Southern California Social Security Disability Attorneys
If you have become disabled and cannot continue working, you may be entitled to receive social security disability benefits. Unfortunately, receiving benefits usually requires more than just filling out a form. In fact, about two-thirds of all applications are initially denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The law firm of Pisegna & Zimmerman helps people in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties apply for and receive the benefits they deserve. We fight for our clients before the SSA and in court, helping to ensure that you are treated fairly and can begin to receive the benefits to which you are entitled.
Disability is Strictly Defined
The Social Security Administration applies a strict definition to decide whether your disability qualifies you for SSD. Basically, the SSA would have to determine that you are unable to do the work that you did before, you cannot adjust to other work because of your condition, and your disability has either lasted for more than one year or is expected to last for more than one year or result in death. The idea behind this strict definition is to only pay for permanent, total disabilities. The government expects you to find other ways to get by if you are only partially or temporarily disabled, such as worker’s compensation in the event your disability is work-related.
Most Social Security Disability Applications are Denied
It may seem strange, but the vast majority of applications for social security disability benefits are initially denied by the Social Security Administration. Many people never get benefits, either because they don’t know there is anything they can do if their benefits have been denied, or because they do not believe there is any point in trying to fight the system. But the fact is you have options even if your application is initially denied.
First of all, you have the right to file a request for reconsideration hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). If you are not successful before the ALJ, you can appeal to the Appeals Council. We will even take your case to federal court if your benefits have been unfairly denied at the administrative level.
Help With Your Application Right From the Start
Some attorneys are only interested in hearing from you after your application has been denied. We want you to be successful and begin receiving benefits as soon as possible. If you are concerned that your application may be denied, we will work with you right from the start, helping you determine your eligibility and completing the application to give the best chance of having your application approved the first time.
If you are unsure whether you qualify for benefits, or if you have applied for benefits and been turned down, contact Pisegna & Zimmerman for a free consultation to discuss your rights and options regarding social security disability.