When applying for Lakewood, CO Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you should be aware that the process takes some time and that your benefits may be denied – at least initially. Four to five months may pass before your initial claim is reviewed. Only about 40 percent of applicants are found eligible during the first review. All others must request a second review. If your claim is denied again, you can file an appeal to have your claim reviewed by an administrative law judge. The entire process can take a year or more to complete.
Eligibility under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) guidelines requires applicants for SSD to prove they’re unable to work due to long term or permanent disability. To submit an application for Lakewood disability benefits, you can call the SSA at (800)772-1213, visit your Colorado SSA office.
Lakewood Health Resources
The local Lakewood Social Security office to which you submit your application will review the file for completeness before sending it to the Disability Determination Services (DDS) office. At the DDS, all of the medical records within your applications will be assessed under SSA eligibility guidelines. In order to receive Lakewood disability benefits, you’ll need to show you’ve received regular and ongoing medical treatment for any disabling condition(s). Paying for healthcare with limited income can be very difficult. Here are a few Lakewood disability resources for free and low cost health services.
Stein Wellness Center
80 S Teller St, Lakewood, CO 80226-2044
Cedar Clinic at JCMH
9808 W Cedar Ave,
Lakewood, CO 80226-1023
Estes Street Community Clinic
8755 W 14th Ave,
Lakewood, CO 80215-4863
8500 W Colfax Ave,
Lakewood, CO 80215-4011
Colfax Clinic at JCMH
9485 W Colfax Ave,
Lakewood, CO 80215-3918
Lakewood Mental Health Resources
Whether you have a psychological or mental condition causing a disability, or a condition which plays a part in your physical disability, you must include documentation of mental health treatment in your SSD application. Here are a few of the Lakewood disability resources for getting free or low cost mental health care.
Alternative Behaviors Counseling
1949 Wadsworth Blvd, Suite 206
Lakewood, CO, 80214
Jefferson County Dept of Health and Environment
6303 Wadsworth By-Pass
Denver, CO, 80226
Lakewood Supplemental Security Benefits
Those found eligible for Lakewood disability benefits may also be entitled to Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and/or Medicare. SSI is pays cash benefits and other living expenses, while Medicare and Medicaid cover medical-related expenses. To learn more about SSI, contact the Lakewood SSA Office at:
Social Security Administration
13151 W Alameda Pkwy,
Lakewood, CO 80228
To discover more about Medicaid and Medicare, contact:
Jefferson County Public Health
260 S Kipling St
Lakewood, CO 80226
Your Lakewood Social Security Disability Claim
Extensive and well documented medical records in your Lakewood disability benefits application will increase your chances of being found eligible, but there is still nothing that can guarantee you’ll receive benefits. A Lakewood Social Security lawyer can increase your chances of being approved by reviewing all claim documentation and arguing any appeals necessary.
Being disabled, you likely have quite limited financial resources and won’t be able to pay for legal services. The good news is that a Lakewood Social Security attorney doesn’t charge anything upfront. In fact, the lawyer is only paid if you get SSD benefits and even then, only receives 25% of retroactive benefits (to a maximum of $6,000).
If you are interested in obtaining an evaluation of your Social Security Disability case, click the "Free Disability Evaluation" link at the top of the page for your free case evaluation or to get more information about hiring a Lakewood disability lawyer.