The Social Security Administration provides disability benefits—SSDI and SSI—to individuals with disabilities to help pay for life’s necessities. While these benefits are a necessary from of assistance for many individuals, they aren’t always easy to receive. If you are a disabled resident of Downey, CA and plan to file for disability benefits, it is important that you contact an attorney or advocate to help you.
Even if you feel as if you don’t need an attorney or advocate, hiring one can increase your chances of approval and potentially shorten your wait for disability benefits. In 2012 alone, Los Angeles County was home to 152,710 SSDI recipients and 280,165 SSI recipients—many of whom had a Downey disability lawyer helping them.
This page will mainly focus on the benefits of hiring an attorney or advocate. If you have any questions or concerns about other portions of the application process, you should contact the following Social Security Disability office:
12440 E. Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA 90650
This Social Security field office is the closest to Downey, CA and is located on the southwest corner of Imperial Highway and Bloomfield Avenue. It will also handle claimants from Downey, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Artesia, and Cerritos.
Hiring a Downey Disability Lawyer
Although the actual application for disability benefits consists of several different forms, the application process is much more complicated than answering a few questions and signing your name. You will be required to remember important dates and times, you’ll have to collect extensive documentation of your condition, and you’ll have to find certain financial and work-related documents. Applying for disability can feel like a full time job.
Hiring an attorney or advocate can reduce your workload and can decrease your chances of making a costly mistake. If you are concerned about paying for legal representation, be sure to visit this page. It will explain how Social Security Disability lawyers are only paid if the claimant is awarded benefits.
A Downey Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, Kern County, San Diego County, San Bernardino County, and Ventura County: Los Angeles, Huntington Park, Compton, Palmdale, Monteray Park, Montabello, Pico Rivera, Whittier, La Mirada, La Habra, Buena Park, Fullerton, Anaheim, Cerritos, Cypress, Bellflower, Lakewood, Long Beach, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights, El Monte, and Inglewood.
If you would like to learn more about the legal assistance available to you, contact this bar association:
Los Angeles County Bar Association
1055 W. 7th Street Suite 2700
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Downey Social Security Disability Appeal Hearings
If you have already been through the initial application process and are now headed for an appeal hearing, it is very important that you retain the services of a qualified attorney or advocate. The appeal hearing is arguably the most stressful and difficult portion of the Social Security Disability application.
A legal professional will be able to prepare you to appear in front of judge and answer questions. He or she can keep you calm and will make sure the judge understands exactly why you need Social Security Disability benefits.
One of the hardest parts of the disability appeal hearing, is actually waiting for your hearing date. Going months without income can lead to significant financial distress. If you are facing a medical or financial emergency, ask your lawyer about congressional inquiry.
Congressional inquiry occurs when a claimant or his or her legal representative speaks to a local congressperson about their financial and medical situation. If the congressperson agrees, he or she can speak to the hearing office and attempt to have your hearing held sooner. Although this is not always successful, it will not hurt your claim to try.
Your congressperson's office is:
500 Citadel Drive,
Suite 320 Commerce, CA 90040
Phone: (323) 721-8790
Fax: (323) 721-8789
Complete the form below to consult with a Social Security Disability attorney or advocate for free: