About Overland Park, Kansas
Overland Park is the second largest city in Kansas, behind Topeka. It is considered a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, and is located close to the Missouri border. The city was incorporated in the 1960s and has seen a tremendous boom in population since then, numbering over 173,000 as of 2011.
The city is highly regarded for its low crime, high educational standards, and pleasant lifestyle. Money magazine has selected Overland several times as one of its 10 Best Places to Live and Raise Kids.
Overland is home to a number of the more popular tourist attractions in Kansas, including botanical gardens, an arboretum, and one of the state’s largest shopping malls. The mall draws crowds from both Kansas and Missouri, being the largest mall in either state. The service industry plays a significant role in the local economy.
The economy is not relegated just to the service and retail industries, however. To the contrary, the economy of Overland is robust and diverse. The largest employer in the area is the Sprint Nextel Corporation, which employs more than 18,000 residents. There are a number of other corporations, including several Fortune 500 companies, which make their headquarters in Overland, Kansas. Additionally, the school systems and medical facilities employ a significant percentage of the area’s population.
Applying for Overland Park Social Security Disability Benefits
The rate of disabled persons in Overland is fairly low, in part because most of the available work in Overland is sedentary work, which does not pose significant occupational hazards. Of course, there are still several thousand people with disabilities in Overland, and some of them are disabled severely enough that they cannot reasonably be expected to find a job or perform any meaningful work activity.
If you live in Overland and are unable to work due to your disability, contact an Overland Social Security attorney before you do anything else. While you are allowed to file for disability benefits on your own, your chances of having your claim accepted are much better if you are represented by an Overland disability attorney.
Anyone who is trying to make their way through the disability claims process is entitled to the counsel and representation of an Overland Social Security attorney. This is true from the moment you consider filing a disability claim through the entire appeals process and even during the Federal Court process, should your case need to go that far.
Hiring an Overland Park Disability Attorney
An Overland Social Security Disability lawyer is fully versed in the SSA’s expectations and can help frame your disability case in a manner that is most likely to result in an approval. Most claimants (especially those who are not represented by an Overland disability lawyer) are denied in the initial stages and must go on through the redetermination and hearing phases. Your best chance, in most cases, of having your disability claim accepted is during the hearing phase. It is especially important that you have a Social Security attorney representing you when you appear before the Administrative Law Judge, as this is the one chance you have (short of federal court) when you will actually have an opportunity to make your case before a living, breathing human being who can see you as more than a case file.
The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), more than anyone else in the claims and appeals process, has some leeway in his decision making process. Your Overland Social Security Disability lawyer, in most cases, will be familiar with the different Administrative Law Judges in the area, and will know how to best present your case to each. While the SSA does strive for some degree of uniformity, the ALJs are human, and your Overland disability attorney will often be aware of how to best present your case before the particular ALJ assigned to your case.
Use the Overland Park Social Security Disability Resources, such as an attorney or advocate, and your chances of being approved increase dramatically.
An Overland Park Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Wyandotte County, Leavenworth County, Jefferson County, and Johnson County: Mission, Spring Hill, Leawood, Mission, Lenexa, Overland Park, Merriam, Lee's Summit, Leawood, Shawnee, Prairie Village, Lawrence, Lansing, Leavenworth, Atchinson, Meriden, Edwardsville, Fairway, Topeka, Manhattan, Ottawa, De Soto, Gardner, and Louisburg.