Rucka, O'Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna

From our offices in Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and Watsonville, Rucka, O'Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna represents injured individuals in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance hearings and appeals.

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Firm Overview

What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?

If a disability has substantially affected your ability to work and has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months or prove fatal, you might be eligible for SSDI benefits. SSDI benefits are not meant for people with only partial or short-term disabilities; and to be eligible, you must have worked and paid into Social Security the required number of quarters. When you come to our office for an initial consulation, we examine your case to determine the extent of your eligibility, including whether members of your family qualify to receive benefits.
The Application Process

You can apply for SSDI benefits as soon as you suffer the disability-causing incident. In fact, the sooner you apply, the better, as SSDI applications can take several months to process. Statistics show that as many as two-thirds of initial applications are denied. If your application is denied, we at Rucka, O'Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna can assist in filing an appeal from the denial.

Our in-depth understanding of the applicable regulations gives us the skills and expertise to help with an appeal, giving you the best possible chance of success.
The Appeals Process

If the Social Security Administration denies your SSDI application, you still have options through the appeals process. Our extensive experience with all aspects of the SSDI appeals process ensures that we can provide you the best possible chance of successfully obtaining benefits.

To discuss your potential eligibility and find out how we can assist you, contact Rucka, O'Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna today for a free initial consultation.
Main Office

Main
245 W. Laurel Drive
Salinas  CA  93906

Phone
  • (831) 443-1051
Fax
  • 831-443-6419

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Free initial consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We are a contingency fee based practice.

Hourly Rates

Not applicable.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office Manager

Karen Ochinero/Irma Suarez

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

Spanish

Workers Compensation
From our offices in Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and Watsonville, California, Rucka, O'Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna represents injured employees throughout the Monterey Peninsula in workers' compensation matters.
If you are injured in a workplace accident, or become ill because of conditions at work, your employer is required by law to pay you workers' compensation benefits. Therefore, in the event of an injury or illness, notify your employer as soon as possible to help avoid delays in receiving benefits. Within one working day of reporting your injury, your employer must provide you with or mail you a claim form to fill out and return. If necessary, you may seek emergency care in the meantime, but your employer has the right to tell you where to be treated.

Available Benefits

Depending on the severity of your injury, a variety of workers' compensation benefits are available. In general, the four principal benefits available include medical treatment, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability, and job retraining. Other benefits such as compensation for medication, rehabilitation, and mileage may also be available. Death benefits are also available to family members of a loved one who died because of a work-related injury or illness.

Other Sources of Recovery

If the accident was caused at least in part by someone or something not covered by your employer's workers' compensation insurance, you may be able to recover additional damages through a third party liability personal injury or products liability claim. You might also be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits and state benefits through the California Employment Development Department Disability Insurance Program. Drawing on our extensive experience in handling both workers' compensation and personal injury cases, we can identify all possible sources of recovery to help you obtain the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.

Discrimination is Illegal

It is illegal for your employer to discriminate against you, punish you, or fire you because you:
•Have a work-related injury
•Filed a workers' compensation claim
•Hired a workers' compensation attorney

Seek Experienced Legal Representation

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or illness at work, it is important to consult with experienced attorneys who can ensure that you are complying with all of the deadlines and requirements in your case. We have served employees throughout the Monterey Bay Region for over 35 years in workers' compensation matters, and seven of our attorneys are have been certified as Specialists in Workers' Compensation Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case, contact Rucka, O'Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna.

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Personal Injury
If you or someone you love has been injured, or has died as a result of an injury, our experienced and dedicated attorneys will fight to achieve the best result possible for your case.
Our attorneys have been representing personal injury clients for over 25 years. Some of the areas we specialize in are:

Motor Vehicle, Truck, Bus, Motorcycle, and Bicycle Accidents

Although accidents involving cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, and bicycles are among the most common causes of personal injury, these cases can be very complicated. Since the goal of the insurance company is to settle your claim for as little as possible, it is critical to have an advocate on your side, who is both a skilled negotiator and an experienced trial attorney.

Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents

Property owners and business owners have a duty to keep their premises in reasonably safe condition. Hazards on the floor, walkways, or stairways, such as spills, holes, and debris, can cause serious injuries. These cases require extensive investigation and expert analysis.

Defective Equipment and Machinery

Workplace injuries frequently occur when a piece of equipment or machinery fails to function properly. In many cases the manufacture, not the employer, can be held responsible for the defective product. Our experience with manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors, throughout California and the country, allows us to explore all potential legal theories to help obtain the best possible result for you. These cases are very complex and require expert inspections of the equipment as soon as possible.

Chemical Exposure and Pesticide Exposure

Injuries, illnesses, and death caused by chemicals and pesticides can be devastating. Our personal injury attorneys have achieved excellent results against many of the big chemical companies. These cases require extensive medical expert analysis.

Elder Abuse

Our loved ones who are aging and require care outside the home are sometimes neglected and do not get the care they are entitled to. The elderly need someone to fight for them because they cannot. We can help.

Seek Experienced Legal Representation

Our personal injury attorneys do not collect a fee unless we resolve your case.

Because there are strict time limits that govern all claims you should contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation, contact Rucka, O'Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna today.

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Social Security Disability
From our offices in Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and Watsonville, California, Rucka, O'Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna represents injured individuals in Social Security Disability Insurance hearings and appeals.
What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?

If a disability has substantially affected your ability to work and has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months or prove fatal, you might be eligible for SSDI benefits. SSDI benefits are not meant for people with only partial or short-term disabilities; and to be eligible, you must have worked and paid into Social Security the required number of quarters. When you come to our office for an initial consulation, we examine your case to determine the extent of your eligibility, including whether members of your family qualify to receive benefits.

The Application Process

You can apply for SSDI benefits as soon as you suffer the disability-causing incident. In fact, the sooner you apply, the better, as SSDI applications can take several months to process. Statistics show that as many as two-thirds of initial applications are denied. If your application is denied, we at Rucka, O'Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna can assist in filing an appeal from the denial.

Our in-depth understanding of the applicable regulations gives us the skills and expertise to help with an appeal, giving you the best possible chance of success.

The Appeals Process

If the Social Security Administration denies your SSDI application, you still have options through the appeals process. Our extensive experience with all aspects of the SSDI appeals process ensures that we can provide you the best possible chance of successfully obtaining benefits.

To discuss your potential eligibility and find out how we can assist you, contact Rucka, O'Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna today for a free initial consultation.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Our clients have had injuries or disabilities that have impacted their lives. When we can achieve a fair and just result, we feel as if we have helped another family move on.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Self-education is always valuable. However, there is a fine line between self-help and self-representation. The client needs to want professional representation and be willing to place his/her trust in the attorney.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Reviewing any and all documents are critical to every case.

Sandra L. Rocca

Sandra L. Rocca focuses on representing injured and disabled clients in workers' compensation and Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits matters. Ms. Rocca earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College and her Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in California and before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Ms. Rocca also maintains a high level of community involvement, as she is a member of the Monterey County La Raza Lawyers Association and a tutor at the Monterey College of Law.

Education
J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
B.A., English, Boston College

Memberships
Monterey County Bar Association
California Applicants' Attorneys Association
Monterey Bay Workers' Compensation Attorneys' Association (Chapter President as of September 2012)
National Organization of Social Security Representatives
Monterey County La Raza Lawyers Association
License
  • Bar Number: 257026
    California , 2008
Education
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
    J.D. , 2008
    Monterey, CA
    B.A., Boston College

J. Andrew McKenna

J. Andrew McKenna is a specialist in workers' compensation and Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits cases. He is certified as a Specialist in workers' compensation law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He earned his Juris Doctor degree with honors from the Golden Gate University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College. He is admitted to practice in California.

Outside his practice, Andrew is committed to providing legal services to those who might not otherwise be able to obtain representation. He volunteers with the Workplace Injury Law & Advocacy Group, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of injured workers. He has also taught fellow workers' compensation attorneys through the California Applicant's Attorneys Association CAAA-U program.

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Alfred Lombardo

Alfred Lombardo is a Board Certified Workers' Compensation Law Specialist; he was recently honored by the State Bar of California upon reaching his 30th Anniversary as a Certified Workers' Compensation Specialist. His reputation has earned him Martindale-Hubbell's "AV" rating, which indicates that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. Mr. Lombardo graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, and from the University of California, Berkeley. He is admitted to practice before all California State Courts, before the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and before the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to representing injured workers, Mr. Lombardo frequently serves as a court-appointed arbitrator and mediator; and he has given numerous lectures in his area of specialty to other attorneys at legal seminars and conferences.

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Gilbert E. Stein

Gilbert E. Stein focuses on representing injured workers throughout the Monterey Bay area in workers' compensation cases. He also represents individuals who are applying for Social Security Disability benefits and/or SSI. He is certified as a Specialist in workers' compensation law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Gilbert earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Golden Gate University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California Santa Cruz. He is admitted to practice in California, including the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Outside his practice, he is committed to assisting members of the community by volunteering at the Watsonville Law Center.

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Education
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
    J.D.
    B.A., Political Science, University of California at Santa Cruz

Todd McFarren

Todd D. McFarren focuses on representing injured employees in workers' compensation cases and is certified as a Specialist in workers' compensation Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Todd earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and his Master of Arts in Philosophy, Master of Arts in Political Science, and Bachelor of Arts from Kent State University.

He is admitted to practice in California and has authored a number of publications on topics related to workplace injuries.

Outside of his practice, he is involved with the Workplace Injury Law & Advocacy Group, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of injured workers, and the California Teachers Association Group Legal Services.

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Education
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
    J.D.
    M.A., Philosophy, Kent State University
    M.A., Political Science, Kent State University
    B.A., Philosophy, Kent State University

Dirk Stemerman

Dirk Stemerman focuses his practice on representing injured workers in workers' compensation and Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits cases. He is certified as a Specialist in workers' compensation law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is a much-in-demand speaker and presenter at numerous legal conventions.

Dirk is also involved in the local legal community, serving as a volunteer with the Watsonville Law Center, which provides free legal services to low-income individuals with predominate focus on the agricultural community and workers' rights and as a Sustaining Member of the Workplace Injury Law & Advocacy Group, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of injured workers.

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Education
  • Whittier Law School
    J.D.
    Comparative Program, University of the Western Cape School of Law, Cape Town, South Africa
    B.A., Political Studies, University of Illinois at Springfield

Neil Berman

Neil Berman practices primarily personal injury law, including products liability, automobile accidents, toxic torts, wrongful death, and premises liability matters. He is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Neil also practices Social Security Disability law and Workers' Compensation.

Neil earned his Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Washington. During law school, he was a clerk at the Santa Clara University School of Law Northern California Innocence Project, which seeks to exonerate innocent prisoners and pursue legal reforms that address the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions.


Outside of his practice, Neil is dedicated to helping members of the community who need legal assistance. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), an organization dedicated to protecting the constitutional right to trial by jury for all consumers and championing the cause of those who deserve redress for injury to person or property and resisting efforts to curtail the rights of such injured persons.

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Education
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
    J.D.
    B.A., Political Science, University of Washington

Ryan O'Connell

Ryan O'Connell handles a wide variety of personal injury cases including products liability, automobile accidents, toxic torts, wrongful death, and premises liability matters. He is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Mr. O'Connell earned his Juris Doctorate from Monterey College of Law and his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University Sacramento.

Outside of his practice, Mr. O'Connell is an Academic Support Tutorial Professor at the Monterey College of law.

He has volunteered as a Neutral Hearing Officer for the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner's Office hearing a wide variety of agricultural and pesticide disputes.

He is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, an organization dedicated to protecting the constitutional right to trial by jury for all consumers, championing the cause of those who deserve redress for injury to person or property, and resisting efforts to curtail the rights of such injured persons.

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Education
  • Monterey College of Law
    J.D.
    B.S. Criminal Justice, California State University Sacramento

Ian McFarren

Ian D. McFarren focuses on representing injured and disabled clients in workers' compensation and Social Security Disability matters. He is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Mr. McFarren earned his Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Chico.

Before law school he was the director of the student legal services and juvenile rights department at a non profit legal information center. During law school, he was on the executive board of the Hispanic Law Student Association, member of the Volunteers Income Tax Assistant program, and clerked for the ROLM law firm.

Outside of his practice, Mr. McFarren is dedicated to helping members of the community that need legal assistance. He volunteers at the Watsonville Law Clinic and is a member of the Monterey County La Raza Lawyers Association.

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Education
  • Valparaiso University School of Law
    J.D.
    B.A., Political Science, California State University, Chico

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