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FILING FOR DISABILITY IN CALIFORNIA

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HOW TO FILE FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS IN CALIFORNIA

Filing for disability in California is something that Cannon Disability Law can help you with. Especially, if you have a disability that prevents you from working, You may need help filing for Social Security disability benefits in California. There are two federal programs that can help you. The first is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD). The second program is Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  

California does have a shortterm disability insurance program through the state. However, your employer may offer short-term disability insurance through a private company. Your employer may also offer maternity and paternity leave benefits or long-term disability benefits. Additionally, there are federal benefits available through an employer, like FMLA. FMLA allows you to take time off from work if you are ill.

TWO TYPES OF DISABILITY – SSI & SSD BENEFITS

There are two types of disability insurance that you can purchase: short-term and long-term. Short-term will typically replace a portion of your salary from three to six months following the onset of a disability. Long-term benefits will generally begin six months after your disability and can last a few years until you are able to return to work, or even until retirement age. Every policy, whether it be short or long term disability, is specific. If you read your policy, then you will know the timelines that it offers.

Disability insurance is not the same as workers’ compensation. In the case of disability insurance, injury or illness does not have to be the result of a workplace incident or event. In fact, research by the U.S. Department of Education shows that the most common causes of long-term disability are heart disease, back injury, and cancer. Shortly thereafter, are mental impairments such as anxiety and depression.

THREE WAYS TO FILE FOR SSD BENEFITS IN CALIFORNIA

Here are three easy ways to apply or file your application for disability in California.  Probably the simplest way to file an application is to file online. If you don’t have a computer or access to one, you can still apply over the telephone or in-person.  Benefits begin from the date you file your application, so the longer you wait to file, the more money you lose.

  1. Online: You can apply online at Social Security’s website.
  2. Telephone: You can apply over the telephone by calling the SSA’s toll-free customer service line at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778)
  3. In-person: You can apply in-person at your local Social Security field office.

TRANSFER OF YOUR SSD CASE TO DDS

After you apply for benefits, your case will transfer to the office of Disability Determination Services (DDS). DDS is a state organization. It reviews medical records and other forms of medical evidence to assist the Social Security Administration office in making prompt decisions regarding disability claims. Disability Determination Services can assist with both SSI and SSDI claims in California. DDS can also request more information if they feel they do not have enough medical information to make the correct decision about your case. The addresses and phone numbers of DDS are listed below:

CALIFORNIA OFFICES OF DISABILITY DETERMINATION SERVICES 

Disability Determination Services
P.O. Box 6118
Covina, CA 91722-6118
Telephone: 626-732-8100

Disability Determination Services
P.O. Box 28931
Fresno, CA 93729-9835
Telephone: 559-440-5000

Disability Evaluations Division
Sierra Branch
P.O. Box 28937-8937
Fresno, California 93720
Telephone: 559-440-5200

Disability Determination Services
P.O. Box 54800
Los Angeles, California 90054-0800
Telephone: 213-736-7000

Disability Determination Services
P.O. Box 60999
Los Angeles, California 90060-0999
Telephone213-736-7500

Disability Determination Services
P.O. Box 24225
Oakland, California 94623-1225
Telephone: 510-622-3506

Disability Determination Services
P.O. Box 619020
Roseville, California 95678-9861
Telephone: 916-774-4100

Disability Determination Services
P.O. Box 997120
Sacramento, California 95899-7120
Telephone: 916-263-5000

Disability Determination Services
P.O. Box 85501
San Diego, California 92186-5501
Telephone: 619-278-4550

Disability Determination Service Division
P.O. Box 85326
San Diego, CA 92186-5326
Telephone: 619-278-4300

DDS EXAMINES YOUR CASE FOR SSD ELIGIBLITY

These are the places where your Claims Examiner reviews your case to see if you qualify for disability. If you have questions or need to submit medical records, then you can submit information to DDS. The Claims Examiner decides whether or not you have a qualifying disability at the initial and reconsideration level of your case.

If the Claims Examiner denies your case at the reconsideration level, then you will need to file a Request for a Hearing with the SSA. It is important to file the appeals on time, at each stage of the disability process. For instance, you only have 60 days in which to appeal an unfavorable decision from the SSA. You do not want to want to miss the 60 day deadline.

CANNON DISABILITY LAW – THE BEST SSD ATTORNEYS IN CALIFORNIA

At Cannon Disability Law, we are experts in applying for disability and winning disability benefits. For example, in the last 30 years, we have won over 20,000 disability cases for our clients. If you need help applying for benefits, contact our office. We can also help you appeal a denial from the SSA.

When you contact our office for help with your application, make sure you know the basic about your case. We will need to know your birthdate, wedding date, divorce date, and the date you last worked. Also, we will need to know the names, addresses and phone numbers of your doctors. For instance, the application asks basic information about your family and your children. Likewise, you will also need a list of the places you have worked. Also, you will need to describe what you did for your job at each workplace. The SSA needs to know this information in order to process your application.

WORKING WITH YOUR LEGAL TEAM TO WIN YOUR SSD CASE

Our legal team cannot file an application for you without your help. That is why we state that we are your legal team. A team requires teamwork, from all of the players. We may be experts at disability law, but you are the expert on the facts about your daily life. Our team needs to know why you cannot work. Likewise we will need you to explain the symptoms of your disability to us.

After we file your application, we will then need to collect your medical records. We will need your help to do collect your records from your physicians, counselors, and physical therapists. If you don’t give us the information about your treating sources, then we will not be able to contact them on your behalf.

Most importantly, after we file your application, we can represent you at your hearing in California. If your case goes through a denial at the initial and reconsideration phases of the disability process, then we will request a hearing for you. Prior to your hearing, we will prepare you for your testimony. For example, we will review the questions the judge will ask. Likewise, we will help you prepare your answers while looking at your specific disabilities. Let us help you win your SSD and SSI case. If you need help in California with your Social Security Disability case, contact Cannon Disability Law today.

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