Modesto

Modesto, California is the largest city in California’s Stanislaus county. With a population of just over 200,000, Modesto offers residents a small-town feel. Like many cities in central California, Modesto started as a small, agricultural town. Agriculture is still a key part of the economy in Modesto due to the fertile farmland throughout the city. Modesto is also home to the largest winery and wine bottle manufacturing company in the world. Modesto is also home to the Modesto Junior College, the Gallo Center for the Arts, the Great Valley Museum, and the historical McHenry Mansion.

Many Modesto residents experience medical conditions or disabilities that make it challenging to maintain gainful employment. Suppose you are a Modesto resident and you are disabled or have a medical condition that stops you from working. In that case, you may be eligible for benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA offers two types of monthly cash benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 

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The Benefits of Hiring a Modesto SSDI Lawyer

The SSA rejects the vast majority of first-time applications for SSDI and SSI benefits. One way to increase the likelihood of your application being approved is to hire an experienced Modesto Social Security lawyer. At Disability Advocates Group, we have a proven track record of effectively representing clients and helping them secure the SSDI and SSI benefits they deserve. 

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When you work with our legal team, we will assist you with completing your application in an accurate and timely manner. Our clients rest easier, knowing that we are managing their application from start to finish. We offer our clients the following services:

  • Assistance with your SSDI or SSI application
  • Creating specialized medical forms to help support your claim
  • Representation during an appeal 
  • Representation during an administrative law hearing
  • One-on-one customer service

The Differences Between SSDI and SSI

There are a few key differences between SSDI and SSI benefits, although the SSA manages both programs. SSI benefits are means-tested. The applicant’s income needs to fall below a certain amount for him or her to qualify. If your income level is above those amounts, you will not qualify for SSI benefits. SSI benefits are available for those with blindness, those with a disability and limited income.

On the contrary, there is no financial means test when it comes to SSDI benefits. Any individual who has a qualifying disability and has enough work credits can qualify for SSDI benefits. Additionally, SSDI benefits are typically greater than SSI benefits, making SSDI benefits preferable for those who qualify. An applicant earns work credits by paying into the Social Security system while employed. Applicants must have enough work credits to receive SSDI benefits.

How Does the Social Security Administration Define Disability?

Additionally, the applicant must prove that he or she has a qualifying disability. The SSA has a strict definition of disability, and only those with medical conditions or disabilities that prohibit their ability to perform work are considered qualifying disabilities. Those with partial or short-term disabilities will not qualify for either SSDI or SSI. If you are unsure whether your disability or medical condition will qualify you for SSDI or SSI benefits, Disability Advocates Group lawyers can help. If you have a qualifying disability, we will help you apply for benefits. Receiving monthly cash benefits can help you and your family tremendously, and it’s worth taking the time to find out whether or not you qualify.

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Modesto Disability Hearing and Appeals Lawyer

The SSA denies most initial SSDI and SSI applications. There are many different reasons for claims denials, ranging from an incomplete application to a disqualifying medical condition. When you work with the legal team at Disability Hearing Lawyer,  we will help you with the entire application process. Unfortunately, the SSA frequently rejects initial applications, even those that are filled out completely. If the SSA denies your SSDI or SSI application, don’t despair. Most applicants need to go through the appeals process. 

 

You have a right to appeal the decision, but you must file your appeal within 60 days of the denial. First, you will need to submit a request for reconsideration. A third party will review your claim, and if he or she denies your claim, you can request an administrative hearing in front of an administrative law judge. You have a right to legal representation throughout the entire appeals process. The legal team at Disability Advocates Group frequently represents clients in SSDI hearings. We will help you prepare for the hearing and present evidence before the administrative law judge.

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Contact a Modesto Social Security Lawyer Today

Receiving SSI or SSDI benefits can be extremely helpful for you and your family. The Disability Advocates Group has helped many Modesto residents successfully obtain Social Security benefits. We will assist you with all of the aspects of your disability claim, including a potential appeal. The sooner you speak to a Modesto SSDI lawyer, the better. We will give your case the one-on-one attention that it deserves. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. 

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Modesto Social Security Office Location:

Social Security Office
1521 N Carpenter Rd, Suite E1
Modesto, CA 95351

Telephone:(888) 748-7698

Social Security Office
510 Commerce Ct
Manteca, CA 95336

Telephone:(866) 320-2587

Social Security Office
4747 Feather River Dr
Stockton, CA 95219

Telephone:(877) 803-6314