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When a workplace injury has left you unable to work permanently, you are entitled to claim social security disability. These regular payments are intended to provide you with an income while you are unable to work for a year or more, due to either a physical or mental condition. Despite being entitled to claim this benefit, you may find that your application is denied, as numerous valid claims are initially rejected. It is understandable that this may be an upsetting experience, however, you should not simply accept it. Hiring an experienced Santa Clarita social security disability attorney from Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz could be your route to successfully appealing the decision.

The process required for appealing a rejected social security disability claim can be a long and complex one, which is best delegated to an expert lawyer with specific experience of winning similar cases. At Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz, we can promise that this is exactly what you will get.

Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability Insurance, which can also be referred to as SSD or SSDI, is designed to provide monthly benefits to those who have been rendered unable to work for a year or more, due to a physical or mental workplace illness or injury. The amount you are entitled to receive will be based on your previous payments into the system through payroll taxes, up to a maximum capped limit. In order to claim, you must be able to provide evidence of being disabled and, therefore, unable to work for at least twelve months. Although our Santa Clarita social security disability attorneys tend to focus on work-related SSD claims, our skills can also be applied to those claims which have arisen from other circumstances. If you need expert legal representation on an SSDI matter, we will consider your case.

Any type of physical or mental disability could qualify you for receipt of social security disability benefits, and our lawyers have successfully recovered this for all manner of circumstances. To provide some examples, the common injuries we are approached to claim SSDI for tend to include:

  • Herniated disk and other back and neck injuries
  • Orthopedic injuries (broken bones)
  • Heart disease
  • Lung ailments
  • Liver failure and kidney disease
  • Complications of diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Arthritis and inflammatory diseases
  • Depression and bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders and panic attacks
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

How Can I Use My Disability Benefits?

If you are approved for disability benefits, you can use the money paid by the SSA for anything you choose. There are no restrictions enforced by the SSA when it comes to using the benefits. However, our Santa Clarita Social Security disability attorney recommends paying all of your living expenses first before using any of the money for fun or other items. Benefits can be used for going to the movies, buying someone a gift, paying your insurance, paying down debt, and anything else you deem necessary. Consult with a Santa Clarita Social Security disability attorney at your convenience.

How Can a Santa Clarita Social Security Disability Attorney Help with My Claim?

A Santa Clarita Social Security disability attorney is vital to succeeding when filing a disability claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Why? An experienced disability attorney will be able to pinpoint mistakes or missing information on your claim that often lead to the SSA denying claims. Even if your illness or injury is valid, the SSA might still deny your claim if the paperwork is not completed properly or if you do not include enough medical evidence from the doctor. For these reasons alone, you should work with an experienced attorney regarding your claim for disability benefits in Santa Clarita.

A Santa Clarita Social Security disability lawyer will do the following when working on your claim:

  • Examine the claim for missing information or incorrect information
  • Ensure that the proper medical evidence is included when the claim is filed
  • Determine if your illness or injury meets standards set forth by the SSA
  • Determine if there is additional information you can include to better increase the chances of your claim being approved

Is There an Appeals Process for a Denied Disability Claim?

Yes, there is an appeals process available for a denied Social Security disability claim in Santa Clarita. If your initial claim is denied, it’s important to speak with a Santa Clarita Social Security disability attorney before filing an appeal. You can increase your chances of the appeal being approved if you work with an attorney. The appeals available to you include the following:

  • Reconsideration: Within 60 days of the initial claim being denied, our attorneys will ask the SSA to reconsider the denial of the claim and approve you for disability benefits.
  • ALJ Hearing: The next appeal available to you is to have a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The judge will hear your testimony and arguments from your Santa Clarita Social Security disability attorney on your behalf before making a decision about your case.
  • Appeals Court: You can then file a written appeal with the appeals court in Virginia. You do not need to make an appearance in person when filing this appeal.
  • File a Lawsuit in Federal Court: Your final option when appealing a denied disability claim is filing a lawsuit in federal court. If the lawsuit is not decided in your favor, you have no other avenues to securing disability benefits for your illness or injury from the SSA.

Discuss Your Case with an Esteemed Santa Clarita Lawyer Today

Our 60 years of experience as workplace injury attorneys will stand us in good stead while pursuing social security disability relating to any illness or injury. Some of the steps we will take while working on your behalf will include:

  • Reviewing and updating your medical records
  • Interpreting the medical jargon used while rejecting your initial claim
  • Resubmitting your claim for formal consideration
  • Preparing for, and attending, an administrative law judge (ALJ hearing)
  • Escalating any rejected ALJ decisions to the Appeals Court

No matter how complex your case is, or becomes, you can be certain that your case is in good hands when you hire a social security disability attorney from our firm.

For your free initial consultation, call us today at 800-747-3447.