In Baldwin Park, California, individuals with disabilities and illnesses are often eligible to receive Social Security Disability Benefits. Although these benefits—Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)—are often a necessary lifeline for many people, they can be very difficult to qualify for. Fortunately, residents of Baldwin Park have access to many legal professionals who can help them throughout the application process.
Even though you will not be required to hire an attorney or advocate, it can be very beneficial to have one. In fact, statistics have shown that a Social Security Disability lawyer can increase your chances of success. In Los Angeles County in 2012 alone, nearly 152,710 residents received SSDI benefits and 280,165 residents received SSI benefits—many of which had the help of an attorney or advocate.
The following information will help you to understand the different benefits of hiring an attorney or advocate. If you have further questions about the benefits available to you, contact your local Social Security field office, here:
501 S Vincent Ave
West Covina, CA 91790
This office is located south of the I-10 freeway on Vincent Avenue. The office is south of the Westfield Shopping Mall and North of East Service Street—where Vincent Avenue turns into Glendora Ave. The office is in Suite 201, located on the second floor of the same building at Goodwill and The Dollar Tree. The public entrance is located on the south side of the building.
Hiring an Baldwin Park Disability Lawyer
The Social Security Disability application process can be lengthy and overwhelming. Although the initial application consists of two forms, you will also be required to keep track of different dates, names, medical records, employment history, and financial information. While this would be difficult for anyone, it is even more difficult for individuals living with disabilities.
Because of this, it is strongly recommended that you retain the services of an attorney or advocate. He or she will be able to keep your claim organized and on track—ensuring that all application procedures are handled correctly.
If you are concerned about paying for a lawyer, it is important to understand that Social Security Disability lawyers will only be paid if the claimant is awarded benefits. If you are approved for benefits, the SSA will deduct the lawyer fee from your back pay and handle the payment directly. This way, you won’t have to worry about it and the SSA can ensure that the lawyer does not take advantage of you or charge more than the agreed-upon amount.
Learn more about hiring an attorney or advocate, here.
You should also note that a Baldwin Park attorney or advocate will likely handle claims in the following areas: West Covina, West Puente Valley, Valinda, Avocado Heights, Duarte, El Monte, Covina, Citrus, Azusa, La Puente, Monrovia, South El Monte, Arcadia, Temple City, and South San Jose Hills.
For more information about the attorneys or advocates in your area, contact a local bar association.
Los Angeles County Bar Association
1055 W. 7th Street Suite 2700
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Baldwin Park Social Security Disability Appeal Hearings
We feel that applicants should retain the services of an attorney at any point of the application process in which they feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable. However, if you are entering the appeals processes and do not have an attorney yet, we strongly suggest that you hire one.
During a Social Security Disability appeal hearing, claimants are required to appear in front of an Administrative Law Judge to talk about their claim. This process can be very nerve-wracking. An attorney or advocate will be able to prepare you for your hearing in advance and keep you calm throughout the proceedings.
Baldwin Park appeal hearings will likely take place in the Pasadena hearing office which is approximately 15.2 miles away from Baldwin Park.
Although actually attending an appeal hearing is difficult in itself—one of the most difficult aspects of the appeal hearing is the wait. Many times, people will schedule their appeal hearing only to find out that their hearing date isn’t for several months. During the wait for an appeal hearing, any number of emergencies may arise—financial or medical difficulties among other things.
If you find that circumstances such as these make it impossible for you to wait for your hearing, ask your attorney or advocate to inquire about congressional intervention. This means that you or your legal representation can speak to a local congressperson about holding your hearing sooner.
Your congressperson is located at:
4401 Santa Anita Ave, Suite 201
El Monte, CA 91731
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