Navigating The SSDI Process In California
If you have suffered illness or injury that keeps you from being able to work, you are probably overwhelmed with the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process. Do not panic. Most people are overwhelmed by this process, and very few applications for benefits are successful without the help of an experienced SSDI lawyer.
At The Law Office of Gary C. Nelson, we have been helping clients in Modesto and the surrounding areas in California obtain the benefits they need for decades.
An Experienced Lawyer To Help Guide You Through The Process
While the SSDI process in California can involve multiple steps, some of the more important ones include:
- Initial application: Applying for disability insurance is simpler than most people realize. You can contact the Social Security Administration (SSA), and when you file your initial application, the SSA will gather your information and assess your claim.
- Denial: While applying for benefits can be relatively simple, getting the SSA to actually approve your benefits is rarely an easy task. In fact, even though the SSA does not deny every initial application, it does deny most of them. This is the point when most clients retain our firm. We can walk you through the following processes after your initial claim has been denied to help you obtain the benefits you need.
- Reconsideration: You have 60 days after your initial claim has been denied to file for reconsideration. When this is filed, an examiner will look at your case again.
Hearing: If your case is denied again upon reconsideration, you can apply for a hearing with an administrative law judge.
- Appeals council: If your case is denied by the administrative law judge, you can bring your case before the appeals council to see if any errors were made by the decision-makers in the earlier parts of the process.
- Federal court appeals: Your final appellate option is to file a petition with a federal appeals court. Our attorneys have handled these cases on appeal in the past, and we can explore your case to see if you could win on appeal.