When you apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in Sunnyvale, CA, you should understand that the process is long and complex. Many individuals see several months pass before their initial application is reviewed and only about 31 percent of applicants are approved after the initial review of their claim.
If you’re initial SSD application is denied, you may request a reconsideration of your claim. If the second review also results in a denial, your next step is to appeal the decision. Doing so will mean your case will be reviewed by an administrative law judge. It can take anywhere from six months to more than a year before all reviews and appeals are processed.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires individuals who receive SSD to be unable to as a result of permanent or long-term disability. To put in an application for SSD, you’ll need to call the SSA at (800)772-1213 or complete your application at your local SSA field office. If you need help finding your local office, call the main SSA phone number listed above, or visit the online SSA Office Locator.
Sunnyvale Health Resources
You’ll turn in your application for Sunnyvale disability benefits to your local office where it will be reviewed for completeness. Once its determined he file contains all necessary documentation, it will be sent on the Disability Determination Services office where the medical records in your case file will be reviewed under SSA guidelines to determine your eligibility.
Adequately supporting your claim for Sunnyvale disability benefits means showing you’ve received ongoing and regular medical care for the condition or conditions causing your disability. Paying for healthcare with limited financial resources can be difficult. Here are a few Sunnyvale disability resources for free and low cost medical services.
Valley Health Center
660 S Fair Oaks Ave,
Sunnyvale, CA 94086-7913
MayView Community Health Center
785 Morse Ave,
Sunnyvale, CA 94085-3010
Sunnyvale Mental Health Resources
If you’re disabled due to a mental or psychological condition, or such a condition plays a role in your physical disability, you must include substantiating documentation in your SSD application showing ongoing mental health care. Here are a few of the Sunnyvale disability resources for low cost and free mental health providers.
Fair Oaks Mental Health Center
660 S Fair Oaks Ave
Sunnyvale CA 94086
JFK Community Counseling Center
572 Dunholme Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Sunnyvale Supplemental Security Benefits
Those who receive Sunnyvale disability benefits are sometimes eligible for other benefits as well, like Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and Medicare. SSI is most often issued to those who need residential care or other similar services, though it can be for everyday expenses too. Medicaid – which is called Medi-Cal in California – and Medicare both pay medical-related expenses. To learn more about SSI, contact the SSA office serving the Sunnyvale community at:
Social Security Administration
700 E El Camino Real, Suite 350
Mountain View, CA 94040
To discover more about Medi-Cal and Medicare, contact:
Santa Clara County Department of Public Social Services
1919 Senter Rd,
San Jose, CA 95112
Your Sunnyvale Social Security Disability Claim
An application for Sunnyvale disability benefits which contains all the appropriate medical documentation has a higher chance of being approved. Even with substantial medical records, there is no guarantee you’ll be found eligible for SSD, but a Sunnyvale Social Security lawyer can greatly increase your chances.
If you’re concerned about paying for a Sunnyvale Social Security lawyer’s services, don’t be. He or she is only paid if you’re approved for benefits, at which point the lawyer would receive 25% (up to a max of $6,000) of the retroactive benefits you’re paid at the start of your SSD.
If you are interested in obtaining an evaluation of your Social Security Disability case, click the "Free Disability Evaluation" link at the top of the page for your free case evaluation or to get more information about hiring a Sunnyvale disability attorney.