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Informed Lawyers Prepare California Social Security Disability Documents

Dedicated legal representatives help Californians receive SSD benefits

Disabilities can take anyone out of the workforce whether they occur unexpectedly at a young age or after many years of labor. Heard & Smith, LLP, has a team of lawyers committed to providing strong legal support for people dealing with all types of Social Security disability cases in California. We understand that the hardship and uncertainty resulting from a disability can be profound, so we strive to get our clients the financial protections they are entitled to under the law.

Skilled attorneys file SSDI and SSI claims for California residents

If you have an illness, injury or emotional condition that significantly limits your ability to work (a “total disability”) for a year or more, you may be able to receive payments and other benefits, such as health care coverage, from the Social Security Administration. The processes and standards used to determine eligibility can be formulaic and feel impersonal, so obtaining benefits is often frustrating for people unfamiliar with the legal system. We help individuals with disabilities file for:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) — SSDI is available to disabled individuals who have worked for a minimum period of time and paid Social Security taxes. SSDI benefits can also be paid to minor or disabled children of the disabled worker and to spouses who care for children or who are at least 62 years old. These payments are generally distributed monthly, either indefinitely or until the disabled individual is able to work again on a regular basis. To present a strong case for eligibility, we can help you complete all necessary forms and collect medical records and other evidence.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) — Financial need determines who is eligible for SSI payments and what amount they may collect. SSI benefits are available to disabled people regardless of their work history so they can pay for their basic needs. We are experienced in achieving favorable outcomes for SSI applicants.

Social Security disability payments can be a vital source of income. SSDI benefits are available to those with enough work credits and do not depend on income, but only people with very limited income and resources qualify for SSI.

Dedicated lawyers fight against benefit denials

If you were denied Social Security disability benefits or your benefits were terminated for medical or non-medical reasons, we will help you appeal the Social Security Administration’s decision. We build a compelling case by clearly and accurately presenting the relevant evidence. If a hearing is required, we can bring in witnesses and medical or vocational experts to support your claim.

You must submit your appeal within 60 days, so it is important to contact an experienced legal representative immediately after a denial. We have the experience necessary to argue for a favorable resolution to your case, and if you do not receive benefits or a back award as a result of our representation, you will not be charged for our services.

Get a free initial consultation for your California Social Security case

Contact Heard & Smith, LLP at 833-564-8839 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.


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