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San Diego Disability Attorneys

San Diego Disability Group


Why Choose Us?


NO FEES unless we win your case!

Craig A. Fahey Attorney at Law

From 1998 to 2013, Mr. Craig Fahey worked with retired Judge Milton Frosburg, a former chief judge of the Social Security Administration’s hearing office in San Diego, California. Through his association with Judge Frosburg, Mr. Craig Fahey developed the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to successfully win disability benefits for his clients. Over the course of his 20 year career, Mr. Fahey has won nearly $20 million in disability benefits for his clients.

Craig Fahey earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and then his juris doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law. He served as a summer extern for the Honorable Edward J. Garcia, District Judge of the Eastern District of California, during law school. Mr Fahey is licensed to practice law in California, Arizona, and Nevada and is licensed as a CPA (inactive) in California. He has represented individuals in all three states, and has been involved in over 1000 hearings on Social Security Disability claims.

While attending law school, Mr. Fahey served as a summer extern to Honorable Edward J. Garcia, District Judge of the Eastern District of California.

In Memory of Honorable Peter J. Valentino

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague and friend,
retired Judge Peter J. Valentino. Judge Valentino joined our firm as of counsel in July
2021 after retiring from the bench in the San Diego Social Security Administration’s
hearing office for over 25 years. Judge Valentino was a valued member of our team
and he will very much be missed by our office and clients.
We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Judge Valentino’s family.

Peter J. Valentino

Hon. Peter J. Valentino

United States Social Security Administrative Law Judge (Retired), Attorney at Law

Judge Peter Valentino spent over 25 years presiding over appeals of Social Security Disability Claims such as yours. This positions him as an expert in understanding how he needs to present your case to your Social Security Judge so you win the disability benefits you deserve.

Judge Valentino’s experience as a Federal Social Security Judge and as a lawyer enables him to understand the pain and emotional stress you and your families experience because of your disabilities. His tenacity, compassion, and client-focused demeanor are evident in every case he tackles.

Before being appointed to the Federal Judiciary, Judge Valentino spent 10 years as a trial attorney in a wide range of civil and criminal matters in Illinois and California. He was Lead Counsel in a first-degree Murder Jury Trial, Wrongful Death Charges, Paternity Actions, and a large number of Personal Injury Claims, including Jury Trials.

He also serves as a volunteer fee dispute arbitrator for the San Diego County Bar Association’s voluntary fee dispute arbitration programs.

San Diego Disability Law Practice Areas Overviews

Social Security Disability

If your Social Security Disability case has been denied, then you have come to the right place. Our compassionate team of San Diego disability lawyers provides the representation you deserve.

Insurance Benefits Denied

If your private disability insurance benefits have been denied, we can help. We fight your insurance company’s wrongful denial. No fee unless we recover benefits.

Free Case Evaluation

If your San Diego Social Security disability case has been denied or delayed, we’d like to hear about it. Allow us to take a closer look and evaluate your case at no cost.

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San Diego, CA Disability Attorney Craig A. Fahey

Navigating the path to social security disability benefits is notoriously difficult, but Craig A. Fahey Attorney at Law has won more than $20 million in disability benefits for clients.

Here’s our promise to you: NO FEES UNLESS WE WIN YOUR CASE

Social Security Disability

Most people don’t typically think about disability, but did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control, one in four people has a disability? While some individuals are able to work with their disabilities, others are not. When a disability affects someone who hasn’t reached retirement age, the economic repercussions for that individual can be catastrophic. Between high medical costs and lost wages, individuals and their families can suffer.

That’s where social security disability benefits can help. Social Security features programs that provide benefits to people who cannot work because of a medical condition. This condition may be temporary, though must typically be expected to last more than a year, or the disability may be permanent. In some cases, even family members of the disabled party can qualify for benefits. Individuals can apply for partial disability, short-term disability, or a long-term/permanent disability.

Do You Need A Social Security Disability Attorney In San Diego, CA?

Our San Diego, CA law firm focuses on cases that involve Social Security disability. We get to know each client and their unique situation. Attorney Craig Fahey and his staff have years of experience helping clients understand the qualification, application, and appeals processes. If you choose to allow us to represent you and your claim, you can rely on us to monitor your case’s status closely. We will also obtain the relevant materials needed to pursue your claim, such as medical records, and make strategic arguments designed to help you win approval for your claim. Whether you need to apply for benefits or lodge an appeal, our firm can help.

Private Disability Insurance Benefits

Social Security isn’t the only agency that issues disability benefits. Many of our clients rely on private insurers. They may have paid their premiums for years, but when they finally need to use disability insurance, their claim is denied. Denial of disability benefits can be devastating. That’s why Attorney Craig Fahey and his team work diligently to protect our clients’ right to these benefits.

Free Case Evaluation

If your social security disability application has been denied or delayed, contact us. We can provide a free initial case evaluation and can consult with you about how we view your situation. Our team is highly experienced and we’ve helped thousands of clients win their appeals. If you’ve been denied social security disability benefits, you may still have a strong case to make. Let us represent your claim and help you navigate this complicated process. From paperwork to negotiations, our services are tailored to the specific needs of our clients. The fact is, you need someone like Attorney Craig Fahey to work on your behalf. He and his team are familiar with the Social Security Disability system. We understand how important it is to get the right documents and medical records to the right system representative.

During our free social security disability case evaluation, we’ll share our outlook on your claim’s merits and challenges. Then, you can make an informed decision on how to proceed. We provide you with our honest legal advice based on years of experience with disability cases. We don’t offer cookie-cutter solutions. We tailor our advice and solutions to the particulars of your claim.

No Fees Unless We Win

Craig A. Fahey Attorney at Law and his team understand how difficult life can be for people who are suddenly faced with a disability and are no longer capable of earning an income or paying for their medical insurance premiums. We understand that can be a stressful time and we don’t take our clients’ situations lightly.

It’s a value for our firm–a strong feeling to do right–to avoid charging our clients unless we’re able to win their claim. We want each client to know how hard we will fight on their behalf. No client is a mere number to us. No one who chooses to rely on our team is anonymous. We get to know you and we want to help you. It’s why we’ve chosen to practice in this area of law.

Only after winning your claim will we send you a bill for our fees. We are transparent about fee assessment and do our utmost to keep our charges as reasonable as possible. Until your Social Security Disability benefits are approved, we will withhold our bill. This is our commitment to you.

Apply For Disability With Our Help

Wondering how to apply for disability benefits? Our firm focuses exclusively on disability cases, many of which relate to social security disability benefits. Our team can help you apply for disability benefits. The Social Security Disability application is complicated and it’s vital to complete it without error. Even the smallest discrepancies can cause your application to be held up or worse– denied.

We can assist you as you complete your Social Security Disability application, ensuring that it’s filled out properly and that you’ve supplied all the required documentation needed to apply for disability. Please remember, about 80% of people who file a Social Security Disability claim on their own have their initial claims denied. Our knowledge of the process allows us to help our clients improve their chances of approval.

Qualifying For Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you have a disability and can no longer perform the work you did before or cannot adjust to other work because of your condition, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Additionally, if your disability has lasted or is likely to last for one year or more or if it is expected to result in death, you may qualify for SSD benefits. Many types of conditions typically qualify for SSD benefits, including:

  • Chronic heart disease
  • Blindness
  • Loss of hearing
  • Cancer
  • Immune system disorders
  • Obesity
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Neurological disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Mental disorders

These are just some of the conditions that may result in the approval of Social Security Disability benefits. This is certainly not an exhaustive list by any means. We’ve helped clients with a wide range of disability types achieve the disability benefits they’re eligible for.

What Can Clients Expect From Our Firm?

When you put your trust in our San Diego, CA law firm, you can expect personalized service as well as sound legal guidance and representation. When you allow Craig A. Fahey Attorney at Law to represent you, you can expect the following:

  • Case Evaluation: our team will thoroughly investigate your claim as well as your Social Security Disability application if you have already completed it. Whether you’re at the beginning of learning how to apply for disability or you need help with an appeal, we have the skills and experience to step in and help you.
  • Experience-Based Legal Counsel: after evaluating your application or claim, we’ll provide you with our views and recommendations based on our knowledge of the Social Security Disability system. We’ll answer your questions in plain English, helping you understand each aspect of the process.
  • Document Management: paperwork, documentary evidence, medical records, the Social Security Disability application–all this material is vital to a claim. We maintain it carefully in our office to ensure that we can supply these materials when needed.
  • Hearings and Appeals: Attorney Craig Fahey will represent clients diligently at hearings or during the appeals process. He is tenacious about meeting his objectives–helping clients achieve the disability benefits they need. Having a qualified attorney on your side can increase your chance for success.

You can expect Attorney Craig Fahey and his support staff to communicate with you regularly or whenever there is a status change for your claim. We know that time is of the essence, so we’ll do our best to work efficiently on your behalf.

Attorney Craig A. Fahey Selected For San Diego Small Business Excellence Award

Each year, the San Diego Small Business Excellence Awards are awarded to small businesses that provide outstanding service to their customers and the community and have achieved marketing success in their business category. Attorney Craig Fahey was a recipient of this award in both 2016 and 2017.

Contact Craig A. Fahey Attorney At Law

Rely on Craig A. Fahey for help with your Social Security Disability application or to represent you during your appeals process. We can step in at any point in the process to help you achieve your goals. Call to schedule your free consultation today. Remember, we won’t charge you unless we’re able to win your case.

Free Evaluation of Your Social Security Disability Case

The disability attorney in San Diego who cares about your case!

Selected as San Diego Small Business Excellence Award

The San Diego Small Business Excellence Awards rewards outstanding small businesses that serve their local area. Each year, our selection committee selects companies that we believe have achieved outstanding marketing success in their business category. These are small businesses that enhance the positive image of small businesses through service to their customers and community.

Attorney Craig A. Fahey

3659 Adams Avenue

San Diego, CA 92116