Located in Orange County, Orange is home to a large amount of Social Security Disability attorneys and advocates. These legal professionals can offer assistance to disabled residents of Orange, California who are attempting to file for disability benefits. The assistance of an attorney can be the difference between being approved or denied for disability benefits.
Currently, the hearing office located in Orange is processing a total of 3,156 cases and there is a wait time of 297 days. Although these numbers indicate a long wait for disability benefits, many beneficiaries find that Social Security Disability Payments are worth the long wait. As of December 2011, 36,550 Orange County residents received SSDI benefits while 72,713 Orange County residents received SSI benefits.
Learn more about the different Social Security Disability options, here.
If you or a loved one is ready to begin the Social Security Disability application process, you can fill out the initial application paperwork online or in person at a Social Security office near you. The office closest to Orange County is located at:
1851 E. First St
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Consulting with an Orange Social Security Disability Attorney
If you can no longer work due to a disabling condition or illness, it is in your best interest to get in touch with an Orange attorney or advocate. By offering you legal advice and helping you with the various legal documents, an attorney can increase your chances of being approved for Social Security Disability benefits.
Learn about the many benefits of having legal representation during the Social Security Disability application process.
An Orange Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Diego County, San Bernardino County, and Ventura County: Fullerton, Santa Ana, La Miranda, La Habra, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Tustin, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Long Beach, Cypress, Lakewood, Villa Park, North Tustin, Stanton, Buena Park, Whittier, Paramount, and Compton.
If you have any questions about the legal professionals in your community, contact the Orange County Bar Association:
Orange County Bar Association
P.O. Box 6130
Newport Beach, CA 92658
Orange Disability Hearings
If your application is not approved during the initial application or reconsideration stage, you will have to request an appeal hearing. Orange disability appeal hearings are held in the Orange ODAR—or Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.
Listed below you will find the names and approval rates for the administrative law judges who hear cases in the Orange ODAR:
|Ball, Kenneth E.||20.26%|
|Cichanowicz, Susanne M.||29.73%|
|Kerins, Jean R.||33.85%|
|Lind, Kelly B.||40.00%|
|Lisiecki III, Joseph P.||48.27%|
|Markiewicz, Alan J.||41.51%|
|Wojciechowski, John W.||42.96%|
*Data from http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/03_ALJ_Disposition_Data.html
Experienced Social Security Disability lawyers, who have handled many disability hearings, will often be familiar with the different administrative law judges. Your lawyer can use this insight to your advantage in preparation for your disability hearing.
In some cases, it can take many months to have an appeal hearing scheduled. If financial or medical complications have made it impossible for you to wait for your Social Security Disability benefits, there are ways to attempt to speed up your hearing date. The most efficient way to do so is to contact your local congressperson to explain the severity of your situation. If your congressperson approves, he or she may be able to intervene with the ODAR on your behalf. Your local congressperson's contact information is listed below:
1380 S. Fullerton Road #205
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Telephone: (626) 964-5123
Fax: (626) 810-3891
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