Denver (Denver County) residents have access to many qualified Social Security Disability attorneys who can offer guidance and support during all stages of the disability application process. If you are thinking about applying for disability benefits, an attorney or advocate can simplify the process and increase your chances of being approved.
Currently the Denver Hearing Office has 7,016 pending cases and a processing time of 398 days. Although waiting over a year to receive disability benefits can seem discouraging, many Denver County residents find that disability payments are worth waiting for. In December 2011, there were a total of 13,815 individuals receiving SSDI benefits and a total of 14,624 individuals receiving SSI benefits in Denver County.
More information regarding the different Social Security Disability programs is available here.
To begin the application process, Denver residents can choose to fill out an electronic application online, or to fill out a hard copy in person at the local Social Security office. To fill out an application in person, you must call your local office to schedule an appointment with a Social Security Administration representative. Your local office is located:
1500 Champa St
2nd Floor, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80202
Consulting with a Denver Social Security Disability Attorney
If you are unfamiliar with the disability application process, it may be in your best interest to retain the services of a qualified Social Security Disability attorney or advocate. A Denver attorney can guide applicants through each of the application stages. To find out more of the benefits of hiring a Social Security Disability lawyer, click here.
A Denver Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Denver County, Jefferson County, Clear Creek County, Park County, Teller County, Douglas County, Arapahoe County, Adams County, Broomfield County, Gilpin County, and Boulder County: Aurora, Berkley, Edgewater, Evergreen, Twin Lakes, Brighton, Leyden, Lakewood, Evergreen, Engelwood, Commerce City, Highlands Ranch, Westminster, Thornton, Northglenn, Golden, Boulder, Glendale, and Wheat Ridge. If you would like more information regarding the legal professionals in your area, contact your local Bar Association:
Colorado State Bar Association
1900 Grant Street, 9th Floor,
Denver, CO 80203
Boulder County Bar Association
1942 Broadway, Suite 205
Boulder, CO 80302
First Judicial District Bar Association
P.O. Box 1733
Wheatridge, CO 80034-1733
Denver Disability Hearings
An applicant that has been denied during initial stage of his or her disability claim must request a hearing to be held at the Denver Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR)—if he or she wishes to continue their pursuit of disability benefits. Listed below is a list of approval rates for the administrative law judges (ALJs) who hear disability claims in the Denver hearing office:
|Hartman, Patricia E.||51.16%|
|Heitz, Michael G.||45.74%|
|Hogg, Stanley R.||55.55%|
|Lappin, Randi E.||80.00%|
|Lawritson, Jon L.||54.32%|
|Lo Burgio, Nicholas J.||66.66%|
|Millington, Jennifer B.||53.57%|
|Olson, James W.||53.01%|
|Olson, Lyle.||Not Available|
|Wendland, James A.||54.11%|
*Data from http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/03_ALJ_Disposition_Data.html
Many Denver lawyers are familiar with the judges who work in their local hearing office. Your attorney or advocate can use this information to help you prepare your case.
In some cases, it can take a very long time to have an appeal hearing scheduled. If you suffer from financial or medical complications, you can contact your local congressman to expedite your hearing. If you can explain the severity of your situation, your congressman may be able to intervene with the ODAR on your behalf. Your local congressman is:
12600 W. Colfax Ave. #400
Lakewood, CO 80215
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