Disability, SSI and Social Security Assistance in Sacramento
You may need disability benefits because of a physical or mental disability or injury. However, the disability filing process can be cumbersome. The Social Security Administration (SSA) initially denies most applications, which is why an experienced disability attorney from Mastagni, Holstedt, Amick, Miller and Johnsen in Sacramento is vital for receiving benefits.
We also serve San Francisco, Oakland, Stockton, Modesto, and surrounding areas throughout California. We help claimants at all stages of the process, from the initial filing of the application through Federal Court. Contact us online or cal 1-877-212-6907 for a free consultations
Filing the initial Social Security Disability application
Claims can be filed with the SSA by mail, in person, online or by telephone. The SSA and your state Disability Determination Services (DDS) process your claim. Field offices verify non-medical requirements such as employment and Social Security payments made. The role of the DDS is to evaluate medical information and obtain additional information by talking to you or the treating professional through a consultative examination (CE). If the DDS determines you are disabled, you start receiving benefits. If the DDS denies your claim, it keeps your file in case you appeal the decision.
Appealing a denial
You have 60 days from the date you receive the denial letter to appeal the decision. Getting legal help is crucial because lawyers understand the process in depth. They can spot missing information and know how to present the claim in a favorable light.
There are four levels of appeal, including the following:
Reconsideration. A different Social Security representative reviews your appeal and examines existing evidence and any new evidence submitted. The representative then renders a reconsideration decision.
Hearing. Our attorneys can request a hearing with an administrative law judge. You, your attorney and any witnesses, including medical or vocational experts, appear at the hearing to present new evidence, clarify existing evidence and answer the judge’s questions. You receive a copy of the judge’s decision in the mail.
Appeals Council. The Appeals Council can deny the request for review if it believes the judge's decision was correct, or it can return the case to the law judge for further review. If denied, you receive a letter explaining the denial. You also receive a letter with a new decision if the Council reviewed the case.
Federal Court. This is the last and highest level of appeal, and our attorneys can file a lawsuit with the federal district court to review your case.
Strong advocacy for Social Security Disability benefits
Our attorneys at Mastagni, Holstedt, Amick, Miller and Johnsen in Sacramento have extensive Social Security Disability/SSI experience and the know-how to obtain Social Security Disability benefits for clients. Whether you have already been denied or want help filing an initial application, we can help.
Contact us online or call 1-877-212-6907 for a free consultation.