If your disabilities prevent you from being able to work at all, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. These benefits are available to people who have paid into the Social Security system during their working lifetime but who are now disabled and unable to perform any sort of work due to injury or illness. Individuals who belong to certain employment retirement systems may also be eligible to receive disability retirement benefits. The best way to begin the Social Security Disability benefit process is to file a claim. You can do this at your local district office, online or by phone. If your claim is denied, our Santa Barbara Social Security Disability attorneys will help you determine why you were turned down and how you can file an appeal.
Eligibility For Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability benefits are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). To qualify for these benefits, you must meet the following criteria:
- Your disability must prevent you from being able to perform your normal job for at least 12 months
- You cannot adjust to doing other forms of work because of your medical condition
- You must have worked at jobs where you paid Social Security taxes for a certain duration of time, depending on your age
We will review your denied application to determine what information may have been missing, and what needs to be done to appeal your case. Our lawyers will represent you at the administrative hearing and be your advocate throughout the process.
If your appeal is successful, you may be entitled to a monthly payment as well as back payments, retroactive to the onset of your disability.