Social Security Disability in Maryland:  Lawyers, Apply, Information and Hearing.

Here you will find information for SSDI and SSI in MD.  Maryland Social Security Disability is under the same laws for proving your case as every other state since SSA is a federal agency.  However, I have tried to provide some useful information and facts unique to this state.

Below you will find information on your chances of winning in MD, how to find a lawyer, addresses and how long it takes at the hearing stage for the hearing offices that serve this state.

So what are your chances of winning?  The denial rate in Maryland at application and reconsideration for the year 2006 was 66.2% and 85.6% respectively.  This means only one third of the SSDI and SSI cases one at the initial level and the percentage of cases that won at reconsideration was even lower at 14.4%.  So how do you increase your chances of beating the odds?  You can read this website and learn as much as you can about the disability process.  If you read and understand the information in this website you will be better prepared to know what you have to prove to win your case.  You also may want to consider getting a lawyer or representative to help you with your claim.  You will also want to make sure SSA has all your medical information and treating doctor opinion evidence in before a decision is made.  If you don't win at application or reconsideration you should then request a hearing.  These hearings are held by Administrative Law Judges also called ALJs at the hearing offices listed below.  The wait time at hearing can be considerably longer than at the first two stages of the process.  It usually takes 3-6 months for each decision at the first two stages.  The processing time at the hearing stage in MD is listed below the ODAR offices listed below.

When deciding if you will hire a lawyer you will want to consider several things.  Do you understand SSAs five step process that they use to determine if you are disabled?  Do you understand your case and what you will have to show to win?  Do you have the time and energy to do all that has to be done to win your claim?  If you are at the hearing stage will you be able to understand why you are being asked certain questions and have the ability know what information might have been left out of the questioning and then be able to express this through your testimony?  If a VE or ME is scheduled for your hearing will you be able to cross examine these experts properly?  Most Social Security Disability lawyers will charge 25% of past due benefits not to exceed $5,300.  They only get paid if you win and get the lesser of the two amounts.

You can apply in several ways for Social Security Disability.  You can apply on-line at the SSA website.  You can call 1-800-772-1213 and make an appointment at your local SSA office.  You can also contact an attorney and they will help you apply.  If you are applying for Supplemental Security Income or SSI you will have to  do this in person at your local office.

SSDI and SSI Hearing:  ODAR Addresses, Phone and How Long it Takes.

Next I will list the ODAR or hearing offices their addresses and telephone numbers.  After each ODAR address you will find how long it takes for that particular hearing office to process your case.  This is the time from when you request your hearing until you receive your decision.  I have also listed the local MD SSA offices that send their cases to that particular ODAR.

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

The Symphony Center, Room 300

1010 Park Avenue

Baltimore, Maryland 21201-5600

Telephone:(410) 962-3361
Fax:(410) 962-6999

Just below you will find information about this hearing office.
The average processing time for this hearing office was 583 days for the year 2007.
Has hearings from cases from the following local Social Security Field Offices:


Baltimore, Downtown East, Mondawmin, North, Northeast, Northwest, West, Glen Burnie, Annapolis, Catonsville, Towson, Bel Air, Eastpoint, Garrison, Randallstown, Westminster, Frederick, Hagerstown

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Suite 100

500 W. Lockerman Street,

Dover, DE 19904

Telephone:(302) 674-7000
Fax:(302) 674-7024

Below you will find information on this ODAR office.
This ODAR averaged a processing time in 2007 of 440 days.
This ODAR hears cases from the following Social Security Field Offices:


Elkton, Cambridge, Salisbury

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Union Center Plaza II, Suite 950

820 First Street, N.E.

Washington, D.C. 20002-4205

Telephone:(202) 523-0408
Fax:(202) 408-8995

Below is information on this ODAR.
The above ODAR had an average processing time of 551 days in 2007.

This ODAR will have hearings for cases from the below Social Security Field Offices:


"M" Street, Postal Plaza, Shepards Park


Anacostia, Brightseat, Camp Springs, Greenbelt, Rockville, Wheaton

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

6 Suburban Court

Chestnut Ridge Road

Morgantown, West Virginia 26505

Telephone:(304) 285-4250
Fax:(304) 285-4326

Below you will find information on this hearing office.
This hearing office had an average processing time for the year 2007 of 361 days.
This ODAR will have hearings for cases from this MD Social Security Field Office:



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On this page you will find Social Security Disability information for the state of Maryland.