Applying for Social Security
Long Beach / Los Angeles

Los Angeles & Orange County Social Security Lawyers Answer Your Questions

(1.) How disabled must I be to obtain Social Security Disability?

In order to be considered “disabled” by Social Security, you must be able to prove that you have a physical or mental disease or health problem that is severe enough to keep you from working for at least 12 months. The Social Security Administration will take into consideration your age, your education, and your past work when deciding whether you should be found disabled.

For most Social Security applicants under age 50, the Social Security Administration requires proof that they are unable to do most types of work in the general economy . . . not just their regular field of work.

Whatever your disability, however, you are required to “prove” that you are disabled through “objective” medical evidence and extensive medical records presented by you and your lawyer.

Our lawyers have won Social Security Disability claims for most illnesses: Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County, Anaheim

  • Spinal disorders, including: herniated cervical or lumbar discs, spinal stenosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, compression fractures, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease
  • Heart disease, including: heart attack, ischemic heart disease, angina, bypass surgery, enlarged heart, aneurysm, valve disease, heart transplant congestive heart failure,
  • All cancers, including: breast cancer, bone cancer, lung cancer, abdominal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, testicle cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, mouth cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer, melanoma, leukemia, brain tumor, polycythemia, lymphoma, myeloma
  • Lung diseases, including: asthma, emphysema, asbestosis, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Diabetes, and related conditions, including: neuropathy, retinopathy
  • Psychological or mental diseases, including: personality disorders, mood disorders, depression, anxiety disorder, bi-polar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mental retardation, low IQ,  ADHD, ADD, schizophrenia, agoraphobia

 Our lawyers have also won Social Security Disability claims for:

  • Stroke, seizure disorder, epilepsy
  • Blindness, decreased vision, visually impaired
  • Deafness, decreased hearing, vertigo, tinnitus
  • Sickle Cell anemia, other anemia
  • Scleroderma, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, melanoma
  • Burns
  • Obesity
  • Thyroid diseases
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • High blood pressure, hypertension
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, hip replacement, knee replacement
  • Orthopedic injuries, leg injury, knee injury, ankle injury
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS),
  • HIV, AIDS
  • Chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, hepatitis
  • Crohn’s disease, colitis, diverticulitis, pancreatitis
  • Kidney disease, polycystic disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Myasthenia Gravis, ALS, Graves disease
  • Amputations, multiple fractures requiring surgery
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), chronic regional pain disorder (CRPS)
  • Stuttering, Tourette’s syndrome
  • Substance abuse, including alcoholism, prescription painkiller addiction

(2.)  How do I apply for Social Security Disability benefits?

Statistically the Social Security Administration denies approximately 65% of initial disability applications. And, Social Security Disability appeals (“redeterminations”) are denied at an even higher rate of 85%.

However, Social Security Administration statistics show that claimants who are represented by lawyers have a much greater likelihood of winning than those who are not.

If you are confident that you can successfully handle the complex application process on your own, you may either apply “online” at the Social Security website or by calling Social Security’s toll free number without a lawyer.

But, many disabled individuals find the Social Security Disability application process to be confusing and difficult to understand. Completing the complex forms can take many hours and can be quite overwhelming. And, if sufficient medical documentation is not properly submitted, a claimant will jeopardize their case and risk denial.

Whether you are filing for Social Security Disability for the first time, or you have already applied and your disability benefits have been denied, the best way to ensure success is to consult an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer or law firm.  Our experienced disability attorneys will handle all aspects of your disability case from applying for disability, through administrative hearings, and possibly all the way to federal court, if necessary.

(3.) When should I apply for Social Security Disability benefits?

If  you have been out of work for 3 months, or you think you will be out of work for a consecutive twelve  12 months, we recommend that you contact our law firm immediately to discuss your Social Security Disability eligibility.

In the unfortunate and tragic event that an applicant has a condition that is likely to be terminal within 12 months, our lawyers recommend that you apply for benefits as soon as the day after you cease working.

Remember, the longer you wait the more benefits you may lose. Social Security will only pay past due benefits for one year prior to the date of application.  So you should always apply as soon as possible in order to maximize your retroactive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefit award amount.

Contact our experienced disability attorneys today for a free consultation to ensure that you obtain the maximum Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefit award amount.

(4.) Do lawyers have a higher success rate for collecting Social Security Disability? Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County, CA

While you are not required to hire an attorney to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits, Social Security Administration statistics show that claimants who are represented by lawyers have a much greater likelihood of winning than those who are not.

The Social Security Disability lawyers at Cantrell Green can assist you in completing the online application and all of the required forms for you.  Our attorneys have successfully helped thousands of clients receive their Social Security Disability benefits upon submitting their initial application.

Because our Los Angeles area Orange County law firm has handled thousands of Social Security Disability cases, our experienced lawyers know how to completely and properly complete the forms, accurately describe your disability, and thoroughly provide the required medical evidence, so that Social Security will approve your disability claim.

There is no upfront fee or money out-of-pocket for you to hire our Social Security Disability law firm. Our law office takes Social Security Disability cases on a contingency basis – meaning we do not get paid until we win your case.

And because the fee is based on a court-set contingency fee of only up to 25% or $6,000 (whichever is less), our fee will probably be the same whether you hire us at the beginning of your case (in the initial application) or when you appeal (redetermination). So, you might as well have the benefit of our experienced Social Security Disability lawyers’ advice and assistance from the beginning of your case!

Our Experienced Social Security Lawyers Can Help You Get Maximum Disability Benefits – Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange County,  California

If you have been disabled and you live in Orange County, the greater Los Angeles area or anywhere in Southern California, we offer a free consultation with an experienced California social security lawyer to help you understand your rights and obtain the maximum Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.  

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