Orange County Social Security disability advocate offers assistance for those seeking California disability benefits
As an Orange County Social Security disability advocate, I help disability claimants throughout Southern California after their initial applications have been denied by the Social Security Administration. I have been helping people get Social Security disability and SSI benefits for 25 years.
Will you qualify for Orange County Social Security disability benefits?
People I speak to throughout Southern California often ask me “Will I qualify for California Social Security disability benefits?” The quick answer is that it depends on your age, education, recent jobs, and ability to work.
However, the Social Security Administration’s disability evaluation process is complex, and its results sometimes defy common sense. For example, you will not be found disabled simply because your doctor finds you disabled and says so, or because you’ve been found disabled under another California disability benefits program, such as Worker’s Compensation.
For the Social Security Administration in Orange County and throughout California to find you disabled, you must satisfy its definition of disabled. This definition has several requirements:
- You must not be working, or if you are working, you cannot be doing a “substantial gainful activity.” A substantial gainful activity is a job that pays you more than $1,000 per month (or slightly more depending on the annual amount set by the Social Security Administration) and involves more than minimal duties.
- You must have a “severe” impairment, which is a mental or physical condition that is severe enough that it significantly limits your mental or physical ability to do basic work activities. Basic work activities include: understanding and performing simple instructions; sitting, standing, reaching, pushing and lifting; and handling routine changes in the work setting.
- Your impairment must be established through medically acceptable diagnostic techniques, and must be expected to last or have lasted at least 12 months or result in death.
- You must not be capable of doing any work you performed, including your easiest job, in the last 15 years. The California Social Security Administration will evaluate by comparing your current ability to work (or “residual functional capacity”) to the mental and physical demands of the easiest job you’ve had in the last 15 years. It doesn’t matter if you would never be hired for that easy job today, or if that job no longer exists.
- You must not be able to do other work that exists in the national economy in significant numbers, considering your age, education, and work experience. The older you are, the easier it is to be found disabled under the Social Security Administration’s rules.
Please see the video Are You Likely to Qualify for additional information regarding whether you are disabled for California Social Security disability purposes.
In addition to the disability requirements above, to qualify for California Social Security disability benefits, you must have paid sufficient Social Security taxes.
I am dedicated only to the area of California Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income
As a California disability advocate, I only handle Southern California and Orange County Social Security cases. By focusing on California Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income, I am able to offer my clients a combination of specialized experience and knowledge, and a successful methodology to approaching Social Security disability cases.
Filing for Southern California Social Security disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits in Orange County can be a long, frustrating and overwhelming process. Claimants with representation have a better chance of a successful result, according to the Social Security Administration. With 25 years of experience handling Social Security disability cases, I can help you through the process. I will walk you through the mounds of forms and paperwork and provide you with knowledgeable, competent and compassionate representation.
How much does my assistance cost?
There is no cost to you while I work on your case. Almost all of my Southern California Social Security disability clients prefer a contingent fee, which is a fee paid only if they are awarded benefits.
If your claim is successful, the usual fee is 25% of back benefits, up to a maximum amount set by the Social Security Administration, which is currently $6,000. No fee is subtracted from your current monthly benefits. The future benefits are all yours. You pay nothing up front to benefit from my experience and skill. If your claim is denied, there is no fee at all.
I would like to help you get the California disability benefits you deserve. There is no charge to evaluate your case and no fee unless you win.
An experienced Orange County Social Security disability advocate can help
I encourage you to let me help you appeal your denied claim if you believe you are going to need assistance. I have 25 years of experience helping people through the Social Security disability process.
If you have been denied, I can help with your appeals at the initial or reconsideration levels. If your claim is at the hearing level, I will personally represent you at your hearing before the administrative law judge. If you feel you cannot work, I recommend you move forward as soon as possible with your appeal.
My website is filled with 100 pages of helpful information that will help you better understand the California Social Security disability appeal and determination process. I am also happy to personally answer any questions you may have.
If you would like me to personally review your case, complete the form to the right and I will respond immediately. Or you can contact me at:
Joseph F. Massa, Social Security Disability Advocate