Social Security Disability Attorney In Los Angeles

This is NOT legal advice. This blog provides general information about Social Security Disability cases. To discuss your particular

circumstances and claim, please contact a lawyer in your area. Please feel free to contact Disability Advocates Group at (800) 935-3170

or online if you have any questions regarding your Social Security Disability claim.

Is there any way to speed up the process for applying for Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI or SSI)?

A question we frequently get asked is whether there is any way the process for applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be sped up.  The answer is, in most cases that is not possible.  As of now the wait times are extensive.  For example the wait time for a hearing is about 1 year.  There are certain situations in which your Request for Hearing can be processed faster.  This is if you can prove that you have a “Critical case”.  A Critical Case is a case that gets priority in one of three situations: 1. The Claimant has a terminal illness.  2. There is an indication that the Claimant is suicidal or homicidal.  3.  There is dire need, which means that the claimant is unable to obtain food, medicine or shelter and proof of dire need (i.e., foreclosure or eviction imminent).  Aside from these Critical Cases, there is little anyone can do to speed up this lengthy process.

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I applied for Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI or SSI) and I just got a denial letter, what should I do?

The first thing that you should do is appeal the denial.  Many of our clients come to us after months or years of applying and reapplying for benefits because they did not know that they could appeal the denial.  If you are denied, you have 60 days to appeal the decision.  You should immediately begin the appeal process once you have received the denial letter.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your denial letter or the appeals process, you should contact an attorney who specializes in Social Security Disability benefits.

If you need an attorney who is experienced in representing clients seeking SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE (SSDI) or SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI) benefits, contact Disability Advocates Group today at (800) 935-3170, or online to schedule a free initial consultation.

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The wait period for SSDI or SSI hearings has increased dramatically

New reports show that as of 2012 the processing time for a hearing before an ALJ for a Social Security Disability hearing has crept up to 400 days.  This is an incredibly long amount of time for disabled individuals to wait for a decision by an ALJ on their Social Security Disability claim.  Unfortunately, this has caused severe strain on these individuals and their families.  This is also coupled with the fact that approval ratings have gone down.  In 2005, the approval rating for ALJs was 72 percent whereas in 2013 the approval rating was 56%.  Given these numbers, if you are disabled and no longer able to work, you should contact an attorney that has experience practicing before the Social Security Administration immediately.

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A New Study Finds that 1 in 10 People Suffer From Lower Back Pain

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on lower back pain.  Lower back pain is now the No. 1 cause of job disability around the world.  For some people, lower back pain can be controlled but for others treatment proves more difficult.   If you are dealing with severe lower back pain, you know how difficult that can be.  If it prevents you from working, you should consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI or SSI).  These benefits can provide a vital life line while you are unable to work and medical benefits to help you get the necessary medical treatment.  Applying for SSDI or SSI benefits based on your back condition can be complicated.  Contacting an attorney experienced with dealing with Social Security Disability cases can significantly help improve your chances of receiving these benefits.

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