairments, like blindness and terminal cancer, are so severe that there are special rules and the case may be processed more quickly. There is a long list of these conditions. Every case is different.
  4. Can you do the easiest job you have done in the past 15 years? They don't just look at the most recent job you have had. If you have had a sit-down job in the past 15 years, it is legally significant even if you have done heavy labor for the past 10 years.
  5. If you can't do your past job, other factors (age, education, job skills and difficulty with English) will make it harder for you to go back into the work force. It does not matter whether you could actually find a job. It is your “vocational profile" and what the medical professionals say your maximum physical capacity is that count.

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Vacaville, CA 95688
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Fairfield, CA 94533
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Sunday, November 27, 2022

What To Expect In A Personal Injury Trial


Dealing with a personal injury and wondering what the trial process is like? You are not alone in your confusion. The legal process around personal injury settlements and trials can be very confusing. The good news is that the vast majority of personal injury cases are settled before trial—this type of resolution is much quicker and cheaper than a trial and allows you to get the much needed funds to recover for the losses you sustained following your accident.  When a settlement is not possible, your case will then proceed to a trial.

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Vacaville, CA 95688
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Fairfield, CA 94533
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Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving.


Happy Thanksgiving, we hope you have an enjoyable celebration.

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Monday, November 21, 2022

SOCIAL SECURITY FAQS : Do I Really Need A Lawyer?

You can file with no help from anyone or you can get help from friends and family or you can pay someone. There is no requirement that a person be a lawyer or be certified in order to help you file a claim for benefits. This is a highly technical process – like wiring a house or laying ceramic tile, anyone can do it and like anything, you get what you pay for. You may not need “a lawyer” but you do need someone who knows the law, who knows medicine and who knows how the claims process works.

We know how to use the right words to get your claim started the right way. We know how to get the right evidence to the right place at the right time. We know how to get your claim approved in the shortest amount of time.

Schedule an appointment with us today at our Vacaville or Fairfield offices!

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Vacaville, CA 95688
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Friday, November 18, 2022

Personal Injury And Your Legal Rights


If you've been involved in an accident or otherwise injured, you may be wondering if you have any legal rights.  This is especially true if the medical bills are substantial or you've suffered a substantial injury.  In general, if your injury is someone else's fault - even partially -- your legal claims should be evaluated.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

SOCIAL SECURITY FAQS : How do I apply?

You can apply in three ways:

  1. By using the Social Security Website on-line www.ssa.gov
  2. By going to any Social Security Agency Local office. You do not need an appointment, but one is recommended. You can find your local office on the Social Security Website www.ssa.gov and
  3. By calling the Social Security National toll free phone number, 800-772-1213.

You do not need an attorney to apply. There is no fee to file a claim for benefits.

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VACAVILLE OFFICE
601 Buck Avenue
Vacaville, CA 95688
707.452.9606

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Fairfield, CA 94533
707.421.7800

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