An Independence (Jackson County) disability attorney is an individual who helps residents apply for social security disability benefits from the SSA (Social Security Administration). Your attorney will help your determine whether you qualify and whether you should apply for SSDI or SSI. As of December 2011, there were 22,135 individuals receiving SSDI benefits and 16,306 individuals receiving SSI benefits in Jackson County.
An Independence, MO disability applicant can either file an application on the SSA’s website or at a local SSA office:
4240 S Lee Summit Dr
Independence, MO 64055
6910 N Holmes St
, Suite 107
Gladstone, MO 64118
Independence Disability Attorneys
Most people think being approved for disability is as easy as filling out an application. However, it takes most people over a year to be approved. You can significantly improve your chance of being approved by hiring an Independence disability attorney or advocate to help you with your claim.
An Independence Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Jackson County, Clay County, Ray County, Lafayette County, Cass County, and Johnson County: Sugar Creek, Kansas City, Blue Spirngs, Raytown, Lee's Summit, Birmingham, River Bend, River Bend, Randolph, Avondale, Liberty, and Gladstone.
The Jackson County Bar Association will be able to answer any questions or concerns you have about hiring an attorney in Independence:
P.O. Box 410184
Kansas City, MO 64141
Independence Disability Hearings
The vast majority of claims are denied at both the initial and reconsideration stages of the application process. If your claim is among those that are denied, you will have to travel to Kansas City for a disability hearing. Currently, there are 5,108 pending cases at the Kansas City hearing office and the average wait time to have a hearing scheduled is 389 days.
Between October 2012 and January 2013, there were a total of 1469 hearings held at the Kansas City office and approximately 79.5% of them were either approved or denied. Approximately 9% of them were held through video conferencing.
Administrative Law Judges are responsible for making a decision on claims during the hearing. The 10 judges at the Kansas City office were able to resolve about 16 hearings per day combined on average.
A Kansas City social security attorney will be familiar with the specifics of this office and will be able to use that to your advantage during your hearing.
In extreme circumstances, you can contact your congressman and request that he or she put in a congressional inquiry to see if it is possible to have your hearing scheduled sooner.
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