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Find a Skilled El Centro, California Social Security Attorney

Has an injury kept you out of work? The Social Security disability program was implemented to assist Americans unable to work due to a disability. Qualifying for Social Security can be complicated. It is, therefore, extremely beneficial to work with an experienced El Centro Social Security lawyer when you apply for Social Security or appeal a Social Security benefits determination. Give yourself the best chance of qualifying for Social Security disability benefits by working with an experienced El Centro social security attorney today. Fill out the form in this website today.

The Difference between Winning and Losing your SSI or SSDI Claim

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. Increase the chance your Social Security claim will be successful by contacting an experienced El Centro Social Security attorney. Your Social Security lawyer should have the necessary experience to know how to argue your case effectively. This may include working with your doctors, or other methods that can help you make out your case to the Social Security review board. 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.

El Centro Social Security Attorneys: What do They Charge?

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. Why? Social Security lawyers only get paid if you get paid. This fee structure is called a “contingency” fee. 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 El Centro 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.

Do I qualify for SSI and/or SSDI?

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 El Centro, 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 El Centro, California a factor in obtaining Social Security disability benefits? - If you are working in El Centro 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 El Centro, 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.

Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) – Contact a Knowledgeable El Centro Disability Insurance Lawyer Now

You must establish a work history of paying into social security as well as a qualifying disability to qualify for SSDI monthly payments. So, not everyone qualifies for the SSDI program. If you receive disability payments under SSDI you may also qualify for Medicare coverage. Contact an experienced El Centro SSDI attorney to learn whether your situation qualifies you for some Social Security benefit.

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 El Centro SSI attorney, fill out the questionnaire in this webpage.

Proving a Disability: The Process of Applying for Social Security and Appealing a Review Board Decision – El Centro Social Security Disability Appeal 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 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 El Centro Social Security attorney today to discuss your appeal.

The list below contains some examples of the types of illnesses and injuries that have qualified previous applicants for a Social Security disability:


Recurrent Arrhythmias
Chronic venous insufficiency
Coagulation defects
Polymyositis and dermatomyositis
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Peripheral neuropathies
Loss of speech
Adrenal gland disorders
Diabetes mellitus
Open Head Injury
Hearing Loss


Local SSA Office of El Centro, CA

Social Security Office
3007 N Imperial Avenue
El Centro, California 92243
(800) 772-1213


Low Cost Hospitals in and near El Centro, California

Clinicas De Salud Del Pueblo Inc
651 Wake Avenue, Suite A
El Centro, California 92243
(760) 352-2257
Clinicas De Salud
223 W Cole Boulevard
Calexico, California 92231
(760) 357-2020


Pharmacies in El Centro, CA

750 North Imperial Avenue
El Centro, California92243
(760) 353-4603
2295 North Imperial Avenue
El Centro, California92243
(760) 482-5400
Walgreens Store
100 North Imperial Avenue
El Centro, California92243
(760) 335-4904
Rite Aid
1501 West Main Street
El Centro, California92243
(760) 352-5731


El Centro Weather (Monthly Averages)

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 71 74 80 86 95 103 107 106 101 91 78 70
Avg. Low (F) 43 47 51 56 63 70 78 79 72 61 50 43
Avg. Precipitation (in) 0.49 0.47 0.30 0.05 0.02 0.00 0.06 0.27 0.28 0.34 0.17 0.41




El Centro social security attorneys serve clients throughout Southeastern California including Calexico, Brawley, Imperial, Holtville, Seeley, Niland, Bombay Beach, Ocotillo, Palo Verde, Bard, Glamis, Plaster City, Hovley, Citrus View, Rockwood, Mayflower, Butlers, Orita, Curlew, Munyon, Sandia, Verdant, Fondo and other communities in Riverside County, San Diego County and Imperial county.

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