Of Washington’s nearly 8 million residents, a little more than 12% identify as having some kind of disability. Compared to most US states, this is quite a low percentage.
In fact, Washington’s percentage of disability is one of the only cases in the United States where numbers have slowly decreased each year.
This means that, more than ever, now is a great time to apply for disability benefits in the state of Washington.
If you are interested in applying (or have already started), continue below to learn more about Social Security disability resources in Tacoma, WA to help you along the way.
Tacoma’s Main Social Security Office
Address: 2608 S 47th St. A, Tacoma, WA 98409
Phone: (800) 772-1213
MON: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
TUES: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
WED: 09:00 AM—12:00 PM
THUR: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
FRI: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
SAT & SUN: CLOSED
By car: This Social Security office is located directly off of the I-5 across from Tacoma Mall. Take the exit for S 47th St. from either direction and continue .2 miles until you reach the office, just past the Best Buy, on your left.
Disability-accessible parking is available in the rear of the building on S 48th and Oakes St.
By public transit: The 3 bus which travels north and south along S Oakes and S Pine Streets delivers residents directly to the front door of the SS office at the 47th & Oakes stop.
The 54 bus also travels east and west along this S 47th/48th Streets and stops at the exact same location.
Tacoma’s ODAR Office
On average, around 30% of disability applicants are awarded Social Security benefits on their first try. The rest, however, can choose to appeal their case denial by requesting a hearing in front of an administrative law judge, or ALJ.
These hearings can be scheduled at your nearest ODAR (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review).
Address: 2413 Pacific Ave. Suite 200, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (888) 208-4640
List of Tacoma’s ALJs:
- Judge Michael C. Blanton
- Judge Joanne E. Dantonio
- Judge Gene Duncan
- Judge Allen G. Erickson
- Judge Paul Gaughen
- Judge Michael Gilbert
- Judge S. Andrew Grace
- Judge David Johnson
- Judge Rebecca L. Jones
- Judge Marilyn S. Mauer
- Judge Cynthia D. Rosa
- Judge James W. Sherry
- Judge Kelly Wilson
Average Hearing Wait Time: 15.00 months
Average Processing Time: 553 days
Average Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ: 1.35
Congressional and Senatorial Offices in Tacoma
Most applicants are unaware that, with a little digging, it is possible to speed up the lengthy disability application process. One method of doing so is by enlisting the help of a disability attorney, who can speak with disability reviewers and representatives on your behalf.
Another way is to call your local government offices (whose information is listed below) to request an update on your application status.Congressional Representatives:
Address: 15 S. Grady Way Suite 101, Renton, WA 98057
Phone: (425) 793-5180
Address: 950 Pacific Ave. Suite 650, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 572-3636
Address: 950 Pacific Ave. Suite 615, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 572-2281
Benefits of Disability Attorneys
Disability attorneys are unmatched in their professionalism, knowledge of Social Security, and ability to help you from start to finish of the disability application process.
They are paid based on contingency as well, meaning that you only pay your attorney if you win your case. Even then, their payment is limited to around 25% of your initial benefit earnings, ensuring you will never lose the legal help you need because of money you don’t have.
For the best chance at receiving the benefits you deserve, consider a free consultation with a Tacoma disability attorney today.