Las Cruces (Dona Ana County) disability attorneys and advocates are individuals who help disabled individuals apply for social security benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you have a strong work history, then you will have to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). If not, you will have to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is a need based program. As of December 2011, there were 5,125 individuals receiving SSDI benefits and 7,422 individuals receiving SSI benefits in Dona Ana County.
Learn more about how the SSA determines if you are disabled.
A Las Cruces disability attorney can either apply for disability online or at a local SSA office. Listed below are a few of the offices in the Las Cruces area:
2141 Summit Court
Las Cruces, NM 88011
500 N Richardson, Room 122
Roswell, NM 88201
2302 W Pierce
, Suite D
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Las Cruces Disability Attorneys
If you are comfortable applying for disability on your own, you do not have to hire a Las Cruces disability attorney. However, you should be aware that most disability claims are initially denied. This is often due to the fact that the paperwork is filled out incorrectly or documents are missing. You can avoid these errors by hiring a Las Cruces disability attorney or advocate.
Learn more about how a disability attorney is paid.
A Las Cruces social security disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in: Sunland Park, Deming, Alamogordo, Silver City, Ruidoso, Socorro, Artesia and even El Paso, TX.
If you have any questions or concerns about hiring an attorney, you should contact the State Bar of New Mexico:
5121 Masthead NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Las Cruces Disability Hearings
As mentioned above, most claimants are initially denied and will have to wait until a disability hearing to be approved for benefits. All Las Cruces residents will have their hearings held at the Albuquerque hearing office. Currently, there are 5,570 pending cases at the Las Cruces office and the wait time is 395 days.
From October 2012 to January 2013:
- The Albuquerque hearing office had 1585 hearings scheduled.
- Approximately 86.1% of these hearings were resolved (approved, partially approved or denied).
- The 11 judges in the Albuquerque office handled about 1.9 dispositions per day or approximately 21 hearings scheduled per day.
If you live far way from the Albuquerque office, video hearings are an option. Approximately, 35% of the hearings were held through video conferencing.
A Las Cruces disability attorney should be familiar with the judges and the specifics associated with the Albuquerque office since he or she will have attended hearings in the past on behalf of other claimants.
If you cannot afford to wait over a year for your hearing to be scheduled, you can contact your local congressman to see if it is possible to speed up the scheduling of your hearing. Your congressman is located at:
570 N Telshor Blvd
Las Cruces, NM 88011
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