Social Security Disability


Don’t Make These Common SSD Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | August 19th, 2019

From the day you started your first job, you’ve paid into Social Security via deductions taken out of every paycheck you’ve earned. For most people, that money is paid back to them when they retire. But some people aren’t able to work until retirement age. Instead, they suffer injuries or illnesses that prevent them from returning to work and earning a living to support themselves and their loved ones.

If that happened to you, you may be eligible to get Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. SSD benefits are similar to those for retirees, but you may receive them before retirement age if a doctor rules you are unable to return to work. However, getting approved for benefits can be difficult. That’s because the Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict requirements for the claims it processes and approves.

Making any of the following mistakes can put your claim in jeopardy:

  • Waiting too long to apply—The sooner you apply for benefits, the sooner you can start receiving money to replace your lost paychecks. In addition, waiting too long can make the SSA suspicious of your claim, and it may view your injury or illness as being pre-existing.
  • Not taking medical care seriously—Whether you exaggerate or downplay your symptoms, fail to make your doctors’ appointments, or don’t participate in recommended rehabilitation programs, not taking your medical care seriously can be harmful to your claim.

Got questions or concerns about your SSD claim? The California Social Security Disability attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.


What to Expect: Social Security Disability Claims

by Staff Blogger | June 19th, 2019

If you become disabled and unable to work before retirement age, the future and your ability to provide for yourself and your family can feel uncertain. But if you’ve been paying into the Social Security system, you may be eligible to receive benefits. In some cases, your spouse and child may also be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if you become disabled before retirement age.

A portion of every paycheck you earn goes into the Social Security system. Those who qualify for the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s definition of disabled and have an appropriate number of years worked are eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. You are generally considered disabled if your medical condition is expected to persist for more than a year and interferes with your ability to perform basic work activities such as standing, sitting, lifting, or remembering. If you become disabled, we recommend applying for benefits immediately. Processing an application may take several months.

What We Can Do to Help

The Social Security Disability application process can be complicated, and the requirements are strict. In one 2017 study, only 42% of surveyed applicants ultimately received benefits. However, those who hired a disability attorney had nearly twice the success rate of those who didn’t: 60% for those with representation vs. 33% without. Even if your application is denied on your first try, hiring an attorney may improve your chances of appealing the decision.

When you hire the California Social Security Disability attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers, we can ensure your application is filled out completely and correctly, gather medical records to support your claim, communicate with the SSA on your behalf, file appeals, prep you for appeal hearings, and build a case for your disability.

As a Disabled Worker, You Deserve Compensation

You don’t have to deal with the stress of filing for disability benefits alone. Let the experienced attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers help you get the compensation you deserve. And if we don’t get your application approved, you pay nothing. That’s our No Fee Guarantee®. Contact us today for a free case review.  


3 Ways Our Lawyers Help With SSD Benefits Claims

by Staff Blogger | May 27th, 2019

If you’re like millions of Americans, you and your loved ones can’t risk losing even a single paycheck. That means that if you get injured or develop a serious illness that prevents you from working, you may be facing financial uncertainty.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits for people whose health problems keep them out of work for long periods of time, but getting those benefits is often difficult. That’s because the SSA has strict criteria for determining who gets benefits. At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California Social Security Disability lawyers know how the process works, and we help people like you maximize their chances of approval in the following three ways:

  1. We collect evidence that proves you can’t work—The SSA is often skeptical of claims when applicants say they’re too sick or hurt to work. We can collect accident reports and medical records that prove your claim.
  2. We make sure your application is complete, accurate, and submitted on time—The SSA wants applications to be free from errors and oversights. Even small mistakes can jeopardize claims, but we make sure yours is airtight.
  3. We use our knowledge of the SSA’s processes to improve your chances—We know the ins and outs of the SSA’s review and approval processes. That means we can put our knowledge and resources to work for your family to give you the best chances of approval.

Get the experienced legal representation you deserve for your SSD claim. Call us today for a free consultation.


Getting Approved for SSD Benefits Without a Lawyer Is Difficult

by Staff Blogger | January 28th, 2019

Every time American workers are issued paychecks, some of their money is deducted by the Social Security Administration (SSA). For most people, that money gets paid back when they retire. But others need that money much earlier if they suffer injuries or illnesses that prevent them from working.

The SSA is responsible for overseeing benefits for both retirees and disabled workers. And while most people automatically get the benefits they’re entitled to when they retire, it’s a different story for people who can’t work due to health problems or disabilities.

First-time applicants for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are often rejected. That’s because the SSA has extremely strict criteria for what it considers valid claims. Any minor mistake, oversight, or misstep during the application process can be enough for the SSA to deny a claim.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California Social Security Disability lawyers know how strict the SSA is when it comes to approving benefits for people who can’t work. We also know how devastating it can be for victims and their families when their applications are denied. That’s why we build strong claims that are designed to get approved the first time around.

When you choose us to handle your Social Security Disability claim, you’ll get peace of mind knowing your claim is backed by hard evidence concerning the cause of your injury or illness and its effect on your ability to work. In addition, we’ll make sure your application is complete, accurate, and submitted on time. We know how the SSA reviews claims, and we’re ready to use that knowledge in your favor. Call today for a free consultation.


Why Are SSD Benefits Claims Denied?

by Staff Blogger | October 29th, 2018

Social Security benefits aren’t just for retirees. They’re also designed to protect people who are injured or develop illnesses that prevent them from going back to work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is in charge of overseeing the benefits system and determining who gets monthly paychecks, but the criteria for approving claims is strict. That means people with serious illnesses and injuries often fall through the cracks and are unable to get the benefits they deserve.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California Social Security Disability lawyers know this fact all too well. We’ve helped many people who are unable to go back to work due to health conditions apply for benefits or appeal the SSA’s decisions on their claims. In addition to having a law firm on your side that knows the ins and outs of SSD benefits claims, it’s also important to know why claims are often denied:

  • Incomplete, inaccurate, or missing paperwork—The SSA wants thorough documentation of everything related to your illness or injury. If anything is missing, not completely filled out, or contains incorrect information, your claim may be denied.
  • Lack of evidence concerning your illness or injury—Going to the doctor and following up with medical appointments is essential for SSD benefits eligibility. If you fail to do so, the SSA may not believe your health problems are serious enough to warrant awarding you the money you deserve.

We don’t think you should have to worry about mistakes costing you a chance to get money. Call us today for a free consultation, and let us get to work for you.


Why Do You Need a Lawyer to Help with Your SSD Benefits Claim?

by Staff Blogger | July 30th, 2018

When you’re unable to go back to work, you’re supposed to be eligible to get compensation via the Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits program. But the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it difficult for injured workers to get the money they deserve—and if you’re unfamiliar with the filing process, having a lawyer on your side can be extremely beneficial.

The burden of proof for injured workers is heavy when they’re applying for SSD benefits. And in some cases, proving you were hurt at work and can’t return to your job isn’t enough. Even minor mistakes are known to jeopardize otherwise strong claims, leaving injured workers and their families scrambling to keep their heads above water.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California Social Security Disability lawyers want to maximize your chances of getting the money you deserve by taking the following steps:

  • We’ll present evidence that supports your claim. The SSA is skeptical of most claims by default. Saying that you were hurt at work—even if your employer agrees—isn’t enough to get your claim approved. We’ll collect evidence that proves the on-the-job accident occurred and that the injuries you suffered are severe enough to keep you out of work for the foreseeable future.
  • We’ll make sure your claim is error-free and submitted on time. The SSA wants benefits claims to be complete, accurate, and submitted on time. But when you’re injured, it can be difficult to comply with those strict requirements. Let us handle the paperwork on your behalf. We know the SSA’s system, and we know what it takes to file a successful claim.

Don’t risk not getting the benefits you earned during your career. Call us today for a free consultation.


2 Common SSD Benefits Mistakes to Avoid

by Staff Blogger | April 9th, 2018

The fact that a large percentage of American workers are eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits if they become disabled due to work-related illnesses or injuries is a double-edged sword.

On one hand, it’s a great safety net for workers and their families when they’re victims of accidents or other unfortunate on-the-job incidents that threaten their health. But on the other hand, the wide availability of SSD benefits means that strict standards and requirements must be met before workers can get approved for the benefits they deserve.

Some of those strict standards and requirements can be and often are violated by first-time applicants, especially if they are unfamiliar with the process or proceed without the help of a California Social Security Disability lawyer. Common mistakes that applicants sometimes make include:

  1. Not taking medical treatment seriously – Getting approved for SSD benefits means proving you’re suffering from an illness or injury. If you put off going to the doctor or fail to follow his or her instructions, it can harm your claim when you’re seeking benefits.
  2. Waiting too long to file a claim or contact a lawyer – Time is of the essence with SSD claims. Every SSD claim must go through multiple steps, and the longer you wait, the longer it will take for the Social Security Administration to process your claim.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we fight for the rights of people like you to help them get the money they deserve. Call today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to put our experience, resources, and determination to work for you and your loved ones.


We Want to Help With Your SSD Benefits Claim

by Staff Blogger | January 29th, 2018

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are a government funded program for workers who get hurt or develop illnesses that prevent them from returning to their jobs for long periods of time.

And while SSD benefits can be life-changing for approved workers and their families, countless people see their claims denied every year. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict criteria and guidelines for applicants, and many people who otherwise meet those requirements slip through the cracks due to errors, incomplete information, or missed deadlines on their applications and their appeals.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California Social Security Disability lawyers know how the process works. We have years of experience helping clients maximize their chances of success, whether they’re applying for benefits for the first time or appealing the SSA’s decision.

When you choose us to help with your social security disability claim, it’s our goal to:

  • Make sure your application or appeal is complete, accurate, and submitted on time – It can be difficult to keep track of all the SSA’s requirements when you’re trying to get better. Let us handle the fine print and small details while you spend time with your family.
  • Guide you through the appeals process – If your application is denied and you may deserve benefits, an experienced SSD attorney can help file a strong appeal on your behalf and guide you every step of the way.

Don’t leave your family’s future up to chance. Call us today for a free consultation, and let us put our experience to work for you.


A Better Way to Seek SSD Benefits

by Staff Blogger | July 3rd, 2017

Social Security Disability(SSD) benefits are difficult to secure. In our experience, it’s not simply about whether or not you are disabled and qualify for benefits but a lack of understanding of the application process and how the system works. Too qualify for benefits, you must prove that you are unable to work. Getting that level of proof on your own can be extremely difficult, which is one of the reasons why more than two-thirds of all initial applications are denied.

There’s a better way to work toward getting benefits. Call an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to handle your application from start to finish. A good portion of our SSD clients came to us after they were denied benefits, but we’d love to speak with you before you make your initial application. We know how the Social Security Disability system works, and we can help you put together the strongest application you can.

Wouldn’t you rather get benefits the first time around? Call us today for a free consultation, whether or not you’ve been denied already. We’ll review your application at no cost or obligation, and do everything within our power to make sure you start getting your disability checks as soon as possible. Contact us today.


Losing the Ability to Work

by Staff Blogger | June 5th, 2017

The ability to get up on a Monday morning and go to a job that pays the bills is a privilege. We take that privilege for granted while thousands of Americans struggle with injuries or illnesses that have robbed them of that ability. As a result, they must turn to government programs such as Social Security Disability for financial assistance. Unfortunately, more than two-thirds of all initial applications are denied, leaving folks with disabilities in our own communities wondering how they’ll make ends meet.

If you or someone you love has been denied Social Security Disability benefits, don’t give up. There is still a good chance you can secure benefits through an appeal. However, you can’t win an appeal the same way you applied for benefits in the first place. You need a new strategy that will give you the best chance of being approved. An experienced California Social Security Disability attorney can help you develop that strategy. We know the system and how to get you the benefits you deserve.

Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation. We’ll review your application for free and fight on your behalf for the benefits you and your family will need going forward. You may be closer to benefits than you think, so call us today.