Testimonials

Read what our clients say about our work
After over 40 years of service,

LaPorte Law Firm has won thousands of claims and appeals for our clients

If you’re looking for a top-notch Social Security Disability lawyer, look no further. Terry LaPorte is your guy. He’s knowledgeable, experienced, efficient, and charming — truly the best of the best!

Elizabeth C.

If you want someone who understands the red tape of the government and can fight the law honorably and with integrity, then you must contact Terry LaPorte. His entire team has been outstanding. Anytime I needed help and called the office, every person I dealt with was exceptional, from the receptionist and paralegal to the lawyers. They all truly cared about me and I wasn’t just another case number. You don’t see this type of customer service much anymore, and I would highly recommend Terry LaPorte and his entire team.

Kimberley Womack

LaPorte Law Firm was very helpful and successful in helping my wife with her case. They were very professional and were well prepared at the hearing, so the judge had no questions. I would recommend them to everyone.

Michael Johnson

Our experience with La Porte Law Firm was, first and foremost, respectful and very humanitarian. As a lawyer, Mr. LaPorte always kept the goal in mind and worked very hard to have all the relevant information. He reviewed every single record, and we felt very good having him represent our son. We are most grateful to have had a positive outcome since the Social Security rules are so strict.

Gloria Carballo

LaPorte Law Firm has been great. The team was professional, caring, and supportive throughout the entire process. I never once doubted that my case was in the best hands possible.

Scott Leandres

I highly recommend LaPorte Law Firm. Terry LaPorte and his team were genuine and professional. His knowledge and responsiveness got me the exact results I was looking for. The firm also made the process extremely easy and stress free for me. I sincerely appreciate Terry’s follow-ups and willingness to answer any of my questions as time passed by. Great choice!

Daunell Salvador

Imagine getting hurt at work. Then imagine the people supposed to help you with the complex Social Security process tell you they won’t. Thankfully, I met Mr. Kevin LaPorte, who listened and helped me. Now, I am living life and forever grateful to LaPorte Law Firm for their help, professionalism, and especially their humanity.

B.M.

If problems arise when dealing with Social Security Disability, calling LaPorte Law Firm is the best thing you can do. Professional, experienced, confident, and reassuring are a few words I’d use when recommending them.

Mitch Boo

Mr. Terry LaPorte won my case for me several years ago. He was extremely patient and diligent. After feeling inadequate for years of people questioning my health, Mr. LaPorte truly cared about my chronic conditions. I still regularly email and he calls me to talk about all my questions. I definitely trust Mr.LaPorte; he is incredibly sweet and I feel at ease knowing that I am always protected when it comes to my SSI.

Samantha

A great attorney that keeps you in the loop and fights to get you what you need. I’m glad I chose him.

Joe Riggs P.

I am so grateful to LaPorte Law Firm for the expertise, guidance, and professionalism with which they handled my claim, helping me get the most positive outcome I could possibly hope for! The system seemed daunting and overwhelming to me at the beginning, but Terry LaPorte took the time to talk through the details of my case on several occasions before we started and helped familiarize me with the process.

Elena Cahalan

I applied for SSI and was denied twice. I then went to Terry LaPorte, who was very professional and caring. He told us what he needed to obtain from our doctor, then he basically did the rest. I was very satisfied with the results and very surprised. Excellent job!

Doug L.

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Frequently Asked Questions

SSDI is a disability insurance program financed by your Social Security paycheck deductions. Unless prohibited by your age, you must have worked a total of 10 years (40 quarters), 5 of which must be within the last 10 years (20 of the last 40 quarters). In order to be eligible for SSDI benefits, you must have earned FICA-taxed wages during this work period.

For Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, no work time is required at all. There are, however, limits to eligibility based on how much property you own or money you have in the bank, as the SSI program is aimed at individuals who lack income or resources and are disabled. Benefits are paid as a flat rate, and the amount may be reduced if you receive any money or assistance from any source.

With both SSI and SSDI, you must be found disabled. The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees both programs and defines disability as being unable to perform any “substantial gainful activity.”

No, SSDI can be seen as a safety net. It will pay monthly benefits to you based on the amount of money that you have already paid into the system through employment taxes.
If your claim is approved upon the first attempt, the process should take just a few months. However, it should be noted that only approximately one-third of claims are approved on the first filing. As such, most applicants need to go through the appeal process to secure their benefits. If your claim is then approved after an appeal to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, delays of a year or more before benefit payment commences are also common.
Attorney’s fees are 25% of the first retroactive payment to you by the SSA; however, the fee is capped at US$7,200 regardless of the amount of money you are owed by the SSA. There is no one-off or ongoing fee after you win your case. As the SSA can take several years to adjudicate a disability claim, disability claimants are often entitled to a large check for retroactive benefits for the period in which they were waiting for their claim to be decided. Our fees automatically come out of that first retroactive check, so our clients never have to pay us directly.
If your application is rejected on your first attempt, as is the case for many first-time applicants, you should seek legal counsel as soon as possible. An appeal must be filed using the proper forms within 60 days of the date of the denial decision. Your chances of winning an appeal are greatly enhanced by retaining a firm that specializes in Social Security law.
The monthly amount you will receive depends on factors such as age, past earnings, and type of benefit. The law allows retroactive pay up to 12 months prior to the month of a disability application. To get a better idea of your situation, it is advisable to consult the SSA’s benefit calculator.

Award-winning service

Equipped with years of experience and thousands of successful cases, LaPorte Law Firm is the leading disability attorney in the Bay Area, and we have the awards and certifications to prove it.