Our Disability Attorneys Discuss Social Security
for Latino Workers in Los Angeles .
Social Security (including both SSI and SSDI) is an important issue for Latinos in the Los Angeles area – and all of California – for a variety of reasons unique to the Latino community.
Latinos Earn Less in the General Economy – Attorneys
Tragically, a U.S. Labor Department report released this month indicates that Latinos earn less than both whites and African Americans. In 2010 another study revealed that Hispanic workers earned an average of $535 per week, compared to the $765 average weekly earnings of whites and $611 average weekly earnings of blacks.
This means Latinos are able to save less for retirement – and therefore likely to be more dependent upon Social Security. Additionally, Latinos are less likely to work in places that provide private pension plans – again often making their Social Security benefits their sole or primary source of retirement income.
In fact, as a result, almost half of all Latino elders would live in poverty without Social Security benefits.
Latinos also statistically have longer lifespans than black or whites – which means they rely on Social Security for more of their retirement income and benefit over a longer period of time than most other population groups.
Latinos Have Higher Disability Rates – Attorneys
According to the Department of Labor, Latino population also has a higher rates of disability, and as a result are more likely to collect benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance program. In 2000, for example, the disability rate for Hispanics was 16.7% – almost 5% higher than the general population disability rate of 11.9%.
Contributing to this is the unfortunate fact that Latino workers are more likely to work in dangerous or hazardous occupations – including manual labor, outdoor occupations and operating machinery.
We Are Social Security Attorneys for the Latino Community in LA
As Latino attorneys we understand the unique needs of the Latino community. Senior partner Mario Cruz is a is a proud member of the Mexican American Bar Association, as well as founder and officer of the Latino workers’ rights organization Latino Comp.
Mr. Cruz, and members of his support staff, are is fluent in Spanish. We are here to help the Latino community get the Social Security compensation that they deserve.
If you are a member of the Los Angeles area Latino community, and you are having trouble collecting your Social Security Disability, or any other benefits, please call our office for a FREE consultation. Our attorneys can help you & your loved ones – in Spanish or English – collect the Social Security benefits you deserve.