Social Security Disability Overview
From our offices in Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and Watsonville, California, Rucka, O'Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna represents injured individuals in Social Security Disability Insurance hearings and appeals.
What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?
If a disability has substantially affected your ability to work and has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months or prove fatal, you might be eligible for SSDI benefits. SSDI benefits are not meant for people with only partial or short-term disabilities; and to be eligible, you must have worked and paid into Social Security the required number of quarters. When you come to our office for an initial consulation, we examine your case to determine the extent of your eligibility, including whether members of your family qualify to receive benefits.
The Application Process
You can apply for SSDI benefits as soon as you suffer the disability-causing incident. In fact, the sooner you apply, the better, as SSDI applications can take several months to process. Statistics show that as many as two-thirds of initial applications are denied. If your application is denied, we at Rucka, O'Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna can assist in filing an appeal from the denial.
Our in-depth understanding of the applicable regulations gives us the skills and expertise to help with an appeal, giving you the best possible chance of success.
The Appeals Process
If the Social Security Administration denies your SSDI application, you still have options through the appeals process. Our extensive experience with all aspects of the SSDI appeals process ensures that we can provide you the best possible chance of successfully obtaining benefits.
To discuss your potential eligibility and find out how we can assist you, contact Rucka, O'Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna today for a free initial consultation.