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SSD Application Process

Applying for Benefits? We May be Able to Help!

The social security disability benefits application process can be a stressful and overwhelming experience to attempt to undergo on your own. The Social Security Administration estimates that about two-thirds of all claims they receive are initially denied.

When you are in need of this financial income to sustain your life, reducing the chance of being denied is vital to your life. Retain the services of a skilled Sacramento social security disability attorney for assistance and seek legal help. At Smolich and Smolich, we have served the injured and disabled in Northern California for over 40 years.

Do you want to apply for social security disability benefits? Call Smolich and Smolich today at (916) 571-0400 to get a free consultation!

How to Apply for SSD Benefits

The application process for social security disability benefits is a complex one, requiring a keen eye for detail to ensure the proper steps are followed. An experienced attorney can assist you with this by ensuring your paperwork is filled out properly and advise you on the proper documents to include.

The process for applying for SSD benefits includes:

  • Determine if you have a Case: Our attorney will be able to determine whether or not you have a case after hearing your story. If so, they can advise you on the proper supporting evidence documentation that you should include with your application.
  • Submit Your Application: Fill out the proper paperwork, have it checked for accuracy and completeness by your attorney, and then submit it to the Social Security Administration along with your supporting evidence.
  • Wait for your Decision: Your decision may take three to five months to process, but occasionally may take longer.
  • Appeal your claim: if your claim is initially denied, you may opt to appeal or have a disability hearing. Your lawyer will help you prepare for this process if you wish to pursue it.

Get Help With Your Case Today

Our skilled team has recovered millions of dollars in benefits on behalf of our clients and may be able to help you too using a thorough knowledge of the laws and processes involved with social security disability benefits. We provide detailed and personalized service to all of our clients, working tirelessly to make sure their SSD needs are cared for.

Contact Smolich and Smolich today to get assistance in filing your claim for SSD benefits!

Recent Reviews

  • Fantastic and Wonderful

    “Sarah Greer and Sam Eldaly from Smolich & Smolich are a fabulous team to work with. I had to apply for SSDI due to my Parkinsons and they handled it not only a professionals but as if they were sitting across the table from me in person the entire time. They are a dynamite team! I highly recommend them to anyone for a fantastic and timely managed experience. Thank you Smolich & Smolich!”

    Barbara Light

  • 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!”

    Smolich and Smolich is so helpful!

  • 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

  • Thank you Sarah and team!

    “I needed to apply for disability and knew nothing about how to go about it. Sarah called me and explained the process and assured me everything would be okay. Her staff went online to fill out my application. She and Marlena kept me updated every step of the way. Within a short time a decision was made in my favor. I cannot tell you how many sleepless nights I had prior to meeting with the team. I would recommend them to anyone who needs help in this area. Thank you so much for all your hard work. Without you I could have never done this.”


  • 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