Broken Arrow (Tulsa County) residents have the option of hiring a disability attorney or advocate when applying for disability benefits. Disability benefits are provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to individuals who are out of work for at least a year due to a severely debilitating condition. As of December 2011, there were 16,465 individuals receiving SSDI benefits and 13,600 individuals receiving SSI benefits in Tulsa County.
Find out more about the differences between SSDI and SSI.
Broken Arrow residents who have questions about their application can visit one of the local SSA offices listed below:
125 S Main St
Room 1B15 Federal Bldg
Muskogee, OK 74401
308 Creek Place
Okmulgee, OK 74447
4750 S Garnett Rd
Tulsa, OK 74146
Hiring a Broken Arrow Disability Attorney
Most people assume that there is an hourly or up front cost to hiring a disability attorney. However, disability attorneys work on a contingency basis and are paid unless your claim is successful. That means if an attoreny or advocate helps you with your claim and you are not awarded benefits, you will not have to pay him or her.
A Broken Arrow Social Security Disability Lawyer will also handle cases in the following cities in OK: Bixby, Jenks, Tulsa, Owasso, Sapulpa, Sand Springs, Claremore, Okmulgee, Muskogee and Tahlequah.
You should contact the the Tulsa County Bar Associaiton if you have any questions or concerns regarding hiring an attorney:
Tulsa County Bar Association
1446 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK 74119
Broken Arrow Disability Hearings
If your claim is denied at both of the initial and reconsideration stages, you will have to request to have a hearing with the Tulsa Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). Currently, there are 4,445 pending cases at the Tulsa ODAR office and the wait time is 312 days.
From October 2012 to January 2013, the Tulsa hearing office had 1591 hearings scheduled. Approximately 82.5% of these hearings were resolved (approved, partially approved or denied). Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) are given responsibility of making a decision on the whether to approve claims during the hearing. The 10 judges in the Tulsa office on average were able to hear about 21 cases per day. Approximately 84% of the cases were held in person. The rest were held through video conferencing.
Having a Broken Arrow disability attorney by your side can prove to be very useful during the hearing. Your disability attorney will not only prepare you for the hearing, but he or she will also cross-examine any medical or vocational experts the SSA may use.
If you are in a difficult medical or financial condition, you can contact your congressman to see if he or she would be willing to submit a congressional inquiry in order to speed up the scheduling of your hearing. the Congressman for the Broken Arrow area is:
2448 E. 81st St., Suite 5150
Tulsa, OK 74137
Fill out the form on this page for a free evaluation of your claim.