Individuals who have been injured or disabled may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. These benefits can be used to cover medical expenses, supportive care, and day-to-day living costs. Unfortunately, many people have found that the application process for disability benefits is overwhelming and complex.
If you are a resident of Apple Valley, California, it is recommended that you reach out to a qualified Apple Valley attorney or advocate. A legal professional will be able to increase your chances of approval and potentially decrease the processing time of your application.
In fact, in 2012, Social Security Disability attorneys and advocates played a part in helping 42,025 San Bernardino County residents qualify for SSDI benefits and 57,838 San Bernardino County residents qualify for SSI benefits. (These numbers refer to the current disability benefit recipients in San Bernardino—not just the new recipients.)
If you aren’t familiar with SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income) visit the following page: Learn the Difference between SSDI and SSI. Any other questions you have can be answered by an SSA representative at your local Social Security field office. The office nearest to Apple Valley has been listed below:
13955 Park Ave
Victorville, CA 92392
This office is located to the west of interstate 15. Turn south on Park Ave. from Palmdale Rd. You will find the office located two blocks on the left. It is important to note that the building is set back from the street.
This field office will also deal with disability claimants from the following cities: Adelanto, Phelan, Hesperia, Helendale, Lucerne Valley, Oro Grande, Pinon Hills, Victorville, and Wrightwood.
Hiring an Apple Valley Disability Attorney
As mentioned earlier, an attorney or advocate can increase your chances of approval. This is due to the fact that an attorney will be very familiar with the application process. They will understand exactly what the SSA is looking for and can help you prepare your claim accordingly. Learn more about hiring an attorney or advocate, here.
An Apple Valley lawyer will also handle disability claims from the following city: Victorville, Hesperia, Adelanto, Crestline, Big Bear Lake, Highland, San Bernardino, Barstow, Rialto, Colton, Redlands, Loma Linda, Fontana, Bloomington, and Grand Terrace.
For further information regarding the legal professionals in your area, contact the San Bernardino County Bar Association:
San Bernardino County Bar Association
555 N. Arrowhead Ave,
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Apple Valley Social Security Disability Appeal Hearings
Once you have filed your initial disability application, you will have to wait several months before receiving a decision. Your decision should arrive in the mail within three to five months. If your claim is approved, the letter will let you know when to expect payment. If your claim is denied, you will have 60 days in which to file an appeal.
In many cases, disability claims that are denied require that claimants appear before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) as part of an appeal hearing. If your claim proceeds to this level, we strongly encourage you to hire an attorney or advocate. It can be nerve wrecking to answer a judge’s questions to prove your eligibility for disability benefits. A lawyer will ensure that you are thoroughly prepared for your hearing and will make you more comfortable throughout the entire process.
Apple Valley appeal hearings are typically processed in the San Bernardino hearing office, which is approximately 47.5 miles away.
If you are currently waiting for your scheduled hearing date and find that medical or financial issues make it impossible for you to wait for disability benefits, you can contact a local congressman. He or she has the power to intervene with the San Bernardino hearing office on your behalf. If successful, this can result in your hearing date being pushed forward. Your congressperson's office is:
Apple Valley Town Hall
14955 Dale Evans Parkway
Apple Valley, CA 92307
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