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One in five people in America have a disability that causes them to have problems with everyday tasks. Moreover, only an estimated 35% of disabled people, ages 18 to 64, were employed in America in 2015, with California falling under the national average at 33%. Disabled people are one of the most discriminated groups in the workforce, with certain employers legally able to seek certification to allow them to pay their disabled employees less than minimum wage and others flat-out refusing to hire. To combat this, many disabled citizens in America turn to the Social Security Administration to make ends meet. However, the complicated process of applying for disability through the SSA can be difficult to navigate. If someone does get through the whole process and waited for a decision, the initial denial rate of 65% and a reconsideration denial rate of 85%, the SSA can seem just like another dead end.

When disability claims are denied, everyday life can seem hopeless for disabled people and their families. You do not have to give in to such a decision or face a denial alone. The attorneys at LS Disability work with you to fight an unfavorable decision so you can pay for medical bills, food, and housing, as well as the rest of your family’s livelihood.

If you’ve been denied income by the SSA, chances are that you’ve spent a great deal of time just waiting on that decision. Time is of the essence when it comes to your financial situation in light of a disability. Contact our California Social Security Lawyers at LS Disability by calling (707) 445-9056 today. Our sympathetic attorneys are ready to fight for you!

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The Social Security Disability Process


We help you through the process of applying for SSI or disability benefits, getting it done right the first time.


We work with Social Security while they review your claim.


If your claim is denied, we appeal the decision and fight for you.


We work on your case to get you a check for your benefits.

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Disability Practice Areas

The presence of a disability, especially if it is sudden or causes you to be unable to work, causes an immediate need that wasn’t present before. People who experience a disability know that financial aid is difficult to come by in such a trying time, with frustratingly long waits and high denial rates for Social Security Claims. Our compassionate California Social Security Lawyers are ready to take on your case, whether this is your first time applying to the SSA or you’ve been denied before. Contact us with any questions.

Lorna Steward Lead Attorney at LS Disability

Lorna Steward

Lorna Steward is the lead attorney at LS Disability. Ms. Steward has lived in Humboldt County since 1980. She obtained a Political Science degree from Humboldt State University (BA 1987) and received her law degree from New College School of Law (JD 1990). She was admitted to the California Bar in 1991. READ MORE

David Villec Founder of LS Disability

David ViLlec

David Villec is the founder of LS Disability. Mr. Villec has lived in Humboldt County since 1980 and graduated from Eureka High (1986). He studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Southern California (BS 1990) and received his law degree from Southern Methodist University (JD 2005). READ MORE

What Our Clients Are Saying

David Villec and Lorna Steward, take the time to listen and hear you before jumping to conclusions. They work harder than anyone I know to win a case for each client. They are honest and tell it like it is; not just what I want to hear. The set realistic outcomes and don't promise things they can't deliver. This is as good as it gets.

- Chuck E. Eureka, CA

LS Disability was there for me, even when the judge made false statements in my hearing. They stood by me and won over $70,000 in my SSI case.

- David A.

I had been on SSI my whole life. Ten years after my father died, Social Security upgraded my claim to Disabled Adult Child. LS Disability was able to get DAC benefits paid for the entire period, over $150,000.

– Chris S.

LS Disability made the process of filing for Disability seem easy. After our initial consultation, my case was granted in 3 months.

– Lisa M.

I had been homeless, abusing drugs and not seeing a doctor when I met LS Disability. David helped me get on GR, food stamps and into a clean and sober house. He instructed me on how Social Security view cases. He motivated me to get clean and start seeing a doctor for my problems. I followed his recommendations and my case was granted a short time later.

– Mary W.

Lorna, David and the whole staff at LS Disability made me feel confident that my case would be handled with compassion and professionalism. Their constant communication enabled me to stay on the right track with my treatment. They even recommended clinics or specialists when needed.

– Jan W.

When I came to LS Disability, I had advanced skin cancer that was untreated. David immediately got me in to see a doctor, who was able to schedule surgery. Not only did they win my case, but my outlook on life has completely changed.

– Sherry K.

I was working in Orick, CA 10 hours a day for $1/hour. When I came to Eureka for a Social Security doctor’s appointment, I also went to LS Disability’s office. David immediately realized that I suffered from TBI and was a bit slow. He took me to Social Services and got me on GR, food stamps and Medi-Cal. He then took me to my doctor’s appointment. He helped me get away from my abuser in Orick and into an assisted living facility. LS Disability also won my case. Today, I consider David my friend.

-Mario L.

My prior representative in my case made me fill out all the forms and get all my doctor’s records. They never returned my calls and dropped my case right before the hearing. When I met Lorna and David, the explained that their job was to take care of all that work, so that I could concentrate on getting better. I felt my case was in the right hands and they won.

– Linda J.
LS Disability
1402 Union St b,
Eureka, CA 95501
Office: (707) 445-9056
Toll Free: (888) 423-4453