Do I really need a lawyer?
Absolutely. In filing a Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income case, you are filing a claim with the United States government and entering into a bureaucratic maze. Hiring a knowledgeable Los Angeles Social Security Disability Attorney that can effectively guide your case through the process and can be the difference in obtaining a successful outcome.
How do you get paid?
We earn a fee only if your benefits are approved. Our fee is paid out of the retroactive lump sum benefits up to a specific amount set by law. SSA makes the attorney fee payments directly. The law also requires that SSA approve our agreement with you in order for the attorney fee to be paid.
How much do you get paid?
Our fee is contingent upon your winning your claim and is 25% of the retroactive lump sum benefits up to a maximum amount, currently set by law at $6,000. In a few cases SSA also approves a higher fee.
How long will the process take?
From filing the application to the hearing before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) generally takes between 10-18 months depending on the hearing office your case is assigned to. We focus all our effort to obtain approval at the ALJ stage. For certain cases, we also pursue the claim through an appeal before the Appeals Council and the United States District Court which adds approximately one year to the processing time.
If I am awarded SSD or SSI benefits, how much will I receive?
Monthly benefits vary by the type of claim approved and your work history. In SSI cases, the maximum cash amount can be up to $1,000 for a couple. Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are based on the amount of monthly earnings during your work history.
Can my minor children get benefits if I am disabled?
Minor children of a disabled worker can be entitled to auxiliary benefits, depending upon the benefit awarded. The amount is approximately 40% of the disabled workers monthly payment.
What services do you offer?
We offer personalized analysis of your claim, devise the best strategies for ultimate maximum recovery, and execute on those strategies using our long-time honed expertise. We pay personal attention to each claim all throughout the process and especially in preparation for the Administrative Law Judge hearing. And we know how important it is for you to know the status of your claim so we return your phone calls within 24 hours.
Is there an age requirement?
No. Any individual of any age can be found disabled by the Social Security Administration. However, different rules apply to different ages.
If I was denied benefits based upon my initial application, can I appeal?
Yes. Many claims that are initially denied are awarded subsequent to an appeal. If your claim is denied upon Initial Determination, we appeal the denial by requesting a reconsideration determination and then a hearing before the ALJ. In case of an unfavorable ALJ decision, you can file an appeal with the Appeals council and even file a lawsuit in United States District Court if the case warrants it.
What should my first step be?
Contact us today at (888) 954-0064 for a an appointment, or fill out our free evaluation form and we will contact you.
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