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Has a disability kept you from working? Social security disability income, or “SSDI” for short, and “SSI”, supplemental security income, was created for those who cannot work due to suffering from a disability. The federal SSDI and SSI system can be difficult to navigate. Whether you are a first time applicant or whether you have been previously rejected, an experienced Abilene social security attorney can help you. Abilene social security attorneys can walk you through the application and appeal process. Start now by filling out the form on the left.

The saving power of the SSI and SSDI system

The vast majority of the initial applicants are denied social security benefits: generally, between 65% and 70%. An experienced Abilene social security lawyer can increase your odds of success. Your attorney should understand how to make your best case. Your attorney can also represent you on appeal. An experienced Abilene social security lawyer will look over your file, and help you make any additions and corrections necessary to best highlight the nature of your disability. The consequences of losing your social security claim can have serious consequences. Those who qualify get monthly payments to live off. In many cases, you can also get Medicare or Medicaid. These payments and other potential benefits often mean the difference between survival and homelessness for those suffering from disabilities.

How much does it cost to hire a qualified Abilene Social Security Lawyer?

Because the people who need a social security lawyer usually do not have a source of income, social security lawyers structure their fees to make their services affordable. Social security attorneys are paid according to a strict fee schedule. They can only be paid if they win your case for you. That makes sense because claimants usually have no expendable money. Your social security attorney is limited in how much he or she can charge. That is because the federal government has capped attorney fees in these cases. Specifically, the attorney cannot charge more than 25% of your back pay, up to a total of $6,000. Even then, the government has to approve the final award of attorney fees. So, a claimant is always getting a fair deal. Don’t wait to contact an experienced Abilene Social Security lawyer. Fill out the form on the left.

Education: SSDI versus SSI

The Social Security System can provide you with monthly payments if you qualify. To qualify for either the SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) programs, you must meet their criteria. Generally, to qualify for either, you must suffer from an injury that prevents you from working for a year or more (or one that results in death). Both systems are explained below.

SSDI: The Federal Program for Those With a Work History – Connect with a Knowledgeable Abilene Disability Insurance Attorney Immediately

Claimants can qualify for SSDI if they are disabled and have previously paid into the social security system through their taxes. So, you must have worked and paid social security taxes to qualify. The government also requires you to have worked a percentage of the previous years, contingent on your age. Some SSDI claimants also qualify for Medicare if they are disabled under the SSDI program for 2 years. Learn more by contacting an experienced SSDI attorney.

SSI: the final safety net - Contact an experienced Abilene Disability Attorney

The SSI system is designed to provide a minimum threshold of income to those who are disabled, blind, or 65 and older, who do not make much money. Those who qualify receive a monthly check (usually much less than SSDI amounts). You may also receive more money from your state. Unlike SSDI, claims are paid from general tax revenues. Thus, you do not need to have paid into the social security system to qualify for SSI payments. Those who qualify for SSI also may receive Medicaid coverage from the government (Medical Care). Fill out the form to contact an experienced Abilene SSI lawyer.

The process: Application to appeal - Abilene Disability Appeals Lawyer

First, you can apply online, call into an office, or visit your local SS office. The application process can take anywhere between four to six months. In the event that the government denies your social security application, you can appeal your case. At the appeal, you can represent yourself or your attorney can represent you.

Below is a list of some of the types of illnesses and injuries that can qualify for a disability under Social Security:


Cystic Fibrosis
Heart Transplant
Polymyositis and dermatomyositis
Anterior poliomyelitis
Inflammatory bowel disease

Thyroid gland disorders
Open Head Injury
Alport’s Syndrome
Sjogren’s syndrome

Affective disorders
Severe fractures of larger bones
Peripheral Neuropathies
Chronic granulocytopenia


Local SSA Office

Social Security Office
2045 Allston Way
Berkeley, California 94704
(800) 772-1213


Low Cost Hospitals

William Byron Rumford Medical Clinic
2960 Sacramento Street
Berkeley, California 94702
(510) 549-3166
West Coast Childrens Center
545 Ashbury Avenue
El Cerrito, California 94530
(510) 527-7249
Native American Health Center
2715 Orion Street
Alameda, California 94501
(510) 814-8440



Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
2450 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, California 94705
(510) 204-2606
Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland
747 52nd Street
Oakland, California 94609
(510) 428-3745
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
350 Hawthorne Avenue
Oakland, California 94609
(510) 204-2606
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
280 West MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, California 94611
(510) 752-1000
City of Alameda Health Care District
2070 Clinton Avenue
Alameda, California 94501
(510) 522-3700
Chinese Hospital
845 Jackson Street
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 677-2494


Berkeley social security attorneys serve clients throughout Central California, including Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Canyon, Casto Valley, Concord, Cupertino, Daly City, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Foster City, Fremont, Hayward, Hercules, LaFayette, Martinez, Menlo Park, Newark, Oakland, Orinda, Palo Alto, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Francisco, San Jose, San Leandro, San Mateo, San Pablo, Santa Clara, South San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Union City, Vallejo, Waldon, Walnut Creek, areas in the vicinity of Oakland International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and other communities in Alameda County.

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