The residents of Spokane Valley (Spokane County), WA who are unable to work due to a severe disability are eligible to collect disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). A Spokane Valley disability attorney will help you apply and get approved in an efficient manner. Your attorney will also be able to determine which disability program (SSDI or SSI) you should apply for. As of December 2011, there were 15,065 individuals receiving SSDI benefits and 13,051 individuals receiving SSI benefits in Spokane County.
The closest SSA office where a Spokane Valley applicant can submit an application is in Spokane:
714 N Ironbridge Way
Spokane, WA 99202
Hiring a Spokane Valley Disability Attorney
Most people think that getting approved for disability is as simple as filling out a few forms and could not be more wrong. It takes most people over a year to be approved for disability. Thus, it is in your best interest to hire a Spokane Valley social security attorney or advocate to help you with your claim.
A Spokane Valley Social Security Disability lawyer also services the counties surrounding Spokane County, including Lincoln, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Adams and Whitman counties and the cities of Spokane, Cheney, Deer Park, Medical Lake, Othello, Ritzville, Davenport, Harrington, Sprague, Colville, Kettle Falls, Newport, Colfax, Palouse, Pullman, and Tekoa.
Any questions about hiring an attorney in Spokane Valley or Washington in general should be directed to the Washington State Bar Association:
Washington State Bar Association
1325 Fourth Ave., Ste. 600
Seattle, WA 98101
Spokane Valley Disability Hearings
The reason it takes most people over a year to be approved is because they are initially denied for disability. Most of these individuals will have to request to have a hearing with the Spokane Office of Disability Adjudication and (ODAR). Currently, there are 5,055 pending cases at the Spokane ODAR and the wait time is 356 days.
From October 2012 to January 2013, the Spokane ODAR office had 1,247 hearings scheduled. Approximately 85.40% of these hearings were resolved (approved, partially approved or denied). The 7 judges in the Spokane office handled about 2.2 dispositions per day. The office as a whole had about 15 dispositions scheduled per day. Approximately 75% of the hearings were held in person and the rest were held through video conferencing.
Don’t be overwhelmed if you do not understand what all of these numbers and statistics mean. That is exactly what Spokane Valley disability attorneys are for. They will be familiar with the specifics of the Spokane office since they will have attended hearings at this office in the past.
It is possible to have your scheduled sooner and not have to wait the 356 days.
10 North Post, Suite 625
Spokane, WA 99201
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