Our Practice Areas
Disability Hearings Before An Administrative Law Judge
Preparing for your hearing is vital and we help you understand the entire process.
Coronavirus Update –
The Bay Area is experiencing unprecedented disruption of everyday services and employment. At the law offices of Richard A. Gutstadt, we are in touch with our clients – and prospective clients – via phone (510-451-8370) and email ([email protected]).
We continue to file appeals and participate in the hearing process.
As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, Social Security continues to hold hearings, but only by phone. Judges are calling from their homes to claimants, representatives, and witnesses, who all appear simultaneously. Claimants must agree to have their hearing by phone, and my office conducts most hearings by phone.
Similarly, Social Security Field Offices are not open for claimant visits, but they are also operating by phone. Because we have local phone numbers, we can contact Field Offices, although they are very busy. We can fax local Field Offices and Payment Centers as well.
We are also in touch via email with other attorneys and representatives. Consequently, we are able to stay in the “loop” to receive updates on hearings and procedures.
Judges continue to write decisions for hearings they have already held.
We know that this is a stressful time for all, and we are committed to provide individualized, quality services to our clients.
For direct information from Social Security on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on hearings, visit https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/.
SSDI Benefits Denied? We Have The Experience You Need To Appeal.
If you received a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) denying your application for Social Security Disability benefits, do not give up. Our legal team will work with you to build a strong case based on all available medical and nonmedical evidence. With careful preparation, we will work diligently to convince the Social Security Administration and the administrative law judge deciding your case that you are disabled and deserving of Social Security Disability benefits. Contact our law office, Richard A. Gutstadt, P.C., for immediate help at 510-992-6934.
Social Security Appeals Are My Firm’s Entire Focus
When you are unable to work, it is critical for you to access the governmental programs that are specifically intended to help you. You may have no other source of income. The stakes are high indeed.
That is why it is so important to work with a lawyer who has extensive experience working on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) appeals, as my law firm does. Our legal support team has been working together for years. We have a proven, streamlined system in place to ensure that your case is handled promptly and properly.
The Social Security Administration has moved to a paperless process. Our firm has upgraded our technology, with electronic medical record and case management tools.
In spite of recent coronavirus procedures implemented by Social Security, we continue to get our clients the benefits they deserve.
Hear What Our Clients Have To Say
THANK YOU, for your help, determination, courage, analytical skills, and hard work.
I appreciate that you didn’t give up on me or my case.
I will not hesitate to recommend your firm to anyone in need of a LAWYER.
THANK YOU again.
I wanted to publicly thank you for your excellent representation. As a practicing litigation attorney myself for almost 20 years, I was very overwhelmed with the complexity of the SSDI system. Your representation was indispensable in getting my claim appealed and obtaining a successful result. You knew the procedures, informed the client, knew the court and always gave realistic opinions. I would highly recommend your firm to any individual with a SSDI claim. Thank you again.
Contact Us To Get The Benefits You Deserve
Contact us online for a free consultation or call 510-992-6934. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. We do not charge attorney’s fees unless we succeed in helping you obtain Social Security Disability or SSI benefits.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office is located near Lake Merritt in Oakland. When we start seeing clients after coronavirus restrictions end, the office is handicapped-accessible with free parking nearby under the freeway.