If you live in the Billings, MT (Yellowstone County) area and are looking to applying for social security disability (SSD) benefits, you should seek the assistance of a Billings disability attorney. These legal professionals will be able to evaluate your claim and let you know whether or not you have a good chance of being approved for benefits. Currently, there are 2,406 pending cases at the Billings Hearing office and the wait time is 309 days. As of December 2011, there were 3,770 individuals receiving SSDI benefits and 2,459 individuals receiving SSI benefits in Yellowstone County.
Learn more about the eligibility requirements for disability.
If you are not comfortable with applying for disability on the SSA’s website, you can visit one of the local offices (listed below) in the Billings area:
2900 4th Ave N
Billings, MT 59101
Telephone: (800) 453-05243205 N 27th Ave
Bozeman, MT 59718
Telephone: (406) 586-4501
Butte, MT 59701
Telephone: (406) 723-8246
Hiring a Billings Social Security Attorney
Most people find it very difficult to be approved for disability benefits. The SSA denies almost 60% of initial applications they receive. You can make sure that your claim has the best chance possible, by hiring a Billings disability lawyer.
A Billings Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Yellowstone County, Musselshell County, Treasure County, Big Horn County, Stillwater County, Carbon County, and Golden Valley County: Lockford, Shepherd, Huntley, Warden, Ballantine, Harden, Hesper, Laurel, Missoula, Pryor, Acton, Broadview, Park City, Broadview, and Lavina.
Listed below is the address to the bar association in Montana. You should contact them if you have any questions about the process of hiring an attorney in Billings.
State Bar of Montana
7 West 6th Avenue, Suite 2B
Helena, MT 59601
Billings SSD Hearings
The first two steps in the disability application process are the initial application and request for reconsideration. If your application is denied at both of those stages, then you will have to request a hearing with the Billings Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
Listed below are the administrative law judges (ALJs) who are responsible for a making a decision on your claim at the Billings ODAR:
|ALJ Name||Approval Rate|
|Arkoosh, John C.||47.85%|
|Hartford, Lloyd E.||24.07%|
|Inama, Christopher R.||25.49%|
|Kelley, Michele M.||24.24%|
|Kilroy, Michael A.||37.96%|
|Opp, Richard A.||47.65%|
|Pugrud, Jessica H.||53.66%|
|Wolff, Russell B.||34.98%|
*Data from http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/03_ALJ_Disposition_Data.html
Billings disability attorneys and advocates will often be required to attend hearings at this office on behalf of other claimants. Their familiarity with the judges and the process as a whole can be used to your advantage while preparing for your hearing. Under very rare and extreme medical or financial circumstances, it is possible to speed up the scheduling of your hearing. To do so, you will have to contact your local congressman, listed below:
222 North 32nd Street, Suite 900
Billings, MT 59101
Fill out the form on this page for a free evaluation of your claim.