A Gulfport (Harrison County) disability attorney can help the residents of Gulfport who are out of work for at least year due to a disability. They will help you apply for the disability benefits that you are entitled to from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Currently, there are 6,446 pending cases at the Hattiesburg Hearing office and the wait time is 361 days. As of December 2011, there were 9,670 individuals receiving SSDI benefits and 5,628 individuals receiving SSI benefits in Harrison County.
Listed below are 3 of the many SSA office offices in the Gulfport area. You can submit a disability application at any of these offices.
9394 Three Rivers Rd
Gulfport, MS 39503
6000 Highway 63
Moss Point, MS 39563
1911 Broadway Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Gulfport Disability Lawyer
You should strongly consider hiring a Gulfport disability attorney or advocate before applying for benefits. Not only will your attorney file all of the necessary paperwork on your behalf, but he or she will also represent you at the disability hearing, which is the step in the process where most claimants are approved.
A Gulfport disability lawyer will generally also handle cases in the following cities and towns in MS: Long Beach, Biloxi, Bay Saint Louis, Ocean Springs, Gautier, Pascagoula, Moss Point, Picayune, Jackson, Slidell and Bogalusa.
Listed below is the address to the Mississippi Bar association. You can contact them if you have questions about hiring an attorney in Mississippi.
The Mississippi bar Association
643 North State Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39202
Gulfport Disability Hearings
Most Gulfport disability claims will end up going to a hearing at the Hattiesburg hearing office, since most claims are initially denied for disability. Each hearing office has administrative law judges (ALJs) who are in charge of making a decision on the claims. Listed below are the judges for the Hattiesburg office:
|ALJ Name||Approval Rate|
|Burkes, Felicia D.||19.46%|
|Elkins, James S.||51.81%|
|Grayson, Lori S.||36.74%|
|Grayson, William C.||35.09%|
|Harbart, Michael D.||14.43%|
|Pearce, Charles C.||46.06%|
|Porciello, Laurie H.||18.48%|
|Sullivan, Margaret M.||39.58%|
*Data from http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/03_ALJ_Disposition_Data.html
A Gulfport disability attorney will be familiar with the ALJs at this office. Thus it will be in your best interest to hire an attorney. He or she will be able to alter your case to the liking of the judge that is set to hear your case.
In rare circumstances, it is possible to speed up the scheduling of your hearing. You can contact your local congressman and see if he or she will be able to intervene with the hearing office on your behalf.
1325 25th Avenue
Gulfport, MS 39501
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