Having a health condition or disability can make it extremely difficult to perform day-to-day activities. If you have a disability that makes it impossible to continue working, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Although the Social Security Disability application process is known for being long and stressful, residents of Boulder, Colorado have access to a number of qualified Social Security Disability attorneys who can help them navigate the system.
Prior to contacting an attorney or beginning the application process it is always a good idea to get acquainted with the different disability benefit programs and the application process. This way you will know what to expect and what questions to ask. For more information about the two benefit options, SSDI and SSI, you can contact your local Social Security office at the following address:
4949 Pearl East Circle, Suite 101
Boulder, CO 80301
Hiring a Boulder Disability Attorney
Although applicants are not required to hire an attorney or advocate, it may be in your best interest to do so. A legal professional will know the ins and outs of the application and appeals processes and will be able to keep you from making costly errors that could compromise your eligibility.
Read about the many benefits of working with a Social Security Disability attorney, here.
Most Boulder Social Security Disability attorneys will also handle claims in the following cities: Superior, Louisville, Lafayette, Broomfield, Erie, Longmont, Westminster, Northglenn, Arvada, Golden, Federal Heights, Thorton, Sherrelwood, Applewood, and Wheat Ridge.
Any questions you have about the attorneys or advocates in your area can be answered by your local bar associations. These include:
Boulder County Bar Association
1942 Broadway, Suite 205
Boulder, Colorado 80302
Denver Bar Association
1900 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203
Larimer County Bar Association
Bar Harbor Dr
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Boulder Disability Hearings
As previously mentioned, the application process for Social Security Disability benefits is extremely challenging. In fact, many initial disability claims are denied. If your initial application for benefits is denied, you will have the opportunity to appeal the decision at a disability appeal hearing.
Due to the fact that there is no hearing office in Boulder, Boulder residents will likely attend an appeal hearing in the Denver Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). Should your case proceed to a hearing, the following statistics may help you prepare your claim. These facts and figures apply to the period between September 2012 and April 2013.
- The Denver hearing office had a total of 4,739 hearings scheduled in the given time period.
- Of these 4,739 hearings, 78% were resolved. This means that they were approved, denied, or partially approved.
- The Denver office has 15 judges who handle appeal hearings.
- Each of the 15 judges handled approximately 1.9 hearings per day.
- As a whole, the Denver office handled around 20.85 dispositions each day.
- 95.91% of hearings held in the Denver office were conducted in person while the rest were conducted through video conferencing.
- Right now, the Denver ODAR has about 6,241 pending hearings and a wait time of approximately 384 days.
If you have yet to begin the Social Security Disability application process, these statistics may hold no importance. However, if you ever advance to the appeals stage of the process, you may find these numbers important.
One problem that many claimants experience is financial or medical instability while waiting for their appeal hearing to be scheduled. If you are suffering financially or your health is rapidly declining, you may find it impossible to wait until your hearing. In cases like these, we advise claimants to seek congressional intercession. If you contact your local congressperson and explain your circumstances, he or she may be able to intervene with the ODAR on your behalf to expedite your hearing. Contact your congressperson using the information below:
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