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When you have become disabled after years of hard work, you can be provided an income by the federal government. However, in the state of California, you have to fulfill a few requirements before you are eligible for Social Security benefits. If you are denied Social Security Disability benefits or if you need help applying for them, speaking with a lawyer can help you figure out what to do next.

With the help of a supportive Social Security Disability law firm, you can receive the income you deserve. Contact Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld for a free consultation if your benefits have been denied or if you need help applying for benefits.

How Santa Barbara Social Security Disability Lawyers Stand Up for You

When you become disabled, you should receive benefits to help keep you financially stable despite your inability to work full-time. If you suffer from serious disabilities, there is no waiting period, and you can be approved immediately. A compassionate attorney who understands how important your benefits are to your livelihood can represent you if you aren’t receiving the compensation you deserve. The attorneys of Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld have been fighting for workers for over six decades, and we are ready and eager to help you, too. 

It’s not always easy to reach out and ask for help, but going through the process with an attorney by your side can be a weight off your shoulders. We have a long history of helping clients navigate this complex process and we’re proud to serve our community. And not only do we help you apply for your benefits, we’re here to help you appeal your case if your claim has been denied as well.

HOW DO I GET SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY?

We’ve prepared a handy guide for you, and it’s located here:

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What is the First Step a Lawyer Takes to Appeal My Case?

After you receive the notice of a decision regarding your Social Security Disability case, you can initiate the appeal process. This comes in four stages:

  • Reconsideration
  • A scheduled hearing with the administrative law judge
  • The Appeals Council review
  • The Federal Court review

Your attorney will first walk you through the reconsideration. They will ask you why you believe that you deserve compensation and inquire about the nature of your disability. Once you answer them honestly, they will find out why you were denied or provided a smaller amount by analyzing the paperwork. If they spot errors, they can fix this when they submit your appeal for reconsideration. The reconsideration requires new medical evidence that demands a redetermination. There are also non-medical reasons for filing an appeal. 

If the reconsideration does not help, then you can request a hearing. Because you have the right to representation, your attorney can argue your case and point out key evidence to the judge. If you are dissatisfied with the hearing results, you can request an Appeals Council review if the administrative law judge dismisses you. Again, your attorney can represent you and clarify why you deserve compensation or an increase in benefits. If you are still denied benefits, you can file an appeal for a Federal Court review. 

Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld is by your side every step of the process. We promptly answer your questions via email or phone or by welcoming you into our Santa Barbara office. We exhaust our resources to obtain justice for you. You can read our client testimonials to find out how we take the stress out of the process for our clients who have been denied their rightful Social Security Disability benefits.

What Makes Me Eligible for a Disability Claim?

You have to be totally or partially blind, have a severe disability, or have a medical condition that prevents you from working for an entire year. These benefits also include children of any age who are blind or have severe disabilities. The disabilities have to meet specific medical conditions and be evaluated by a licensed professional. The list of impairments includes the following:

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Cardiovascular System Disabilities
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Digestive System Problems
  • Special Senses and Speech Disabilities 
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Immune System Disorders
  • Hematological Disorders
  • Skin Disorders 
  • Genitourinary Disorders
  • Congenital Disorders That Affect Multiple Body Systems 
  • Mental Disorders
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Cancer Diseases 

You would have to undergo specific medical tests that prove that you are legally disabled for any of these diseases. Your physician will then issue a statement testifying that your medical condition meets the requirements for Social Security Disability benefits and prevents you from working a normal job.

Work With a Social Security Disability Lawyer in Santa Barbara, CA

Work with Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld where an experienced lawyer will handle your case; we understand what is required for you to receive the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve. Contact Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld for a free consultation, or call us at ​​805-214-8888 so we can get started with helping you.