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How To Qualify For SSDI

One of the frightening things to think about is the number of illnesses and injuries that can prevent individuals from working. Neck and back injuries are among the most common injuries suffered by individuals who receive Social Security benefits, but cancer, Parkinson’s disease, back injury, neck injury, severe mental illnesses and a host of other illnesses can all prevent someone from working.

At the Law Offices of Brian A. Barboza, we take the time to fully understand how injuries and illnesses impact our clients, and we work to tell that story persuasively on the Social Security Disability Insurance application. Call 707-304-5251 to find out more about how to qualify for SSDI.

Understanding The Application Process

After the initial application for benefits is filed, we’re often put in a holding period. We know it can be difficult to wait, but we will always keep you updated with any information about your case.

Many people are surprised to learn that the majority of claims are denied at the initial application stage. Although you can appeal the initial decision, it’s critical to adhere to the Social Security Administration’s timelines.

Hearings for appeals typically include a judge, as well as a medical examiner and an occupational expert. During the appeal, we work to prove disabilities, explain why someone is unable to work or show the judge why he or she is unable to perform other jobs. To make sure our cases are compelling, we often work with medical experts or talk with witnesses. When it is beneficial to the client, we can also cross-examine the medical examiner and the occupational expert.

A Santa Rosa SSDI Benefits Attorney Working To Prove Your Case

Our work typically boils down to proving four main things to the judge:

  • Is the injured person working or doing substantial gainful activity?
  • Is the impairment severe?
  • Will the impairment last at least 12 months?
  • Is the injury or illness in the SSA’s listing of disabilities?

When you contact our firm, we will advocate aggressively on your behalf. Schedule your free initial consultation with a lawyer to learn more about the benefits you may receive. We represent individuals throughout Northern California, and we can be reached online or by calling 707-304-5251.