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Social Security benefits — either Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) — do not come automatically. In Sacramento and throughout Northern California, the majority of applications are initially denied. If you are in need of SSD benefits, if your claim was delayed, or if you believe your claim was wrongly denied, speak with our firm immediately.

What gives Smolich & Smolich the advantage you need?

  • Successfully represented thousands of injured people in California
  • More than 100 years of combined legal experience
  • Serving clients and their families since 1969
  • Free, no-obligation initial case consultations

Smolich & Smolich was founded by Andrew Smolich in 1969. It was our primary goal to secure the best possible result for injured and disabled workers. Over the years since our founding, we have achieved that goal and obtained Social Security benefits for numerous people whose cases were initially denied by the Social Security Administration.

If we do not recover for you, you pay no legal fees. Contact us online or give us a call at (916) 571-0400 for a FREE consultation.

What Disabilities Qualify You for SSD Benefits?

Due to the complexity and uncertainty surrounding the social security disability system and application process, many people are unsure if they even qualify to receive benefits, even if they have a condition that clearly prevents them from being able to work, either in limited or full capacity. The good news is that there is a wide variety of conditions that qualify you to receive benefits.

If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, it is strongly suggested you speak with one of our Sacramento SSD lawyers to find more about whether your conditions qualify you. Our team is deeply familiar with social security law and the application process, and we can help you submit an application that will maximize your chances of being accepted the first time you submit.

Some conditions that can qualify you for SSD income benefits include:

  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDs
  • Hepatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Severe anemia
  • Lyme disease
  • Lupus
  • Graves’ Disease
  • Loss of limb or digit
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Brain trauma

This is not an exhaustive list; there are many other conditions that could qualify you to receive benefits. If you have one of these conditions and need financial assistance from the social security system, it is important to provide as much valid and useful evidence of your condition and its impact with your application to maximize the chances of an accepted application.

Is There a Waiting Period for Social Security Disability Benefits?

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that benefits do not begin on the date that you were found disabled. There is a five-month waiting period before you can receive benefits. If you submit your application well after you were found disabled, you will only be eligible for 12 months worth of back benefits.

In other words, your benefits will begin on whichever date comes later, either 12 months before your date of application or five months after the date you were found disabled.

Common SSD/SSI Myths

Because the Social Security process is so complex and often leads to frustration after a denied claim, a number of myths have begun to circulate regarding the application process and other aspects of the Social Security programs. At Smolich & Smolich, our Sacramento Social Security disability lawyers can set the record straight on these myths and provide you with reputable legal advice that can give your claim the best chance at success.

All New Claims Are Denied On First Application

Recent statistics actually say that about one in three claims is accepted on its first application. Now, these are not particularly good odds (since roughly two out of three are denied), but the advice and experience of a skilled attorney can help maximize your chances of having your claim accepted the first time.

Disability Hearings Guarantee Claim Acceptance

The actual reality is there is no statistical way to back this up. Judges do deny a number of claims, and the odds of your claim being denied is largely dependent on the acceptance/denial rates of your particular judge. While over 50% of claims that are heard in SSD court are accepted, there is still no guarantee your claim will be.

I Cannot Receive SSD and Other Benefits Simultaneously

For people who qualify for both social security disability and supplemental security income, you could potentially receive benefits of both at the same time. While it is not particularly common, there is a chance you could potentially be awarded both forms of income. You may also be able to receive SSD and workers’ compensation benefits simultaneously. An SSD attorney will be able to help you better determine which programs you qualify for and then provide you with highly-personalized assistance for whichever applications you need.

Social Security Is For Older Workers

There actually is no age limit to qualify for SSD benefits, and in many cases, those who are younger actually require fewer work credits in order to be eligible to receive. Additionally, disabled children may be able to receive benefits if their working parent qualifies. While the majority of SSD collectors are older people, do not let your age stop you from discovering whether or not you qualify to receive the benefits you need.

Northern California Social Security Claim Lawyers – On Your Side Throughout the Process

We can answer questions about your eligibility for SSD and SSI. Do you want assistance with your initial application? Let us make certain it is done right the first time. Has your application been denied? Do not give up. You still may be able to get Social Security benefits. We will stand by your side through all stages of Social Security Disability appeals.

In all stages of the process, communication of medical details is critical. We must take the time to comprehend how your condition has prevented you from working, and we must convey that information to the Social Security Administration in a manner that can be easily understood. Many initial applications are denied simply because the information was missing or not clearly conveyed. Particularly when attempting to overcome a denied SSD claim, we make certain that your condition is communicated properly.

To discuss your case with our Sacramento Social Security Disability lawyers, call us at (916) 571-0400 or fill out an online case consultation form.

Recent Reviews

  • Without Smolich & Smolich taking my case I would have never gotten my benefits!!!

    “Without Smolich & Smolich taking my case I would have never gotten my benefits!!! Rob Smolich took my case himself and was so helpful in every step of the way. I cant say anything negative about Smolich & Smolich. I had a lawyer before him and he was way more personable. His office took all the stress off my back and made me feel at ease during the time period of waiting. Have nothing but good things to say about this company. They are completely professional!!!!”

    Dustin Walker

  • I was blessed the day I contacted this firm!

    “I was blessed the day I contacted this firm! Sarah Greer and Sam Eldaly we're an amazing team while handling my Social Security Disability appeal. They were very proactive, kept me up to date on the status of my case and we're always available to ease my mind. I am so thankful for the help I received from my team! They far exceeded all my expectations!”

    Mandie Lou

  • They know what it takes to win. Thank you all so much!

    “Thank you so much for your help. I was denied twice by social security disability. They are the most diligent and wonderfully. Yes it takes a while to get a hearing. If it wasn't for the great staff and attorneys here, I would have never been approved for disability. It was the best Christmas gift i received. They know what it takes to win. Thank you all so much!”

    Nanci Stewart

  • You were so proactive and informative, you really did take away so much of my stress during the whole process.

    “I sincerely apologize for the delay! I truly thought I had already sent this off to almost 3 months ago! Thank goodness I had someone helping me clean and organize the apartment last week. She found your letter behind my bookcase. I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your support and dedication throughout my case. You were a true blessing to me. You were so proactive and informative, you really did take away so much of my stress during the whole process. Just the fact that you returned a call so promptly was a very big deal to me. It let me know that I mattered to you, Sarah, and the firm. Thanks to the two of you I am finally settled in my own apartment and my mom was able to finally retire. So again, thank you from the depths of my heart for everything that you personally and your firm have done for me. You were true angels in my tie of need.”

    Mandie O'Malley