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Find a Skilled Delano, California Social Security Attorney

Are you disabled? Do you need help? Fortunately, the US Social Security program provides a safety net for many Americans. If you have a disability and qualify for Social Security benefits, you may be entitled to a monthly check and other benefits such as medical care, food stamps, and other assistance from your state government. Increase your chances of qualifying for Social Security and other social benefit programs by working with an experienced Delano social security lawyer as soon as possible. Don’t wait any longer. Contact a skilled Delano Social Security disability lawyer today by filling out the questionnaire in this website.

The Sustaining Power of the SSI and SSDI Systems

A significant majority of initial applicants are denied Social Security benefits: generally, between 65% and 70% of first time applications do not make the cut. The success of your Social Security claim often hinges on whether you effectively laid out the best argument for your disability to the review board. Delano social security attorneys have experience and knowledge on how to present your case most effectively. By working with a lawyer, you do not have to second-guess whether you are characterizing your disability in the most effective way possible. The consequences of losing your social security claim can have far-reaching impacts for you and your loved ones. Those who qualify will receive monthly payments to help defray the cost of living. In many cases, may also be able to get Medicare or Medicaid. These benefit payments and other potential benefits can often mean the difference between survival and homelessness for people afflicted with serious disabilities.

Attorneys are Expensive. How Can I Hire an Experienced Delano, CA Social Security Lawyer When I’m Broke?    

You do not have to have big bank account to afford a Social Security attorney. The typical fee structure used by Social Security law firms is designed to be affordable for people who are not employed. Social security attorneys are generally paid according to a strict fee schedule on a contingency basis. This means they can only be paid if they prevail in your claim. That makes sense because claimants often are not able to afford an attorney with the money they have. The Social Security Administration limits how much a Social Security lawyer can charge clients. Attorneys representing clients before the Social Security Administration are statutorily limited to charging a maximum of 25% of back pay awarded to you (up to a max of $6,000). Basically, what this means is that the lawyer can only charge you up to $6,000 for representing you in a Social Security matter – and often the amount is far less. Don’t wait.  To contact an experienced Delano Social Security lawyer today and start the ball rolling on your Social Security claim all you have to do is fill out the form in this page.

Understanding the SSI and SSDI Programs

SSI (Social Security Income) and SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) are two separate programs under the umbrella term “Social Security” that pay a benefit to claimants who are disabled. A qualifying disability for Social Security benefits usually must either prevent you from working for a year or more or result in death. While both the SSI and SSDI programs are federal disability programs, they are quite different from each other.

1.    How is disability defined in Delano, 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 Delano, California a factor in obtaining Social Security disability benefits? - If you are working in Delano 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 Delano, 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.


Can I qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)? Work with an Experienced Delano Disability Insurance Lawyer Immediately

SSDI provides disability payments to Americans who can demonstrate a work history of paying taxes into the Social Security system. To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must prove (1) you have a disability that prevents you from working for at least one year, and (2) that you worked and paid social security taxes over the course of the previous years (the number of years depends on your age). SSDI recipients may also qualify for Medicare. Contact an experienced Delano SSDI attorney today to learn more about qualifying for SSDI.

Supplemental Security Income: A Welfare-based Program

SSI is paid out like welfare, meaning you must earn less than a certain amount of money to qualify. In addition, you need to be disabled and unable to work in order to qualify for SSI. SSI pays out a smaller amount of money than SSDI. Unlike SSDI, however, you are not required to have paid into the Social Security system to qualify for SSI payments. In addition, SSI recipients qualify for medical care through Medicaid. To contact an experienced Delano SSI attorney, fill out the questionnaire in this page.

How Do the Social Security Application and Appeal Processes Work? - Delano, CA Disability Appeals Lawyers

You can start your application for Social Security benefits online today. You can also apply in person, or start the process over the phone by calling a local Social Security branch office. The initial review of eligibility can take upwards of four to six months.  You can start your application for Social Security benefits online today. You can also apply in person, or start the process over the phone by calling a local Social Security branch office. The initial review of eligibility can take upwards of four to six months.

The following are a few examples of the types of injuries and illnesses that have previously qualified as a disability for Social Security:

Soft tissue sarcoma
Multiple Myeloma
Liver disease
Anxiety Disorders
Somatoform Disorders
Peripheral Neuropathies
Kidney cancer
Inflammatory arthritis
Benign brain tumors
Loss of speech


Local SSA Office in Delano, CA

Social Security Office
Building C, 2234 Girard Street
Delano, California 93215
(866) 635-0287


Low Cost Hospitals in Delano, California

Delano Community Health Center
1508 Garces Highway, Suite 1
Delano, California 93215
(661) 725-4780
Joy Carino Kimpo Family Med. Ctr
1001 Main Street
Delano, California 93215
(661) 459-1800


Pharmacies in Delano, CA

Walgreens Store Delano
1435 High Street
Delano, California 93215
(661) 721-2294
Komoto Pharmacy
1017 Ellington Street
Delano, California 93215
(661) 725-9489
Delano Pharmacy
1228 Jefferson Street
Delano, California 93215
(661) 721-7979
Rite Aid
1809 Cecil Avenue
Delano, California 93215
(661) 725-1312


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Delano social security attorneys serve clients throughout Southern California, including Avenal, Bakersfield, Corcoran, Cuyama, Delano, Kernville, Lake Isabella, Lamont, Lost hills, Oildale, Porterville, Taft, Tehachapi, Tipton, Tulare, Wasco, and other communities in Kern County.

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