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I’m Filing for Social Security Disability in Chico, CA—What Can I Expect?

Filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be challenging.  You’re dealing with a disability that has interfered with your ability to work, possibly from a young age.  You’re also trying to figure out a way to support yourself and your family.

The good news is that if you’ve been working regularly and paying your FICA taxes, you’ve essentially been putting some of your own money aside for this very situation.  By earning work credits, you have built yourself a safety net of sorts, which you are able to apply for should an injury or disability sideline you from working.

The bad news is this: the application process can be pretty complicated.  A lot of people hear that many claims get turned down the first time they are filed, and this is often the truth.  This shouldn’t scare you away from applying, however.  It simply means that the first time you file your claim, it should be prepared very carefully and thoroughly; if it gets denied, finding the right lawyer to help you file for reconsideration can make a world of difference.

So what do the claims representatives look for in your application? They’ll be mostly concerned with three things:

  • Your disability
  • Your work history
  • Your medical history

The Social Security Administration (SSA) wants to verify that you qualify for its definition of having a disability.  Generally speaking, this means that you will have (or have had) the disability for over a year, and it prevents you from doing your job or seeking other employment.  If you have worked and paid FICA taxes for a given amount of time, you could be eligible to receive SSD.

A Butte or Shasta County Social Security Disability lawyer can go over your claim, and prepare it professionally and carefully.  The less time you spend reapplying and jumping through hoops, the sooner you can receive your benefits. The Ledgerwood Law Group in Chico focuses on California Social Security Disability cases in the North Valley. Thomas K. Ledgerwood and his team will work hard to get you the benefits that you deserve. Call him today at 530.899.7178 or toll-free at 1.888.899.7178 to learn more.