Applying for Disability in The San Francisco Bay Area

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits?

When you apply on your own for Social Security Disability benefits, you're asked to provide many pages of answers and documentation. Even a minor mistake can hurt your chances of winning benefits. It's extremely important that your forms be filled out accurately. We can help answer any questions you have about the application process. We're happy to discuss the details of your disability claim. Call us today, (800) 913-3000.

Whether Social Security considers you "disabled" is determined by your inability to work. Knowing that you cannot work is not enough to win Social Security Disability benefits. You must legally prove that you are "disabled" under the standards established under the Social Security administration.

The agency considers you disabled under its rules if:

  • You cannot perform work you were able to before;
  • They decide you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a complicated legal process. You must prove you are "disabled" according to the Social Security Disability Program legal definition.

Why do many people consider applying for benefits difficult?

Many people believe if they simply explain their situation to Social Security or bring in a doctor's note, someone will understand and award them disability benefits. Unfortunately, that's not the way Social Security works.

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a complicated legal process. You must prove you are "disabled" according to the Social Security Disability Program (SSDP) legal definition.

Why are most people who apply for benefits denied?

The Social Security Disability system involves thousands of complicated rules, regulations, and procedures. There are countless reasons the Social Security Administration will use to deny your claim. For example, a Social Security employee fails to obtain all your medical evidence, or the government used the wrong legal standard when evaluating your claim. Sometimes the government will even deny your benefits because they wrongly believe without good reason that your condition will improve. You may also lose your case if an appeal is handled improperly. For example, the specific medical opinion needed from your doctor to support your claim is not requested by your attorney.

If your claim has been denied, learn how we can help appeal your case.

How likely are you to win benefits?

At Sackett and Associates, we can help analyze your claim and help you understand the complex nature of winning benefits. Contact us today to learn more.

Sackett & Associates is a Disability Law Firm focusing on Social Security Disability. Our Disability Lawyers service Northern California, including San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Monterey, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Mendocino and Humboldt counties.

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