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Living with a disability can be impossible. social security disability benefits were designed to help those who are unable to work because of a disability. If you qualify, you could receive payments from the federal government. Increase your chances of succeeding by contacting an experienced Chico, California social security attorney. Fill out the form on the website and contact an experienced Chico social security disability attorney today. Don’t wait, help is right around the corner.

The consequences of your SSI and SSDI application and appeal

The vast majority of the initial applicants are denied social security benefits: generally, between 65% and 70%. By working with an experienced Chico social security lawyer, you can increase your chances of success because you will be working with someone who understands the criteria that the review board is looking for. Winning your claim can mean the difference between homelessness and no medical care, and having a safety net of a monthly benefit payment and life-saving medical care. Those who qualify could potentially receive the following in addition to monthly payments: Medicare, Medicaid, and Food Stamps, depending on your circumstances.

How do I pay a qualified Chico, California Social Security lawyer? I don’t have any money!

Although attorneys can be expensive, a social security attorney is affordable, even for someone who does not have a job. Social security attorneys are paid according to a strict fee schedule. They can only be paid if they win your case for you. That makes sense because claimants usually have no expendable money. The social security administration carefully monitors how much a social security attorney charges. The attorneys are statutorily limited to charging a max of 25% of back pay awarded to you (up to a max of $6,000). That means that in most cases you can only be required to pay money that was already owed to you before you received your social security benefits, and even that amount is limited. Don’t wait to contact an experienced Chico Social Security lawyer. Fill out the form on this page today.

Social Security: Who qualifies for SSI and SSDI

Disability benefits under Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are given to applicants who cannot work due to a disability. Generally, the disability must prevent you from working for a year or more or result in death. Benefits under SSI and SSDI are different.

  1. What is the Standard for Disability in Chico, California? - To receive disability benefits for Social Security Disability you must meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability.
    1. The term disability is that you are unable to engage in “substantial gainful activity” [SGA] because of a medically physical or mental impairment which has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least 12 months, or is expected to result in your death.
  2. If you are working in or around Chico, California is that a factor? - If you are working in Chico and performing SGA, then you are considered able to work and not disabled. In 2012, the SGA limit is $1010 (after taxes) per month. If you earn more than $1010 per month, you are probably not eligible, unless there are special circumstances;
  3. Do You Have a Severe Impairment? - You must have a medical problem which significantly limits your physical or mental ability to perform basic work activities. The impairment must be expected to last for 12 months or end in death;
  4. Does Your Medical Condition Match One of SSA’s Listed Impairments? - SSA has a list of medical conditions ["Listing of Impairments."] that describes medical conditions so severe that SSA considers people who have the conditions disabled;
    1. If your condition does not meet or equal one of the conditions in the Listing of Impairments, then you must ask:
      1. Despite Your Medical Condition, Are You Able to Do Work You Did in the Past? - SSA determines what you are able to do despite your medical condition. This is called the Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). SSA compares your RFC with the physical and mental demands of your past jobs. If you are physically and mentally able to do a job that you have held within the last fifteen years, then SSA considers you "not disabled." However, if you are not able to perform any of your past jobs, then ask:
  5. Despite Your Medical Condition, Are You Able to Do Other Work? - If you cannot perform your past work, then SSA decides whether you are able to perform other types of work.

Can Children in Chico, CA Qualify for Disability Benefits? Yes, but What is the Criteria?

Financially, needy children under age 18 who have serious medical conditions may be eligible for Children's SSI. A child is disabled for SSI if the child is not working and earning more than the SGA level and has a medical condition or combination of conditions that cause "marked and severe functional limitations." Medical evidence documenting the child's medical condition is essential.

(SSDI) Social Security Disability Insurance – Talk to a Knowledgeable Chico Disability Income Attorney Now

Claimants can qualify for SSDI if they are disabled and have previously paid into the social security system through their taxes. So, you must have worked and paid social security taxes to qualify. The government also requires you to have worked a percentage of the previous years, contingent on your age. Some SSDI claimants also qualify for Medicare if they are disabled under the SSDI program for 2 years. Learn more by contacting an experienced SSDI attorney.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – Talk to an experienced Chico Disability Attorney

SSI is paid out like welfare, meaning you cannot earn over a certain amount of money to qualify. In addition, you need to be disabled and unable to work. SSI pays out a smaller amount of money than SSDI, but unlike SSDI, you are not required to have paid into the Social Security system to qualify for payments. In addition, SSI recipients qualify for medical care through Medicaid. To contact an experienced Chico SSI lawyer, fill out the questionnaire on this webpage.

Proving your disability: the process of applying and appealing your decision - Chico, CA Disability Appeal Attorney

You can begin the application process online, in person, or by phone. The process can take a while because the number of applications is generally very high. Usually, you have to wait anywhere between three and six months, maybe longer. You can have your case reviewed by an appeal panel if you are initially denied social security benefits.

The list below contains a few examples of the types of illnesses and injuries that have qualified previous applicants for a disability:


Heart Transplant
Cystic Fibrosis
Somatoform Disorders
Systemic vasculitis
Central nervous system vascular accident
Muscular dystrophy
Cerebral Trauma
Chronic liver disease
Adrenal gland disorders
Chemical Burns
Inflammatory bowel disease


Local SSA Office of Chico, CA

Social Security Office
Suite 150, 1370 E. Lassen Avenue
Chico, California 95973
(800) 772-1213


Low Cost Hospitals in and near Chico, California

Enloe Childrens Health Center
277 Cohasset Road
Chico, California 95926
(530) 332-6000
Del Norte Clinics Inc
680 Cohasset Road
Chico, California 95926
(530) 894-4081


Hospitals in and near Chico, CA

Enloe Medical Center
1531 Esplanade
Chico, California 95926
(530) 332-7400
Feather River Hospital
5974 Pentz Road
Paradise, California 95969
(530) 877-9361




Chico social security lawyers serve clients throughout Central Valley of California, including Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville, Paradise, Bangor, Berry Creek, Butte Creek Canyon, Butte Meadows, Honcut, Kelly Ridge Magalia, Nord, Rackerby, Richvale, Robinson Mill, South Oroville, Stirling City, Thermalito, Yankee Hill, Colusa County, Glenn County, Tehama County, Plumas County.

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