Social Security Disability Attorney / Lawyer
Helping you with your Social Security disability claim
At the Law Offices of Norman J. Homen our goal is to provide injured clients with the best results in a timely and cost-effective manner. For over 16 years, our outstanding team has remained dedicated to the rights and welfare of injured and disabled clients throughout Southern California including the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino.
SSI Disability Claims
- Have you been disabled and need to file for Social Security Disability or SSI Disability?
- Or are you under the age of 65 and are unable to work?
- Or have you applied for Social Security Benefits and been denied?
You have Social Security Disability Rights
Understanding SSD & SSI
Under the federal Social Security Disability Act, “disability” means the “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physician or mental impairment which can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months or result in death.”
Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income benefits or SSI is paid to individuals who are poor and disabled whether or not the individual has worked in the past. SSI child’s disability benefits are paid to children who are less than 18 years old, are disabled and the parents or guardian are poor.
By Law, anyone may file for his or her own Social Security Disability benefits. But statistics clearly show that claimants who have representation win their benefits much more often than those who apply on their own.
The government makes the process very difficult. Waiting lines are long. Forms are complicated. Benefits are often denied to people who have legitimate claims. And not just once; but they are frequently denied twice and sometimes more. As a result, many people who apply on their own become discouraged and intimidated. So they simply back off, give up, and go away, even when they are genuinely entitled to their benefits.
How much Social Security Disability or SSI benefits an individual will get depends on how much that individual worked in the past and earned during that time or in the case of SSI it depends on the individual’s claim circumstances. For disabled widow’s, it depends on how much the spouse earned and for a disabled child, it depends on how much the parent earned.
Stages of the Social Security Disability Claims Process
Don’t be surprised if you are denied at the Initial Stage (good reason why it is wise to have an Attorney). Only about 40% of the claims are approved at that stage. The next stage is Reconsideration Stage, about 20% of the individuals win at that stage. And the last stage, the Hearing Stage is where the individual actually has a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. The hearing is informal with only the Judge, the client and sometimes the Judge will have a vocational expert, and also may have a medical expert who will testify as to your ability to function effectively in the future.
You should speak to a Lawyer to address any specific questions about your particular Social Security Disability case.
Contact the Law Offices of Norman J. Homen at (866) 383-4529 today about your legal matter.