Data gathered in December 2011, indicates that 49,320 residents of San Diego County received SSDI benefits and 86,160 residents of San Diego County received SSI benefits. If you live in El Cajon, California (San Diego County) and can no longer work due to disability or illness, you might also be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. If this is something you are interested in pursuing, an El Cajon lawyer can help.
Prior to applying for benefits, it is important to look into the different programs that the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers. To do so, you can visit our page on SSI and SSDI or you can always contact a local Social Security office. Listed below is an office in the El Cajon area:
El Cajon, CA 92020
Hiring an El Cajon Disability Attorney
If you are unfamiliar with the Social Security Disability application process, it’s easy to get confused along the way. Because of this, we recommend that applicants get in contact with a qualified attorney or advocate to help them navigate the application process for disability benefits.
A legal professional can increase your chances of being approved for disability benefits and relieve much of the stress you may be feeling. Click here to learn more about the benefits of retaining legal representation.
An El Cajon attorney will often handle Social Security Disability claims in the following California cities as well: Bostonia, Santee, Rancho San Diego, La Mesa, Spring Valley, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, La Presa, Bonita, National City, Alpine, Poway, San Diego, Chula Vista, and Coronado.
If you would like to learn more about the Social Security Disability attorneys and advocates in El Cajon, contact the San Diego County Bar Association:
San Diego County Bar Association
401 West A Street, STE 1100
San Diego, CA 92101
El Cajon Disability Hearings
While it is obviously preferred to have your disability claim approved at the initial application stage, many are denied unfortunately. If you find that your initial application is denied, you will have to request an appeal hearing.
Most El Cajon appeal hearings are held in the San Diego Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). Currently, the San Diego ODAR has a backlog of 2,986 pending cases and a processing time of 387 days.
Should you find yourself preparing for a disability hearing, the following statistics may be useful for you and your attorney. The following facts and figures are in regards to the hearings held in the San Diego ODAR between the months of October 2012 and January 2013.
- 883 hearings were scheduled to be held in the San Diego ODAR.
- 85.50% of the 883 hearings were resolved—meaning the disability hearing resulted in an approval, denial, or partial approval.
- The San Diego ODAR has 9 administrative law judges (ALJs) who handle disability claims.
- Each of the San Diego ALJs handled an average of 1.5 dispositions daily.
- As a whole, the San Diego ODAR heard around 13.5 dispositions per day.
- Approximately 99.22% of all San Diego disability hearings were conducted in person, the rest of the hearings were conducted through video conference.
Often, a claimant must wait three to four months to appear before an administrative law judge. If you are experiencing financial or medical problems and cannot wait until your scheduled hearing date, contact your local congressperson. He or she has the power to intervene with the San Diego ODAR to expedite your Social Security Disability appeal hearing.
The congressperson for the El Cajon area office address is:
1611 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste 310
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: (619) 448-5201
Fax: (619) 449-2251
Complete the following form to receive an evaluation with an El Cajon attorney or advocate for free: