Westminster, California, known as the “City of Progress Built on Pride” is located in Western Orange County, in southwest California. The city is known for its large population of Vietnamese immigrants, who make up over 40% of the city’s population. Westminster is located less than 10 miles from the Pacific Coast.
About Westminster, California
Westminster has a population of nearly 90,000. The main local employers include the local school district, Southern California Edison, Ito Farms (a large barley growing operation), local hospitals, the Westminster city government, BE Aerospace and retail giants Wal-Mart and Sears. Many of the residents of Westminster also commute to other cities in Orange County and Southern California.
Westminster has higher than average unemployment rates, with only 69% of people 21 to 64 years old with no disabilities and 58% of the same age group with disabilities employed. Nearly a quarter (23.8%) of the working age population lives with a disability of one sort or another, making it difficult for many of the area’s residents to find and maintain employment.
The high levels of disability are due in part to the fact that agricultural jobs, with the dangers inherent to them, make up a large percentage of the jobs available in the area, especially for those who lack education or marketable work skills. Because many of the area’s residents speak Spanish or Hmong as their first language, language barriers often make it difficult for older disabled workers to retrain for other employment.
Disability Benefits in Westminster, California
If you or someone you care about lives in Westminster and can no longer work because of a disabling condition, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits such as SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income). Generally speaking, SSDI is limited to those who have spent several years in the work force and have earned enough work credits to qualify for the program and SSI is for those who either don’t qualify for SSDI< or whose have low income and assets.
It’s important when applying for benefits to have a professional Westminster Social Security disability lawyer in your corner. A Westminster disability attorney will know better than anyone else how to help you navigate the often confusing process necessary to obtain benefits.
Hiring an Attorney in Westminster
Even if you have already started the application process, and especially if you have been denied, you should call a Westminster disability lawyer. While it is best to have your Westminster Social Security attorney working with you on your claim from the beginning, statistics show that your chances of having your claim approved increase considerably at every stage of the application and appeals process if you have professional representation.
If you have trouble understanding English, it is important to find a Westminster Social Security disability lawyer who is either able to speak your language or who employs interpreters. If understanding English presents a problem, it is especially important to make sure that you have help filling out all Social Security disability applications and documents. It’s not uncommon to have trouble accurately filling out all forms, even amongst those who have English as their first language.
To receive a free evaluation from an experienced Westminster Social Security disability lawyer, simply fill out the request for a free evaluation form on this page. The evaluation is free, and your Westminster Social Security attorney will only collect a fee if you retain his services and are ultimately awarded disability benefits.
In addition to Westminster, Westminster Social Security disability attorneys represent clients in Midway City, Smeltzer, Stanton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Rossmoor, Los Alamitos, Orange, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Lakewood, Cypress, Fullerton, Placentia, Villa Park, Tustin, Irvine, and Costa Mesa.