How Much Will I Get Per Month on SSI (Supplemental Security Income)?

Unlike Social Security Disability benefits which are paid based on what an individual has paid into Social Security, SSI benefits are paid based upon whatever the set rate is for the year.  To that set rate, an additional supplement may be added based on what state you live in.  In 2020, individuals collecting SSI in […]

Q&A –Options for Meeting with Christina Miller & Associates Disability Firm

Question:  Businesses in our county keep closing and opening.  Are you open for in person meetings? Answer:  Our office is required to follow the shelter in place orders that are set by the local and state government.  With that said, when we are allowed, we are meeting clients face to face in our Vacaville office.  […]

How Long Can I Collect Social Security Disability Benefits?

This is one of my favorite questions to answer.  I like it because it’s straightforward and more importantly, it’s good news!  Once you are approved for Social Security Disability benefits or Adult Supplemental Security Income benefits, your benefits are paid for life!  SSD and Adult SSI benefits are considered permanent disability benefits, therefore, they continue […]

New Film, “The Witches” Under Scrutiny from Multiple Disability Rights Groups

What is a story without a good villain?  Our heroes simply cannot personify courage and perseverance without a counter part that represents evil.  Right?  What is interesting is the fact that villains (at least in children’s stories) are always hideous and frightening.  Think about it.  Name a Disney movie where the villain is attractive with […]

Can a Disability Claim Be Reopened Once It’s Closed?

Yes!  In some situations, a prior claim that is closed can be reopened.  When a new client comes into our office, we always discuss whether or not they have ever filed for disability or SSI benefits in the past.  If they have, we look to see if the prior claim(s) can be reopened.  This is […]

Age and Qualifying for Social Security Disability

While a person of any age can qualify for disability benefits, it is important to understand that age can play a very significant role in the Social Security Administration’s analysis of a claim.  The SSA uses a multi-step system in order to determine if someone is disabled under their rules.  Certain conditions fall into specific […]

Calls from SSA or a Scammer? 

If you have a claim for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pending with the Social Security Administration, then you have likely received one or more calls from the SSA.  Representatives within many branches of the SSA often reach out via telephone to get information concerning your claim and to ask you various […]

Understanding the Most Common Disability Programs

My firm gets countless calls of folks who need guidance concerning the various disability programs that they have heard about.  Here is a short summary of each of the most common. 1.  Short Term Disability:  This is a benefit through the Employment Development Department for the State of California (the same people who handle unemployment […]