Santa Maria Social Security Disability

The city of Santa Maria, California, is the largest city in Santa Barbara County, with a 2010 population f nearly 100,100. The wine industry, including production and tourism, is a big player in the Santa Maria economy. The military also plays a significant role, thanks to the proximity of Vandenberg Airbase. Rounding out the economic foundation of Santa Maria are the healthcare and education industries.

Santa Maria is among the communities serviced by the Region 9 district office of the Social Security Administration (SSA) in San Francisco. The regional office reviews more than 83,500 new claims each year and handles the distribution of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for more than 790,000 people.

SSDI provides income for those who are unable to work as a result of long-term or complete disability. In order to qualify for SSDI, you must meet the SSA’s disability requirements and have accumulated sufficient work credits throughout the course of your employment over the decade prior to your application for benefits. If you do not meet the work credit requirements for receiving SSD benefits, you may still be eligible for SSI.

Apply for Santa Maria Social Security Disability Benefits

The Santa Maria disability application process is a long and complicated one, and applicants may go through several rounds of reviews. The Social Security Administration (SSA) only approves 30.8 percent of initial claims reviewed by the regional office in the San Francisco, leaving all other applicants with no choice but to request a second review, but only 12.1 percent of reconsidered claims are approved.

The majority of people who are initially denied benefits must proceed through the appeals process, which requires their cases are reviewed by an administrative law judge. This is also the reason the San Francisco office has about 62,000 pending SSD claims on its books at any given time.

The most common reason for denial of Santa Maria Social Security Disability benefit claims is a lack of sufficient medical documentation, or the absence of specific and required medical test results. Hiring a Santa Maria Social Security attorney who is familiar with SSD benefits is in your best interest. Doing so early in the disability application process can shorten your wait for a decision and make it more likely you’ll be approved for benefits.

Listed below is the Social Security office which accepts Santa Maria disability applications:

Santa Maria Social Security Disability Office
2436 Professional Pkwy,
Santa Maria, CA 93455

Santa Maria Social Security Disability Resources

In order to be found eligible for SSD benefits by the SSA, you must show you’ve received ongoing medical care for any disabling conditions. This can be quite challenging when you have limited income. Here are some free and low cost Santa Maria disability resources for receiving medical treatment.

Community Health Centers
210 N Broadway,
Santa Maria, CA 93454-4415

Community Health Centers
201 W Mill St,
Santa Maria, CA 93458-4327

Marian Community Clinics
117 W Bunny Ave,
Santa Maria, CA 93458-2805

Community Health Center
1418 E Main St, Suite 210,
Santa Maria, CA 93454-4836

Santa Maria Women's Health Center
116 S Palisade Dr,
Santa Maria, CA 93454-8904

County Health Clinic
2115 Centerpointe Pkwy,
Santa Maria, CA 93455-1334

Community Health Center
2801 Santa Maria Way,
Santa Maria, CA 93455-2118

Los Adobes de Maria
1148 W Boone St,
Santa Maria, CA 93458-5439

Your Santa Maria Disability Claim

Ensuring all of the right documentation is present in your case file, including the appropriate medical records, is critical to a favorable determination on SSD eligibility. Before you submit your initial application, you should consider getting a free case evaluation from a Santa Maria Social Security attorney. He or she will review your application and all the documentation of your case and make sure your file is as sound and thorough as possible in order to increase your chances of receiving SSD benefits. A Santa Maria disability lawyer can also argue your case at the appeal hearing, if necessary, and help you prepare for testifying in front of the administrative law judge.

Disability attorneys charge no fees upfront and are only paid if you receive SSD benefits. To learn more about hiring a Santa Maria Social Security Disability attorney or to receive a free case evaluation, click here.