The residents of Gilbert, Arizona—located in Maricopa County—have access to many qualified Social Security Disability lawyers. These lawyers can help individuals with disabilities or illnesses qualify for the benefits that they need. In fact, legal professionals in Maricopa County have helped the current 82,260 SSDI recipients and the current 51,664 SSI recipients to earn the benefits that they now receive. (Statistic from December 2012.)
For more information about the two different benefit programs, click here. You can also reach out to your local Social Security office with any other questions you may have about the benefits available to you.
Your local office can be reached:
702 W Jerome Ave
Mesa, AZ 85210
(This office is northeast one block from the corner of Baseline and Extension roads.)
The office located at the previous address will also serve the cities of Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Fort McDowell, Tempe, Payson, and Pine.
Hiring an Gilbert Social Security Disability Attorney
Hiring an attorney is, by no means, a mandatory part of the Social Security Disability application process. However we strongly advise you to consider taking this step. An attorney or advocate will have a thorough understanding of the application process and will be able to advise you when filing your claim.
To read about the many benefits of hiring legal representation, visit this page.
A Gilbert Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Maricopa County, Pima County, Pinal County, Santa Cruz County, La Paz County, Yuma County, Mojave County, Yavapai County, and Gila County: Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Queen Creeks, Sun Lakes, Avondale, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria, Casa Grande, Coolidge, Maricopa, Sacaton, Cave Creek, New River, Central Heights, Midland City, and Fountain Hills.
If you have questions about the Social Security lawyers in Gilbert, contact this local bar association:
Maricopa County Bar Association
303 E. Palm Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1532
Gilbert Social Security Disability Appeal Hearings
If your initial application is denied, it is important that you do not panic. You have 60 days in which to file an appeal. During the appeals process, it is strongly recommended that you retain the services of an attorney or advocate.
In Arizona the Social Security Disability appeals process is made up of two stages—Reconsideration and Social Security Disability Appeal Hearing. Because many applicants are denied at Reconsideration, it is likely that you will be required to appear before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at an appeal hearing.
Appeal hearings are typically held in a hearing office—or ODAR. Because there is no ODAR in Gilbert, you will have to visit a hearing office in one of the surrounding towns. The closest hearing office is in Phoenix.
If your initial application and request for reconsideration are denied, you will then move on to schedule your hearing. Unfortunately, due to the backlog of cases at many hearing offices, the wait for an appeal hearing can last many months. If you find that you can’t wait until your appeal hearing—due to medical or financial emergency—you may wish to look into requesting congressional intervention.
This involves calling your local congressperson and explaining why you cannot wait for your appeal hearing. If he or she feels that you are a good candidate, they may be able to intervene with the hearing office to expedite your claim. Although this does not always work, it won’t have a negative effect on your claim.
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