If you cannot work because of a disabling physical or mental impairment, you may be considering filing an application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Even though more than 12 million people currently receive benefits through those programs, the application process is difficult and results in most claimants receiving a denial letter.
Give yourself a better chance of getting financial help through the Social Security Administration (SSA) by retaining the services of a Santa Rosa disability benefits lawyer at Sackett and Associates. We have been helping people in California resolve issues with SSI and SSDI benefits for more than 40 years, and we can help you as well.
Helping applicants avoid common mistakes
The Social Security Administration handles claims for SSI and SSDI according to rules and procedures set by federal law and regulations that can be complicated and confusing. As a result, many claims are denied for reasons that could be avoided, including:
Failing to meet income limits: You must be disabled to be approved for disability benefits through SSI and SSDI. If you work in 2022 and earn more than $1,350 a month gross, you are engaging in substantial gainful activity and are not disabled according to the definition used by the SSA.
Failing to follow prescribed treatment: If the doctor treating you recommends a course of treatment or therapy for your disabling medical condition, failing to follow it may cause the SSA to deny you benefits.
Failing to respond to SSA requests: While your application is under review, Social Security may ask for another medical examination. If you fail to comply with the request, your application for benefits may be denied.
A Santa Rosa SSDI lawyer at Sackett and Associates knows how the disability claims process works. So, care is taken to prepare an accurate and complete application supported by medical evidence to prevent delays or denials due to avoidable reasons.
Don’t give up when a claim is denied
If you submitted an application for disability benefits and received a denial of benefits, Sackett and Associates could help you. Our Santa Rosa disability lawyer will review the claim and the reason for the denial to determine how we can help.
You have 60 days from receipt of an adverse determination to appeal it through the disability appeal process. A Sackett Law Santa Rosa SSI lawyer can challenge a denial through the following four levels of the appeal process:
Hearing with an Administrative Law judge
Appeals Council review
Federal court review
If you think that you cannot afford to hire an experienced Santa Rosa SSD lawyer, Sackett and Associates makes it affordable by not charging an upfront fee. Cases are handled on a contingency basis with our fees paid only after you win.
Speak to a Santa Rosa disability lawyer today
If you are disabled and unable to work, there is too much at stake for you to not at least speak with a Santa Rosa disability lawyer at Sackett and Associates. Find out more about how we can help you get the SSI and SSDI benefits you may be entitled to receive.