Law Offices of Ethan K. Pham
Social Security Card Social Security Disability and SSI Lawyers


7300 Alondra Blvd.
Suite 203
Paramount, CA 90723

Santa Ana
1912 N. Broadway
Suite 102
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Huntington Beach
20042 Beach Blvd.
Suite 100
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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At the Law Offices of Ethan K. Pham, disability law is what we do. We have experienced disability attorneys who will represent you at all stages of your disability claim, including representing you at administrative hearings and on appeal. Our attorneys are committed to helping clients navigate the often complex Social Security Disability application process. Expect the maximum in personal service and effective representation from our attorneys. We work closely with our clients and remain accessible to keep them informed of every development. Don't just rely on anyone. Let a disability lawyer help you.


Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are the most common type of Social Security benefits. They may be awarded to individuals who have worked full time in recent years and who are now disabled.  You are eligible only for these benefits if you have paid a certain amount of Social Security tax over a period of time and enough to have disability insurance coverage.  As a general rule, this means you have worked and paid Social Security tax for at least five out of the last ten years before you became totally disabled.  How much you can expect to receive in benefits depends on how much you have paid into Social Security.

Proving Disability.  Assuming you have met the tax contribution requirements, you must:

  Be unable to do any substantial work because of your physical or mental condition(s); and

  Your physical or mental condition(s) must last, or be expected to last at least 1 year or expected to end in death.

The Application Process for receiving disability benefits can be very difficult. Most often, people are initially rejected and are forced to appeal the decision several times before being accepted for Social Security Disability. This appeals process may take years to complete, and can require the review of medical records and legal arguments to show that the disability does, in fact, prevent you from working.  Medical evidence is crucial.  Simply appearing at the hearing and saying "I am disabled" is not enough.

At the
Law Offices of Ethan K. Pham
, we will have an attorney assist you from the very beginning when you file your initial claim, and we will continue to represent you throughout your appeals process and hearing.  We will keep you informed throughout the process.  Many firms and organizations, including ones you see on TV use paralegals and "advocates" to represent their clients. Our clients can rest assure and know that they will be represented by our experienced disability attorneys throughout their claim. We pride ourselves in providing full-service legal representation.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a “needs-based” program in which individuals with little or no resources or assets may receive disability benefits.  SSI applicants do not have to show tax contributions in order to receive benefits.  It is strictly a needs-based program.  However, the disability requirements are identical to SSDI.  SSI applicants must also prove that their disability precludes them from gainful employment for at least 12 months or expected to end in death.  The application process is the same and SSDI claimants can also apply for SSI at the same time.


Since many people who are applying for Social Security Disability and SSI are struggling with lost income, the cost of hiring an attorney can be a concern. We understand the financial constraints of our clients and offer our agreements based on a contingency, meaning you will owe no attorneys fees unless you win.

Serving Southern California including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura County.

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