Social Security Disability Lawyer in LA | Kenton Koszdin

If you’re seeking support for your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim, our SSDI attorney in Los Angeles is here to help cut through the confusion and get you the benefits you deserve. Contact Kenton Koszdin Law Office today to discuss your case.

A Skilled Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Increase Your Chances of a Successful Claim

At Kenton Koszdin Law Office, we understand the challenges and frustrations that can arise when applying for SSDI benefits. Our team has been serving the people of Los Angeles with exceptional legal representation and support since 1998.

With more than 600 Social Security hearings under his belt, firm founder and lead attorney Kenton Koszdin is deeply familiar with every step of the claims process and knows the most effective legal strategies to employ in any given scenario.

We’re committed to increasing your chances of a successful claim, which we do by leveraging our in-depth knowledge of the Social Security system and our experience in disability law.

Reach out to Kenton Koszdin Law Office today at 818-381-5211 to schedule a free, zero-pressure case evaluation. Let us secure the benefits you’re entitled to.

Results Matter

We have a record of success with cases denied by SSA. In one case, our client suffered from back and neck problems that required three surgeries. We overcame a claim denial that stated she was not disabled because she was young and had done some light work. We requested an ALJ hearing and won SSDI benefits for her.
In another case, our client suffered from fibromyalgia. The claim was denied because many doctors and claims examiners do not believe fibromyalgia is a real illness. She was awarded SSDI benefits after we argued her case at an ALJ hearing.


Plus Future Medical Care

The insurance company claimed our client’s pain was in her head. We proved them wrong.


Plus Future Medical Care

The insurance company argued our client suffered a minor strain. We knew the damage was major.


Plus Future Medical Care

Client was awarded $267,000 plus future medical care for life.

What Is Social Security, and What Types of SSDI Benefits Can One Be Eligible for in Los Angeles?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides two benefits programs for people unable to work due to physical or mental impairment: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

SSDI is for workers who have contributed to Social Security for a sufficient length of time, usually five out of the last 10 years of work. By contrast, SSI provides disability benefits for those not covered by Social Security.

These systems were created to mitigate the vulnerability to poverty for people with long-term disabilities. An SSDI lawyer in Los Angeles will usually handle SSI cases as well.

When someone suffers a disability, even a temporary one, their limitations may prevent them from working. Many applicants risk financial ruin without the advocacy of a Social Security Disability lawyer.

Here are the types of benefits you may be eligible to receive in California.

Retirement benefits are available to individuals who have reached the eligible age for retirement. A qualified Los Angeles Social Security lawyer can help you understand the factors determining the amount of your retirement benefits, such as your work history, earnings records, and the age at which you start receiving benefits.

Divorce benefits, also known as spousal benefits, may be accessible for individuals who were married to someone who received Social Security benefits. Our team can help you navigate the complexities of divorce benefits, ensuring that you meet the eligibility criteria and get the maximum benefit amount possible based on your former spouse’s earnings.

Social Security family benefits encompass various types of support available to qualifying family members. For example, minor children of a disabled or retired worker may be eligible for dependent benefits. We can help you understand the specific requirements and application process for family benefits.

SSI benefits offer financial assistance to individuals with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or aged. Our legal professionals can guide you through the SSI application process to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria and obtain the benefits you need to cover necessities like food, shelter, and clothing.

Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits?

To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have a long-term disability that lasts at least one year or a terminal illness. You must also work in a job where you’ve paid into Social Security for at least 10 years, and at least five of the past 10.

Additionally, your disability lawyer must prove that your condition prevents you from working or training for a new job.

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Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

SSDI claims start with an application outlining your identifying information and job background. The SSA uses this application to screen for eligibility and will request your medical records directly from your healthcare providers after the screening.

A mistake in this stage can trigger a denial, so it’s important to work with a skilled Social Security Disability lawyer.

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What to Do if Your SSDI Claim Is Denied

Denial isn’t the end of the world — the SSA has administrative processes to review and correct claim denials. That said, you’ll need a Social Security attorney with the knowledge and experience to navigate the system if you want your appeal to succeed. Attorney Kenton Koszdin is prepared to fight to get you the benefits to which you’re rightfully entitled.

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The first step in overturning a denial involves having your claim reviewed by a claims examiner who wasn’t involved in the initial decision. They’ll reassess the claim, reviewing the available evidence and medical records and considering any new information.


If your claim is denied again during reconsideration, the next step is to schedule a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). During this hearing, you’ll have the opportunity to present your case, provide additional evidence, and testify. The judge will review the relevant details and make a decision based on the merits of your case.

Appeals Council

If your claim is denied at the hearing stage, the next course is to appeal to the SSA’s Appeals Council. They review decisions made by ALJs and assess potential errors or lack of evidence. The Appeals Council can decide the case themselves or send it back for further review by an ALJ.

Federal Court

If the Appeals Council affirms the denial, the final option is to file a lawsuit in a federal district court. The court will review your case to determine whether the denial was legally incorrect or lacked substantial evidence.

How We’ll Handle Your Case

Before we start working on your case, we’ll talk to you at length about your disability and how it impacts your ability to work. Next, we’ll gather your medical records and formulate a strategy to deal with any claim denials you’ve received. We deal with the SSA on your behalf so you can focus on your health. We’ll provide regular case updates and involve you in all strategic decisions.
Our team will fight for your right to receive the disability benefits the law entitles you to, including filing a lawsuit in federal court if necessary.

What Are the Common Injuries Eligible for Social Security Benefits?

The following are some of the most common injuries and conditions for which California residents receive Social Security benefits.

Mental Disorders

Mental disorders include conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To be eligible for Social Security benefits, the disorder must directly and significantly impact your ability to work and function in daily life.

Inflammatory Arthritis

Inflammatory arthritis is characterized by joint inflammation that causes pain, swelling, and stiffness. Examples include rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. To receive benefits, your arthritis must be clinically diagnosed and cause demonstrable limitations in daily activities.

Musculoskeletal System Disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders affect the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Examples include osteoarthritis, herniated discs, and fibromyalgia. These conditions and disorders must cause extreme or persistent difficulty in performing work-related activities to be covered by Social Security.

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