Firouzeh A Farzaneh
  Farzaneh Social Services
Disability Management Center

21241 Ventura Blvd Suite 146
Woodland Hills CA 91364 | Map


Who can claim Social Security Disability and how does it benefit you?

  1. You must be unable to do substantial work due to your medical condition, and
  2. Your medical condition must have lasted or expected to last for at least one year, or expected to result in death.

Social Security pays disability benefits to you and certain qualified members of your family, if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that prevents (or expected to prevent) you from working for at least 12 months or until your death.


Physical Impairments Mental Impairments
Arthritis Schizophrenia
Back or neck problem Bipolar disorder
Bone joint tissue problem Depression
Cancer Personality disorder
Chronic pain Mental retardation
Diabetes Post-traumatic stress disorder
Fibromyalgia Anxiety disorder
Herniated disc Sleeping disorder
Heart failure Organic Brain Disorder
Lupus Autism
Migraines Panic attack
MS (multiple Sclerosis)  
Rheumatoid arthritis  
Speech impairments  
Spine disorder  
Traumatic brain injury  
Vision loss  

Who can claim SSI and how does it benefit you?

Social Security pays disability through two programs:

  1. Social Security Insurance program; and
  2. supplemental Security income (SSI) program

SSI pays benefits to qualified disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.
SSI benefits also are payable to qualified applicants who are 65 years old or older without disability who have limited income and resources.

Applicants who have worked long enough may also be qualified to receive social security disability or retirement benefits as well.

Who can claim Retirement Benefits and how does it work?

When you work and pay social security taxes that earns you “credits” toward social security benefits. The amount of retirement benefit you receive depends on your social security tax contributions during your working career – higher lifetime earnings results in higher benefits.

Your retirement benefits payment level also depends at what age you decide to retire. If you retire at age 62 (the earliest retirement age for social security benefits) your retirement benefit will be lower than if you wait until you are older to retire.

Who can claim Widow or Widower or Spouse Benefits and how does it work?

Your widow or widower can receive reduced benefits as early as age 60 years old or, full benefit at full retirement age or older. They can receive benefits as early as age 60 years old, provided that he/she is disabled and his/her disability started before or within seven years of your death.

When a person dies certain family members may be eligible for survivors’ benefits. These include widows, widowers, divorced widows/widowers and children of departed parent(s) under special rule. If you have worked for only one or half a year in the 3 years immediately prior to your death, then benefits can be paid to your children and your spouse who is caring for the children.

Who can claim Child Benefits and how does it work?

When a parent become disables or dies, the social security benefits help to stabilize the family’s financial wellbeing. The child/children in this situation can get benefits the child/children is/are your biological, formally adopted child/children or dependent stepchild/stepchildren.

To receive benefit a child must have:

  1. A parent who is disabled or retired and entitled to social security benefits, or
  2. A parent who has died after having worked long enough and has paid social security taxes during that period.

Who can claim Medicare and how does it work?

Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people aged 65 years and older. Certain people younger than 65 years old can qualify for Medicare - including those who have disabilities and/or who have kidney failure. The program helps with the cost of health care but it does not cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long term care.