Santa Clarita—part of Los Angeles County—is home to many skilled Social Security Disability attorneys and advocates. These legal specialists can offer assistance those with disabilities who wish to apply for one or both of the two Social Security Disability benefit programs. It is important to note that these two programs, SSI and SSDI, are separate and have two different sets of qualifying criteria. Learn more about that, here.
Many residents of Santa Clarita rely on Social Security Disability benefits to make ends meet each month. In fact, in December of 2011 alone, 149,090 Los Angeles County residents received SSDI while another 418,384 received SSI.
Contact your local Social Security office with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have prior to submitting your initial application. The office closest to Santa Clarita can be found at the following address:
23504 Lyons Ave
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
Hiring a Santa Clarita Disability Attorney
It is critical that you have a good understanding of the Social Security Disability application process before actually applying. The reason for this is that many applicants rush into the process thinking that it will help them to receive benefits sooner. In reality, jumping in without any background knowledge is more likely to result in costly errors that will ultimately slow the processing of your claim.
The only way to avoid errors and still receive a timely decision on your disability claim is to retain the services of a Santa Clarita disability lawyer.
Retaining legal representation has many benefits. Learn about them here.
A Santa Clarita Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Kern County, and Ventura County: Lancaster, Quartz Hill, Piru, Little Rock, Antelope Center, Andrade Corner, Lake Los Angeles, Simi Valley, Wrightwood, Cajon Junction, Hesperia, Moorpark, Victorville, Apple Valley, Valerde, Rosamond, Mojave, Thousand Oaks, California City, Burbank, Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando, Arcadia, Azusa, and Glendora.
Feel free to contact the Los Angeles County Bar Association with any questions you have about the disability lawyers in Santa Clarita. Their contact information is listed below:
Los Angeles County Bar Association
P.O. Box 55020
Los Angeles, CA 90055-2020
Santa Clarita Disability Hearings
For obvious reasons, most applicants would prefer to be approved for disability benefits during their first application. However, many Social Security Disability applications are denied during this stage. Should your initial application be denied, do not worry. You can request an appeal hearing to be held in front of an administrative law judge.
Because there is no Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Santa Clarita, the majority of Santa Clarita appeal hearings are held in the Los Angeles West ODAR.
Listed below you will find that we have compiled important facts and figures about the Los Angeles West hearing office. Note that these statistics apply to the hearings held during October 2012 to January 2013:
- There were approximately 1,388 hearings scheduled in the Los Angeles West ODAR.
- Out of these 1,388 hearings, 75.05% of them ended up being resolved—meaning that the claimant was approved, partially approved, or denied.
- The Los Angeles West ODAR employs 10 administrative law judges who each handle around 2.3 dispositions each day.
- The entire hearing office handles approximately 23 dispositions each day.
- 92.86% of the hearings held in the Los Angeles West ODAR were held in person. The rest were conducted using video conferencing technology.
Typically, claimants wait several months between scheduling their hearings and actually appearing in front of an administrative law judge. During this time period, many claimants struggle both financially and medically. If your medical condition begins to deteriorate or if you fall significantly behind on your bills, you can contact your local congressperson to see if he or she can expedite your appeal hearing. Your congressperson's office location is listed below:
26650 The Old Road Suite 203
Santa Clarita, CA 91381
Telephone: (661) 254-2111
Fax: (661) 254-2380
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