Has your application for Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits been denied? Have you given up on the process? Don’t give up. If you cannot work, you should appeal the denial of your application, and then appeal any denial of that appeal.
Why? Because the Social Security Administration rejects most applications for Social Security disability benefits. Even claims for severely disabled people are frequently denied. Failing to appeal is one of the biggest mistakes claimants for Los Angeles disability benefits make. The bottom line is that appellants are usually more successful in winning disability benefits than applicants. About two-thirds of initial applications are denied while over half of those who appeal are ultimately awarded disability benefits.
Our Los Angeles disability clients often ask us at what point they should consider legal representation. We advise disability claimants to file their initial application by themselves with the Social Security Administration in Los Angeles or wherever else they are located. There are Los Angeles disability claimants who are awarded benefits at this step, so there is no need to incur the expense of an attorney. However, once your initial application has been denied, we advise you to immediately seek the representation of a knowledgeable Los Angeles disability attorney as you have only 60 days to appeal the denial your initial application.
If you have not yet applied for disability benefits, you can file your initial disability claim by either telephoning the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 for an appointment, or you can complete your application online at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability.
Most Los Angeles disability claimants initiate their Social Security disability claims by telephoning the Social Security Administration, and having the staff make a telephone appointment for a claims representative to call the claimant back at an appointed hour. Or if you prefer, an appointment can be made to visit your Los Angeles Social Security office to complete an application in person. During the appointment, you will be asked basic information, which will be entered into a computer application form that will be printed and, if it is a telephone interview, will be mailed to you for signature, along with other forms to be completed and signed.
You also may visit a Los Angeles Social Security office without an appointment, but you may have to wait to speak to a representative. For suggestions about applying, see Tips for applying.
If you are considering applying for Los Angeles disability benefits, you are probably asking the question, “Will I qualify for Social Security disability benefits?” To qualify you must be found to be “disabled.” Social Security law states that you are “disabled” only if your physical or mental impairment is so severe that you are unable to do your previous work and you cannot, considering your age, education, and work experience, do any other substantial gainful work that exists in the national or local economy.
To determine whether you qualify for Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration in Los Angeles and nationally uses a five-step evaluation process to apply the above definition of disabled to your case. The five-step process can be complicated and involves a detailed analysis. The five steps, however, can be simplified to the following two questions: Is your physical or mental condition preventing you from working? And has this condition lasted for 12 continuous months, or is it expected to last that long? If your answer to both of these questions is “yes,” then it is worth beginning the process of applying for Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits.
If you want to know more about whether or not you might qualify for Los Angeles disability benefits, you will find these articles and video on our disability website helpful:
The Social Security disability application and appeals process can be frustrating and time-consuming. Claimants with representation have a better chance of a successful result, according to the Social Security Administration. We can help you through the process.
The most important thing a Los Angeles disability attorney can do for you is analyze your case to determine what needs to be proven for you to win Social Security disability benefits. Your attorney can then figure out how to prove it and gather the evidence necessary for your case. We will handle any of the specific tasks necessary to assist you with your appeal.
We will help you navigate through the necessary Social Security paperwork, making certain that your physical and mental conditions as you experience them are truthfully and effectively presented. We will develop the necessary medical data and opinions for your case. We can obtain reports from your treating doctors that are consistent with Social Security regulations. We will also refer you to specialists for additional reports that answer questions raised by Social Security regulations.
For your appeal hearing, we’ll advise you on how best to prepare for and testify at the hearing. At that hearing, we will object to improper evidence or procedures, cross-examine adverse witnesses and present a closing statement. We will present the best supported and most persuasive arguments at your appeal hearing.
One thing that is difficult for us, or any Los Angeles disability attorney, to do is speed up the disability appeals process because the Social Security Administration provides few opportunities for that. But we will work our hardest to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible. We will also always answer your questions about the Social Security disability process, and keep you informed of your case’s progress.
We focus on appealing denials and we will review your case for no charge if you have been denied at least once. If your disability claim was denied, let our experience and knowledge as Los Angeles disability attorneys work for you. Social Security disability cases are time sensitive – the sooner we get involved, the more likely we can help.
If you live in the Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, or Orange County areas and your application for Social Security disability benefits has been denied, we can help you file your appeal and present the best case possible at your appeal. We are available for phone consultations and same day appointments. For a free consultation, you can complete the short claim evaluation form to the right. We will respond promptly.