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Q: As a disabled San Diego resident, how do I go about filing for Social Security benefits?
A: If you're concerned about filing Social Security benefits, you probably have a disability that's preventing you from working. Your first step is to submit an application at an office of the Social Security Administration in San Diego, CA. If your application is complete, you should receive a response in 3-5 months. If your application is incomplete, a decision may be delayed for several months.
How to Get Approved for Disability Benefits: Appeals Process
If your application is rejected and you think the rejection is due to an error, you can proceed to the appeals process. You must file an appeal within 60 days of the date stated in your initial denial letter.
There are 4 levels of appeal when filing for Social Security benefits:
- Reconsideration: Your claim will be reviewed by a Social Security Administration representative who wasn't involved in the decision to reject your claim. If your case is still denied, the next stage will be the hearing
- Hearing: Your claim will go before an administrative law judge. You can present evidence and witnesses to support your case. After the hearing, the judge will make a decision.
- Appeals council hearing: If you disagree with the judge's decision, an appeals council can make a decision, deny an appeal, or have the judge review your case again.
- Federal District Court of Appeal: If you disagree with the appeals council, your last resort will be a lawsuit in Federal District Court.
When filing for Social Security benefits at the Social Security Administration in San Diego, CA, you should answer all questions honestly and pay attention to details. Our attorneys recommend that you follow one course of action, as opposed to both appealing and filing a new claim. We highly recommend that you consult with an experienced Social Security attorney before you make this decision.
If your application is denied, as many are, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome by securing the assistance of a San Diego disability lawyer. An experienced lawyer will review your case and, if warranted, explain how to get approved for disability benefits.
A San Diego Disability Lawyer Can Help You Fight for Benefits!
If you are disabled and unable to work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits to address your daily living needs. Unfortunately, the system is complicated, hard to navigate and many claimants are denied. The Jurewitz Law Group is here to help. Before you get wrapped up in red tape and complicated disability forms, contact our law offices online or by phone - 888-233-5020 - to learn about your rights. We can handle your Social Security disability claim from start to finish in the effort to increase your odds at getting the benefits you so desperately deserve.