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Seeking an Experienced Barstow, CA Social Security Attorney?

Is a disability rendering you unable to work? Social Security disability income (SSDI), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI),were created for individuals who are not able to work due to a disability. The federal SSDI and SSI system is complicated and not easy to understand. Whether you are a first time applicant or you have been previously rejected for SSI and/or SSDI, an experienced Barstow Social Security lawyer can help you. After you have filled out the form on this site, an experienced Barstow Social Security lawyer will contact you to discuss your disability and the likelihood that you will be able to obtain Social Security benefits. By speaking with the attorney, you are under no obligation whatsoever and the initial consultation is free.

How SSI and SSDI Can Help You

If you are considering applying for Social Security benefits, the statistics are not favorable for initial applicants. About 65% or more initial applicants are denied benefits annually. Presenting proof of your disability is an important step toward qualifying for Social Security benefits. An experienced Barstow Social Security attorney can help you make the most persuasive case to the Social Security review board. Your chance of success is likely to increase with this assistance. The difference between winning your social security claim and losing your social security claim are often dramatic. For example, without an alternative source of income, and without the ability to work (due to disability), many people face homelessness and hunger. The relief provided by the monthly payments from SSI and SSDI claims provide a necessary security blanket. In some cases, claimants may be entitled to medical care through the Medicaid or Medicare systems.

How Can I Afford to Pay a Qualified Barstow, California Social Security Attorney?

You may be surprised to learn that hiring a Social Security attorney is quite affordable, even without a source of income. Most Social Security attorneys work on a “contingency” basis: meaning that they only get paid if your claim is successful. That means, in most cases, you have nothing to lose by working with a Social Security lawyer. The Social Security system oversees the amount a lawyer can charge for representing a client in a Social Security matter. Legal fees for Social Security cases are capped at 25% of the back pay awarded to you, up to a maximum of $6,000. After filling out the questionnaire on the webpage, an experienced Barstow Social Security attorney will call or email you to discuss the specifics of your case.

What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?

The US Government created Social Security for a number of reasons. Among them was the goal of providing benefits to Americans who are unable to work due to an injury. In order to qualify for Social Security, the injury must prevent the person from working for at least one year. There are two different programs that give rise to disability payments under the Social Security System: SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income). While both programs provide relief to injured Americans, they are, in fact, quite different from each other.

1.    How is disability defined in Barstow, California? - In order to receive Social Security disability benefits, you must meet the Social Security Administration's
        standard for disability.
        a.    The term disability is defined as being unable to engage in “substantial gainful activity” [SGA] due to a of a physical or mental impairment which has lasted
                - or is expected to last - for a minimum of 12 months, or is expected to result in death.
2.    Is working in Barstow, California a factor in obtaining Social Security disability benefits? - If you are working in Barstow and the work meets the definition of
       substantial gainful activity, you are considered able to work and, therefore, you are not disabled and would not qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
       In 2012, if you earn more than $1010 per month (after taxes), you are probably not eligible for Social Security, unless there special circumstances exist.
3.    Do You Have a Severe Impairment? - In order to be considered severely impaired, you must have a medical problem that significantly limits your physical or
       mental ability to perform basic work activities. The impairment must be expected to last for 12 months or result in death.
4.    Does Your Medical Condition Match One of SSA’s Listed Impairments? - The Social Security Administration (SSA) has promulgated a list of medical conditions
        ["Listing of Impairments."] of such great severity that the SSA considers people who with the conditions disabled;
        1.    If your condition is not included in the SSA's Listing of Impairments, you have to ask yourself the following question in regard to obtaining Social Security
               Disability Benefits:
               1.  Am I able to do the same type of work I was able to do before the onset of the disability? - If the SSA determines that you are able to continue doing the same
                    work as you did before your medical condition you may have difficulty proving eligibility. The measure of how capable you are at doing your job after the
                   onset of your disability as opposed to before the onset of the disability is called the Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). In determining your eligibility for
                   benefits, the SSA compares your current RFC with the physical and mental demands of your past jobs. If you are physically and mentally able to do a job that
                   you have held within the last fifteen years, then SSA considers you "not disabled." If you are not able to perform any of your past jobs,
                   then ask yourself:
5.    Despite Your Medical Condition, Can You Do Other Work? - If you are unable to perform work similar to what you have done in the past, then the SSA will
       determine whether you are able to perform other types of work rather than collect benefits.

Can Children in Barstow, California Qualify for Disability Benefits? Yes, but What is the Criteria?

Financially, needy children under age 18 who have serious medical conditions may be eligible for Children's SSI. A child is disabled for SSI if the child is not working and earning more than the SGA level and has a medical condition or combination of conditions that cause "marked and severe functional limitations." Medical evidence documenting the child's medical condition is essential.

SSDI - Contact a Skilled Barstow, CA Disability Insurance Lawyer As Soon As Possible

SSDI is a program for disabled Americans with an employment history. In order to qualify for SSDI, you must have a qualifying disability, and have worked and paid into the social security system for a minimum percentage of the previous years (the number of years depends on your age). SSDI recipients may also qualify for Medicare. If you believe you qualify for SSDI, contact an experienced Barstow SSDI lawyer to discuss your options.

Supplemental Security Income: A Welfare-based Program

Unlike SSDI, you do not have to demonstrate a work history to be eligible for SSI. To qualify for SSI, you must suffer from a disability that prevents you from working for a year or more, and make less than a minimum threshold of money. SSI checks are paid monthly. In addition, you may be eligible for more money from your state, Medicaid, and food stamps. Call your Barstow Social Security SSI attorney for more information.

The Social Security Process from Application to Appeal - Barstow SSI and SSDI Disability Appeals Attorneys

You can apply online, in person, or over the phone for Social Security. You will be asked to fill out a series of questions that require you to substantiate your disability. Be ready to wait anywhere from three to six months for a decision on your application. You can have your case reviewed by an appeal panel if you are initially denied social security benefits. Having an attorney to represent you in the appeal is very preferable. Contact an Barstow Social Security attorney today to discuss your appeal.

Below is a list of some of the illnesses and injuries that have qualified for a disability under Social Security:


Alport’s Syndrome
Anterior poliomyelitis
Parkinsonian syndrome
Immune deficiency disorders
Chronic granulocytopenia
Cystic Fibrosis
Major Reconstructive Surgery of a Weight bearing joint
Severe fractures of larger bones
Inflammatory bowel disease
Loss of speech
Hearing Loss
Impairment of Renal function
Chemical Burns


Local SSA Office of Barstow, California

Social Security Office
720 E. Main Street
Barstow, California 92311
(800) 772-1213


Low Cost Hospitals in and near Barstow, CA

Bloomington Community Health Center
18601 Valley Boulevard
Bloomington, California 92316
(909) 546-7520

Hesperia Clinic
16453 Bear Valley Road
Hesperia, California 92345
(800) 722-4777
Inland Family Community Health Center
665 N D Street
San Bernardino, California 92401
(909) 881-6146

Whitney Young Family Health Clinic
1755 Maple Street
San Bernardino, California 92411
(909) 386-7600


Pharmacies in and near Barstow, CA

Rite Aid
1380 Barstow Road
Barstow, California 92311
(760) 252-3502

Walmart - Pharmacy
621 Montara Road
Barstow, California 92311
(760) 252-5022
Prescription Shoppe
400 S 2nd Avenue
Barstow, California 92311
(760) 256-5614

1270 E Main Street
Barstow, California 92311
(760) 256-8105


Barstow Weather (Monthly Averages)

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Avg. High (F) 59 63 70 76 86 95 101 100 92 80 67 58
Avg. Low (F) 35 39 43 49 56 64 70 69 62 52 42 34
Avg. Precipitation (in) 0.84 0.99 0.68 0.21 0.07 0.05 0.30 0.27 0.34 0.32 0.48 0.78




Barstow social security disability attorneys serve clients throughout Southeastern California, including Anaheim, Banning, Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Corona, Diamond Bar, Fontana, Fullerton, Glendora, Highland, La Verne, Loma Linda, Mira Loma, Montclair, Moreno Valley, Norco, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, Riverside, Rubidoux, San Bernardino, San Dimas, Upland, Walnut, Whittier, Yucaipa, areas in the vicinity of Ontario International Airport, and other communities in San Bernardino County.

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