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Getting Social Security Disability Benefits In California

If your disabilities prevent you from being able to work at all, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. These benefits are available to people who have paid into the Social Security system during their working lifetime but who are now disabled and unable to perform any sort of work due to injury or illness.

Individuals who belong to certain employment retirement systems may also be eligible to receive disability retirement benefits. The best way to begin the Social Security Disability benefit process is to file a claim. We offer free Social Security Disability application help or you can submit your application on your own by phone, by email, or in-person.

Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld is dedicated to helping California workers receive all the benefits they are entitled to under the law. We only represent individuals, never employers, insurance companies or government entities. We have more than 65 years of experience in workers’ comp and other disability benefits, such as Social Security Disability. Let us put that experience to work for you.



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Are You Eligible For Social Security Disability Benefits?

Social Security Disability benefits are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). To qualify for these benefits, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your disability must prevent you from being able to perform your normal job for at least 12 months
  • You cannot adjust to doing other forms of work because of your medical condition
  • You must have worked at jobs where you paid Social Security taxes for a certain duration of time, depending on your age OR must be so financially depleted in available resources that you meet SSA requirements which currently are no more than $2000 for an individual or $3000 for a family.

We can help you determine if you’re eligible for Social Security Disability and navigate the application process. If you’ve already been denied Social Security Disability benefits when you reach out to us, we will review your denied application to determine what information may have been missing, and what needs to be done to appeal your case. Our lawyers will represent you at the administrative hearing, appeals process and potentially Federal Court as well as be your advocate throughout the process.

If your appeal is successful, you may be entitled to ongoing monthly payments, retroactive payments going back to the onset of your disability and MediCare or MediCal insurance benefits.

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