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Santa Barbara, CA Social Security Disability Lawyers

Helping the disabled receive the benefits they need

Many people rely on the benefits that the Social Security system provides to support themselves when an injury or disability prevents them from working. Unfortunately, a majority of the applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are initially denied. However, there is hope — an experienced California Social Security Disability attorney can help you appeal that decision and get the benefits you need.

Hourigan Holzman & Sprague, LLP represents clients throughout the Central Coast of California whose applications for Social Security Disability benefits have been denied at the initial determination and reconsideration stages. Our lawyers can help file your appeal, get you a hearing and develop evidence to present to administrative law judges. Our representation is on a contingency basis, which means that if you do not win your case, you do not have to pay us a fee. We have achieved considerable success helping clients reverse prior denials of benefits, and our experienced Social Security lawyers stand ready to assist you today.

The Social Security appeals process

Our firm provides powerful representation for clients throughout the Social Security process. Initially, we provide clients with informal advice on how to properly complete their applications for Social Security Disability benefits. However, if their applications have been denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA), clients have an automatic right to appeal. There are four stages of the appeals process:

Request for reconsideration

As part of our free initial consultation, our lawyers show clients how to file a request for reconsideration. At this phase, the SSA reviews your claim again, along with any additional evidence that is submitted. We focus on providing the SSA with the evidence it needs to approve your application. The SSA follows its own criteria to determine whether applicants are disabled or require additional income. Often, initial applications are denied because they do not provide the SSA with enough evidence to satisfy these requirements. Our attorneys ensure that you gather all appropriate evidence for submission to the SSA, including medical records, financial records and any documentation of disability.

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Administrative hearing

If your request for reconsideration is denied, the next step is arguing your case at an administrative hearing before administrative law judges of the SSA’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). Attorney Dave Holzman has extensive experience representing clients in administrative hearings, and he knows what it takes to get you the benefits you deserve. He works closely with clients to prepare them on what to say and how to answer the judges’ questions. He also ensures that all medical records have been submitted to the court for review and talks to your physicians to secure statements for your use as evidence during the hearing. Attorney Holzman’s dedication and attention to detail has helped him achieve a tremendous success rate on behalf of his clients. Let him put his knowledge and skill to work for you.

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Review by the Appeals Council

If you are turned down at your hearing, you can review that decision in front of the Social Security Appeals Council. The Appeals Council can decide your case itself, deny your request for review or return it to an administrative judge for further review.

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Federal court review

If you disagree with the Appeals Council’s decision, the firm can help you can file a lawsuit against Social Security in federal court. Cases rarely ever make it to this level, but you can rest assured that if your case does, our lawyers have the experience and skill to help you secure results in court.

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Get the benefits you deserve today

Find out how Hourigan Holzman & Sprague, LLP can put more than 30 years of Social Security Disability experience to work for you by calling us today at 805.967.6765 or contacting us online to schedule a free initial consultation. From our offices in Goleta and Lompoc, we represent clients living throughout the Central Coast area of California, including those residing in Buellton, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Solvang, and Santa Maria. Nuestros abagados hablan español.