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Social Security Disability Lawyer in Sacramento

Helping Clients Throughout Sacramento County Get The Benefits They Deserve

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

Why Hire Our SSD Attorneys?

Smolich and Smolich provide you with an advantage you need, including:

  • 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

Andrew Smolich founded Smolich and Smolich in 1969. Our primary goal was 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.

Are you looking to apply for SSD benefits? Call Smolich and Smolich today at (916) 571-0400 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our social secuity disability attorney in Sacramento!

Qualifying Conditions For SSDI

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

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

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; many other conditions could qualify you to receive benefits. Suppose you have one of these conditions and need financial assistance from the social security system. In that case, providing as much valid and valuable evidence of your condition and its impact on your application is crucial to maximizing the chances of an accepted application.

Is There a Waiting Period for Social Security Disability Benefits?

One of the most important things to remember is that benefits do not begin on the date 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 and Smolich, our Sacramento Social Security disability lawyers can set the record straight on these myths and provide you with reputable legal advice to give your claim the best chance at success.

All New Claims Are Denied On First Application

Recent statistics 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 that there is no statistical way to back this up. Judges deny several claims, and the odds of your claim being denied mainly depend on your particular judge's acceptance/denial rates. While over 50% of claims heard in SSD court are accepted, there is still no guarantee that 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 receive both benefits simultaneously. 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 can help you better determine which programs you qualify for and provide highly personalized assistance for whichever applications you need.

Social Security Is For Older Workers

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

Contact Our Social Security Disability Attorney Today

We can answer questions about your eligibility for SSD and SSI. Do you want assistance with your initial application? Let us make sure 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 Social Security Disability appeals stages.

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 conveyed. When attempting to overcome a denied SSD claim, we ensure that your condition is communicated properly.

Contact Smolich and Smolich today to schedule a consultation with our Sacramento social security disability lawyer!

Recent Reviews

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    “I would totally still be lost in the red tape of the social security system without the help of my attorney Sarah Greer and my case manager Sarah Cummings. You ladies rock!! Thank you so much for all your help getting my award. I would personally recommend this law firm to anyone needing help with their claim.”

    Martha DelValle

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    Dustin Walker

  • 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

  • I am so happy to have such knowledgeable and helpful people to help during this difficult time. Sam was super responsive and always willing to answer questions, regardless how big or small.

    “My circumstances were a bit unusual - my husband applied for Social Security Disability, but unfortunately passed away during the review process. Sam and Sarah worked diligently to see the case through to the end, and provide our family the benefits we were owed. A special thank you to Sam, he was always very responsive, willing to go above and beyond, and willing to answer questions whether big or small. Thank you, Smolich and Smolich!”

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    “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