Filing a Disability Claim

Get Help Filing a Successful Disability Claim from Experienced Social Security Disability Lawyers in Southern California

If an injury, illness, or disability leaves you unable to work for an extended period, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. These benefits are designed to help cover cost of living expenses while you are unable to work, but navigating the process of filing a Social Security Disability claim can be overwhelming. Having an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer like Perona, Langer, Beck and Harrison Law Firm, is essential to help understand the intricacies of this procedure and maximize their chances of success. Our team of dedicated Social Security Disability lawyers in Southern California is here to guide you through every step of the way.

Are you planning to file for disability benefits? Contact our Social Security lawyers in Southern California today to learn more about your options!

What is the Process for Filing a Social Security Disability Claim?

Filing a Social Security Disability claim in California is done by submitting an application to the Social Security Administration (SSA) office by mail, online, or in person. The application must include the following information:

  • Social Security Number
  • Birth Certificate
  • Contact Information of Doctors
  • Names and Dosages of Prescription Medications
  • Detailed Work History

You will also need to complete questionnaires about your educational background and work experience, as well as your limitations. The last component of your application is the medical evidence that demonstrates you have a qualifying medical condition that is severe enough to prevent you from working.

When filing a disability claim it is crucial to provide thorough and accurate information about your medical condition, work history, and other relevant details. More than 60% of initial claims are denied by Social Security. These denials can be due to omissions or inaccurate information on the application documents, not obtaining the appropriate medical evidence from your treating medical providers, and not completing the various forms correctly. At Perona, Langer, Beck and Harrison, our experienced attorneys can help you compile the required paperwork, ensuring that your application is as strong as possible.

How Long Does It Take to Receive a Decision?

The Social Security Disability claims process can vary widely depending on the complexity of your case and the volume of applications the Social Security Administration (SSA) is handling. It typically takes anywhere from six to twelve months to receive an initial decision. While hiring a lawyer does not speed up the process, our team will ensure that your application is accurate and complete, and that Social Security is requesting the necessary medical records to prove your disability to help you avoid denials and receive the financial support you need in a timely manner. A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that legal representation increases the probability of an initial allowance ( Having an experienced lawyer from Perona, Langer, Beck and Harrison representing you can make a significant impact on the outcome of your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits.

How Long Does It Take to Receive Compensation?

If your Social Security Disability claim is approved, the timing of receiving compensation can also vary by region. Typically, you will start receiving benefits about thirty to sixty days after approval. You will also receive any past-due benefits (backpay) from when you first became disabled around this timeframe.

A Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help You Avoid Application Errors

The application process for Social Security Disability benefits can be challenging and failing to submit it properly may lead to delays or denials. By working with an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer, you can minimize the risk of errors and improve your chances of a successful claim.

After discussing your situation with you to make sure you are eligible for benefits, we will fill out your application for you and make sure you do not fall victim to any of the following common application errors:

  • Leaving out medical details.
  • Not including a complete work history and not describing your work correctly.
  • Making errors in your financial information.
  • Getting dates wrong.
  • Using the wrong code numbers or ID numbers.
  • Making typos or other errors that make the application hard to understand.

Should your application be denied, we can also help you through the nuanced appeals process and fight for the benefits you are entitled to.

Contact Our Social Security Disability Lawyers in Southern California for Help Filing a Disability Claim

Don’t file a Social Security Disability claim alone. Contact Perona, Langer, Beck and Harrison Law Firm today at (800) 435-7542 for a free consultation. Our Social Security Disability lawyers in Southern California have a deep understanding of the system and a proven track record of helping clients secure the benefits they deserve.