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Oakland & San Francisco Disability Information

 Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco California


Oakland and San Francisco are home to over 10 million people. Many of whom are eligible for disability benefits because they cannot work. If you have a medical impairment that stops you from working, you can apply for disability benefits.

You can apply by visiting your local office. The address of the local SSA offices in Oakland and San Francisco are below. One can also apply online for benefits at the Social Security website.  It is easiest to apply online. If you need help applying on line, contact us. We have a specialist in our office who can help you with an SSD and SSI benefits application.

Most importantly, be aware that all benefits start from the date of application. Therefore, every day you wait to apply is a day you lose money. Call or contact us to see if we can help you win your benefits (800) 732-2323. Put our legal experience in California to work for you.

At Cannon Disability Law, we are licensed Social Security Disability attorneys in California.  We travel to Oakland and San Francisco on a regular basis. Our attorneys represent hundreds of clients in both cities.  Additionally, we offer a free consultation over the phone. If you have questions about applying for benefits or want to know if we can represent you in your current SSD case, it is free to call our offices. Often, we can tell you over the phone whether we can help you win your disability benefits.


It isn’t necessary to visit the offices below to apply for disability benefits. However, if you want to do that, you can.  A list of the local offices is outlined below for you. Also, you can apply for disability benefits by calling 1-800-772-1213 or by filling out an online application at Social Security’s website.

Additionally, you should be aware that there is a hearing office in both Oakland and San Francisco. Whatever office you live closer to will be your hearing site. The SSA will send you notice of the time and place for your hearing. Most importantly, do not skip your hearing. You only get one chance to have a hearing. If you do not attend your hearing, then your case will be denied. And, you will have to apply for SSD benefits all over again. After waiting so long, you do not want to start the process of applying over again.


If, for some reason, you cannot attend your hearing. Call the hearing office and ask them to re-schedule your case. You do not want to miss your hearing date. Additionally, you do not want to go unrepresented to your hearing. It is never a good idea to try to represent yourself.

If you have never been to a disability hearing you don’t know what will happen. The hearing is not easy. You also need to hire an attorney who has experience to win your case.  An attorney will prepare you for the hearing questions and explain what kind of answers the disability judge expects from you. This could be one of the most important decisions in your life. Hire a representative with experience. You need the best attorney, because you are going to be relying on SSD and SSI benefits as income for the rest of your life.


​In California, qualifying disabilities for SSD and SSI benefits can be both physical and mental. For example, you may be a person who has disabling, chronic back pain from arthritis. Or, you may have even undergone multiple spinal surgeries.  While you may think that your spinal impairments are the only reason you cannot work, chronic pain often results in mental impairments, such as depression or anxiety. Mental impairments, even if they create moderate symptoms are important. The SSA is required to look at the combination of all of your impairments, including both mental and physical issues, to see if they prevent you from working at all jobs.

Your physical and mental impairments, combined with your education and skill level from your past work, may qualify you for disability benefits. When the SSA looks at your case, they might evaluate it under their special rules. These rules are known as the Medical Vocational Guidelines or the “GRIDS.” The GRIDS are helpful to disabled individuals whose impairment does not meet or equal a listing. However, their disability still prevents them from working. The GRIDS take age discrimination in the workforce into account. We often ask the disability judges at our client’s hearings to apply the GRID rules to their disability case.

Some people are unable to work due to adverse factors such as advanced age, the inability to learn new work skills, or lack of education. To learn more about qualifying for disability benefits, see our page about the Medical Vocational Guidelines.  Also, if you are over 50 years old, read about how we help people who are over 50 years old obtain disability benefits.


Oakland Social Security Administration Office
360 22ND ST, Suite 400
Oakland, CA – 94607

Oakland Social Security Administration Office
​Eastmont Town Center
7200 Bancroft Avenue
Oakland, CA – 94605

San Francisco Social Security Administration Office
560 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA – 94108

San Francisco Social Security Administration Office
90 7th St
San Francisco, CA – 94103​

San Francisco Social Security Administration Office
1098 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA – 94110


Don’t worry about paying up-front costs to hire an attorney. Most attorneys require a retainer before they will begin working on your case. A retainer is a certain amount of money, like $2000, that you pay upfront. Attorneys charge this before they begin doing any legal work. However, we do not charge a retainer. In fact, it doesn’t cost you any money upfront to hire our law firm.

We offer a free consultation. Also, we do not charge a retainer or any money upfront. Why? Because you only pay us an attorney fee if we win your case. This is a contingency fee. It means if we win, you pay out of your back benefits. If you do not win, there is no attorney fee to pay.

If there are costs in your case, then you pay those. But the costs in most cases is less than $100. Also, most cases take 1.5 to 2 years. This is from start to finish. So, we will work for you for up to two years for free. Of course, we hope to win your case. Once we win, our attorney fee is paid from your back benefit. Our goal is to win your disability case. Call today. See what we can do for you.

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