If you are a resident of Pasadena (Los Angeles County), you have many Social Security Disability attorneys and advocates available to assist you with your disability claim. An attorney or advocate can often help an applicant avoid long wait times and receive a quicker decision on his or her initial application.
Currently, in the Pasadena Hearing Office, there are 2,374 pending cases and a processing time of 337 days. While the processing time may seem like a lengthy wait for a decision, many Pasadena residents find that disability benefits are definitely worth waiting for. As of December 2011, Los Angeles County was home 149,090 SSDI recipients and 418,384 SSI recipients.
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The SSA accepts both electronic and handwritten applications. If you wish to apply electronically, visit the SSA’s website to begin your application. If you prefer to apply in person, you will need to make an appointment with your local SSA office, where a representative will provide you with a hard copy of the Social Security Disability application. Your local office is located at the address listed below:
104 N Mentor Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106
Consulting with a Pasadena Social Security Disability Attorney
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the Social Security Disability application process, you should consider retaining the services of Pasadena Social Security Disability lawyer. A professional lawyer will help guide you through the entire application process. Learn more about the benefits of hiring a qualified attorney or advocate here.
If your Pasadena Social Security lawyer feels as though your case for disability benefits is a strong one, you are likely to have your benefits granted to you at the hearing stage of the appeal process. If, for some reason, the administrative law judge overseeing your case does not grant your Social Security Disability benefits, your lawyer can discuss the next steps of the appeal process with you and what you should expect each step of the way.
Pasadena Bar Association
301 East Colorado Blvd, Suite 524
Pasadena, CA 91101
Pasadena Disability Hearings
If your initial application has been denied, you are required to request an appeal hearing if you wish to continue pursuing disability benefits. If you must attend a hearing, it will be held at the Pasadena Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). Below you will find a list of Pasadena judges (ALJs) and their approval rates.
|Bauer, Edward T.||44.94%|
|Chau, Ken H.||48.05%|
|Coburn, Diana J.||26.67%|
|Cooper, Bruce T.||43.09%|
|Goodman, James D.||28.74%|
|Montano, Donna M.||57.14%|
|Moreen, John D.||67.19%|
|Simon, Philip J.||54.44%|
*Data from http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/03_ALJ_Disposition_Data.html
It is not uncommon for Pasadena disability attorneys and advocates to be familiar with the judges who hear cases in their local hearing offices. Your attorney or advocate can use that insight to prepare your case more effectively.
Often, disability hearings take quite a while to schedule. Should you require a hearing sooner, you can contact your local congressman. Once you explain why you need your hearing to be rescheduled (ex. financial or medical troubles) he has the power to intervene with the ODAR and have it changed. Your local congressperson's office address is:
245 East Olive Avenue #200
Burbank, CA 91502
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