Columbia, located in Howard County, MD is home to disability attorneys and advocates who can help disabled individuals obtain the benefits they are entitled to from the Social Security Administration (SSA). First, your attorney will help you determine whether you should apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. As of December 2011, there were 3,240 people receiving SSDI benefits and 2,811 were receiving SSI benefits in Howard County.
You can obtain more information about qualifying for SSD benefits here or at a local SSA Office:
Lakeside Bldg, Suite 110
8865 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD 21045
3435A Box Hill
Corp Center Drive
Abingdon, MD 21009
RM 201 Manor Bus Ctr
337 Brightseat Road
Landover, MD 20785
Consulting with a Columbia Disability Attorney
Hiring a disability attorney can significantly increase your chances of being approved for benefits. An experienced Columbia, MD disability attorney can help you avoid the common pitfalls that lead to claimants being denied disability benefits.
For those living outside the Columbia area, a Columbia social security disability attorney/advocate will also handle cases in:
- Elicott City
- Hillcrest Heights
- North Laurel
The Howard County Bar Association will have information on disability attorneys in Columbia:
3451 Courthouse Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Columbia Disability Hearings
Do not be discouraged if your claim is denied at the initial and reconsideration stages. Almost 55% of claims are approved at the disability hearing stage in Maryland. Columbia residents have their hearings at the Baltimore Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). Currently the Baltimore office has 9,257 pending cases and a wait time of 424 days to have a hearing scheduled.
In rare circumstances, the SSA will schedule your hearing sooner. You will have to contact your congressman to see if this is a possibility.
8267 Main Street, Room 102
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: (410) 465-8259
Listed below are some important statistics associated with the Baltimore office between October 2012 and January 2013:
- A total of 1597 claimants had a hearing and 73% of them have gotten a decision on their claim thus far.
- 12 judges were assigned oversee the hearings and they were able to resolve about 21 hearings per day combined.
- 12% of the hearings were held though video conferencing, meaning either the claimant was present in the court room.
Your Columbia disability attorney will be familiar with the specifics of this office and can use that to your advantage during your hearing.
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