Residents of Stockton (San Joaquin County) who can no longer work due to a disability, have many qualified disability attorneys and advocates available to help them with their Social Security Disability application. An attorney can speed up the disability application process to get you the financial help you need.
Right now, the Stockton Hearing Office has a total of 2,130 pending cases and a wait time of 276 days. Although 276 days may seem like a long time to wait for a decision on your disability claim, many people find Social Security Disability payments to be worth waiting for. In December 2011, 16,725 San Joaquin residents received disability benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and 29,095 San Joaquin residents received disability benefits from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
If you would like to learn more about the two Social Security Disability benefit programs, click here.
To apply for disability benefits, Stockton residents can fill out an application online or in person. To apply in person, applicants must make an appointment to meet with a representative from his or her local SSA office. Contact your local office at the address listed below:
3558 Deer Park Drive
Stockton, CA 95219
Consulting with a Stockton Social Security Disability Attorney
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the Social Security Disability application process, it may be in your best interest to consult with a Stockton disability lawyer. A legal professional can simplify the process and prevent any confusion you may be experiencing.
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A Stockton Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in San Joaquin County, Stanislaus County, Calaveras County, Amador County, Sacramento County, and Contra Costa County: Lincoln Village, August, Garden Acres, Kennedy, Taft Mosswood, Manteca, Modesto, Escalon, Oakdale, Copperopolis, Lockford, Lodi, Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Hayward, and Sacramento.
Contact your local Bar Association at the following address to learn more about the attorneys or advocates in Stockton:
San Joaquin County Bar Association
20 North Sutter Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Stockton Disability Hearings
If you find that your initial disability application has been denied, you must request an appeal hearing. This hearing will be held at the Stockton Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
Below we have listed the Stockton administrative law judges (ALJs) and their approval rates:
|Heely, Daniel G.
|Kopec, Judith A.
|Maccione, Jane M.
|Misenti, Vincent A.
*Data from http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/03_ALJ_Disposition_Data.html
If your attorney or advocate is familiar with the administrative law judges in the Stockton area, he or she will be able to use that information to your advantage.
As with most steps in the disability application process, scheduling an appeal hearing can take a very long time. If you cannot wait for your hearing to be scheduled, you can contact your congressman to ask that he intervene with the ODAR to expedite your case. Often, if an applicant is experiencing financial or medical difficulty, a congressman can explain your situation to the ODAR and expedite your case. Contact your local congressman at the following address:
2222 Grand Canal Blvd #7
Stockton, CA 95207
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