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What if Your Disability Benefits are Too Low?

 A Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorney can provide you with assistance qualifying to receive disability income from the Social Security Administration (SSA) if your medical issues prevent you from being able to have a job. 

Social Security Disability benefits are an important lifeline if you can't earn income because medical problems stop you from working. However, many recipients of disability benefits struggle to make ends meet with the money they receive from the Social Security Administration. 

What if Your Social Security Disability Benefits are Too Low? 

If you are receiving income from the Social Security Administration and you are struggling, the first thing to do is make sure you've maximized your benefits. For example, if you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your benefits may be lower than if you were receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). 

You can't qualify for SSDI unless you have earned a sufficient number of work credits, but if you are eligible, your benefits are based on your past wages and may be higher than the benefits you get from SSI. 

If you are receiving the maximum benefits you can from either SSI or SSDI, then you can look into qualifying for other government programs that provide you with financial help, such as good stamps.

You'll need to be careful about earning income while receiving benefits, as you may become ineligible to continue SSI or SSDI if you work too much. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can provide insight as to whether you are maximizing your disability income and can also help you to explore the possibility of qualifying for other benefits programs.  Contact an attorney today for help. 

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