For Los Angeles residents suffering from a chronic health condition, everyday life can present challenges. A serious, long-term medical problem can cause significant pain and suffering and interfere with one’s enjoyment of life. In more severe cases, a chronic disease can make it impossible to work and earn a living. For people in this situation, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits for illness can provide much-needed financial help.
The application process for SSD benefits can be intimidating, however. Federal regulations impose strict guidelines as to the types of medical problems that will qualify a person for benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) also has a strict definition of what constitutes a disability that prevents a person from working.
Some people with legitimate claims are denied the first time they apply because they did not submit the right paperwork. Before approving a claim for benefits, the SSA requires detailed medical information, as well as documentation as to the applicant’s ability to function.
At the Disability Rights Law Center, attorney Alex Boudov devotes his practice to fighting for those who are unable to work due to a serious medical condition, mental or physical illness or serious injury. Mr. Boudov has over a decade of experience in this field. He knows what the SSA requires, and he knows how to assist clients by preparing the necessary paperwork, collecting the required supporting documentation and appearing on clients’ behalf at hearings. In the event a claim has been denied, Mr. Boudov can evaluate the options for appealing the decision, file an appeal and represent the client throughout the appeal process.