Every year, California distributes an average of $1.2 billion in disability insurance payments.
While its initial disability application acceptance rate is around the national average (32.7%), it has one of the fastest processing times and highest approval ratings for claims that require an appeal.
If your severe disability hinders your ability to live normally, then applying for benefits in California may be a very positive option.
Continue below to learn more about the offices in San Francisco and learn how you can have the best chance at receiving the benefits you deserve.
San Francisco’s Social Security Office
Address: 560 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (800) 772-1213
MON: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
TUES: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
WED: 09:00 AM—12:00 PM
THUR: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
FRI: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
SAT & SUN: CLOSED
By car: San Francisco’s main Social Security office is most easily accessible via the I-80W. Take the exit 2C to merge onto Fremont/Front St, then turn left onto Pine before making a right onto Kearny.
Parking can be fine just a bit further down the street at Portsmouth Square Plaza Garage if the street and normal building parking are full.
By public transit: The California trolley takes passenger directly to their destination via the California & Kearny trolley stop. The 3 bus can also be used to get within .2 miles of the office at the Kearny & Sutter St stop.
If this distance poses a problem to you due to your disability, you can contact your local SSA office at the number above and discuss additional travel options.
San Francisco’s ODAR Office
A majority of disability applications (around 68%) are denied upon initial consideration. Luckily, all United States citizens are entitled to multiple appeals to try and receive reconsideration in favor of their case.
These appeals take place at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). Thankfully, California has one of the highest hearing approval rates in the country, which can potentially prove more peace of mind should you ever need to visit this location.
Address: 301 Howard St. 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (866) 770-1221
List of All San Francisco ALJs:
- Judge Robert M. Erickson
- Judge John Heyer
- Judge Gary J. Lee
- Judge Nancy Lisewski
- Judge Katherine Loo
- Judge Lisa Lunsford
- Judge Mary P. Parnow
- Judge Elizabeth Stevens Bentley
Average Hearing Wait Time: 17.00 months
Average Processing Time: 588 days
Average Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ: 1.61
San Francisco Congressional and Senatorial Offices
To further speed up the decision process on your disability claim, you can try contacting your local congress or senatorial offices. By asking for an update on your case decision, you can potentially get results sent to you faster.
This doesn’t improve your chances of approval, but it does give you more time to start the appeals process should you need to. Other methods, such as speaking with a disability attorney, can also be used to speed up the claims process.Congressional Representatives:
Address: 90 7th Street Suite 2-800, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 556-4862
Address: 1 Post Street Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 393-0707
Address: 50 United Nations Plaza Suite 5584, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 355-9041
Contacting a Disability Attorney
Regardless of where you are in the benefits process, it is always wise to consider speaking with a disability attorney. Disability attorneys can help you keep paperwork organized, help send records to update the SSA throughout the process, and can represent you in court should you need to appeal.
If money is a worry, it is important to note that disability attorneys are only paid should you win your case.
Before you take your next step, consider a free consultation with a San Francisco disability attorney today.