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. You can do this at your local district office, online or by phone. If your claim is denied, our Santa Barbara Social Security Disability attorneys will help you determine why you were turned down and how you can file an appeal.
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.
Social Security Disability benefits are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). To qualify for these benefits, you must meet the following criteria:
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.