The disabled members of the Fort Wayne, Indiana (Allen County) community have access to many experienced Social Security Disability attorneys and advocates. With the assistance of these legal professionals, those who can no longer work due to disability or illness, can apply for the disability benefits that they need to ensure their financial wellbeing.
There are 2,815 cases currently pending in the Fort Wayne hearing office and the processing time has reached a total of 318 days. Although it can take a long time to receive a decision on a disability claim, many Allen County residents find that disability payments are well worth the wait. As of December 2011, 9,990 Allen County residents received SSDI benefits and 7,250 Allen County residents received SSI benefits.
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In order to apply for disability benefits, residents of Fort Wayne can fill out an application on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) website or they can do so in person at their local Social Security office. It is important to remember that if you choose to fill out an application in person, you must call ahead to schedule an appointment with an SSA representative. Listed below are offices located near you:
2122 Lincolnway Court
Fort Wayne, IN 46819
1240 S. Grandstaff
Auburn, IN 46706
Consulting with a Fort Wayne Social Security Disability Attorney
Because the Social Security Disability application process can be long and complicated, you may benefit greatly from retaining the services of a qualified attorney or advocate. He or she will make sure you complete the necessary paperwork accurately and completely to increase your chances of being awarded benefits.
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A Fort Wayne Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Allen County, Dekalb County, Wells County, Adams County, Huntington County, Whitley County, and Noble County: New Haven, Leo, Woodburn, Huntertown, Roanoke, Columbia City, Huntington, Decatur, Ossian, Bluffton, Garret, Auburn, Warsaw, Wabash, Waterloo, Angola, Kendallville, Rome City, and Butler.
Contact your local bar association to inquire about the legal professionals in Allen County:
Allen County Bar Association
924 South Calhoun Street,
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Fort Wayne Disability Hearings
If an applicant’s initial claim and “Request for Reconsideration” are denied, he or she will need to request a hearing to be held at the Fort Wayne Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR)—that is if he or she wishes to continue pursuing Social Security Disability benefits. Listed below, you will find the approval rates of the administrative law judges who hear cases in the Fort Wayne Hearing Office:
|Bright, Maryann S.||54.93%|
|Kirkpatrick, Melinda W.||67.24%|
|Neary, Steven J.||49.47%|
|Pierson, William D.||53.75%|
|Stam, Yvonne K.||53.47%|
*Data from http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/03_ALJ_Disposition_Data.html
It is common for Fort Wayne disability attorneys to be acquainted with the judges of the Fort Wayne hearing office. Your attorney or advocate may be able to use this insight to present your case more effectively.
As you may have experienced during the initial stages of your application, scheduling an appeal hearing can take a long time. If you find that you cannot wait until the scheduled date to have your hearing, you can contact your congressman to request a congressional inquiry on your behalf. In extreme circumstances, your congressman has the power to intervene with the ODAR to expedite your claim. Your congressmen is listed below:
1300 South Harrison Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 424-3041
Fax: (260) 424-404
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