Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and considered the largest city. Phoenix is home to 1,445,632 residents (2010 US Census Bureau) and known as the Valley of the Sun. The city’s metropolis population increases to the state helped make Arizona, the second fastest growing state in the nation (tracked from the 1990’s.) Arizona’s median household income is estimated to be $41,207 (2010 City Data). In the Valley of the Sun, average summer high temperatures are some of the hottest of any major city in the United States, with over 110 days of each year reaching 100 degrees or more. The city’s area unemployment rate is below the national average reports, as of May 2011, at 8.0%. This average in no way precludes the initial approval rates of SSA benefits, which average around 37% for the initial applicant and 20% approval during appeals. Over 25,268 in the Phoenix area currently receive either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Beneficiaries of the SSDI benefits are unable to obtain SGA Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA or paid work) by reason of documented medical impairment. The disability must have extensive medical notes by a medical practitioner, and must be a disability that will last for at least twelve months and/or result in death. If enough work credits have been established and FICA payroll tax withheld, an individual may have enough evidence to be awarded Social Security benefits. If you do not have sufficient work credits or were employed in a job not covered by Social Security, you may still be eligible for SSI. A licensed Phoenix Disability attorney will be able to give sound advice in the initial determination phase for applying individuals.
Apply for Phoenix Social Security Disability Benefits
Phoenix field offices can be out of the way for applicant, but an application can also be filled out online. A Phoenix attorney can help compile a strong case, worthy of an approval by the SSA. Your selected attorney can help evaluated your case, institute an initial/ongoing checklist of information needed - the most important item being the extensive collection of medical records documenting the disability. Projected rulings can also be determined by a Phoenix Social Security attorney, as well as problem-solving efforts to correct any flaws or missing information benefiting the applicant’s case. An approval or denial of the Disability benefits will be submitted approximately 80 – 120 days after the application is file. Disability attorneys in Phoenix also understand other social factors unique to Phoenix, such as past case rulings and the judges who made these rulings at the Hearing stage of the process. If a Denial is handed down from the initial application, there are four possible steps in the disability appeals process: Request for Reconsideration, Disability Hearing, an Appeals Council Review, and a District Court Case. If you disagree with the determination on your case, the appeal will proceed in the order listed. A Phoenix Social Security attorney is a necessity at any stage resulting in a denial, Filing the necessary corrective paperwork alone, requires the help of a Phoenix Disability Attorney, especially if an interview is called at a Disability Determination (DDS) office or possible testimony before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Proven beyond approval percentages, a Phoenix Disability attorney is there to help at every stage of the process in obtaining SSA benefits, and acts also acts as a personal advocate for your case.
Listed below are the local Social Security Offices where an applicant can file a claim for disability benefits:
Phoenix Social Security
16241 N Tatum Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85032
For a list of more office in the Phoenix area, please visit ssa.gov.
Phoenix Social Security Disability Resources
Financial means to receive medical care can be a problem for financially challenged individuals. Below is a list of local clinics to help with the process of receiving a proper disability diagnosis, as well as secure an ongoing paper trail.
Comprehensive Healthcare Center
2525 East Roosevelt Street,
Maricopa County Public Health
1645 East Roosevelt Street,
Your Phoenix Disability Claim
Statistics have shown that hiring a Social Security Attorney will improve your chances of being awarded benefits. The Phoenix Disability Attorney will evaluate your claim, assist with the application process, and determine where existing “gaps” could result in a denial. The attorney will also act as an advocate on the claimant’s behalf throughout the appeals process, if a reconsideration appeal is necessary.
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