Social Security Disability in Oklahoma: Apply, Lawyers and Information.
Information on Social Security Disability in Oklahoma can be found on this page. I will cover how to apply in OK.
I will also provide some interesting statistics on how long it takes and your chances of winning at both application
and reconsideration. I have a link to help you find a lawyer for your SSDI or SSI claim.
This page will first
discuss the application process. I will then provide you with the latest percentages of those cases that win and lose
at the first two steps of the process. I will talk a little bit about lawyers and representatives. Last I
will have the addresses of the hearing offices that handle cases from OK. You will also find in this last section the location
of the local SSA offices and the wait time at the hearing stage for each hearing office.
When applying for Social Security Disability in OK you have a few options. You can call the SSA toll free
number at 1-800-772-1213 and make an appointment at your local office or if you know were your local office is you can simply
go down there and apply but if you make an appointment the wait is considerably shorter. You can also apply on-line at the SSA website
. If you do not want to do it on your own you can get a lawyer or representative to help you and they will send in your
application. If you are applying for Supplemental Security Income you must do this in person at your local SSA office.
If you don't know which one you are trying to get it helps to know the difference in the two programs. Social Security
Disability or SSDI is based on the whether you have enough work credits that you earn when you pay your taxes through working.
Supplemental Security Income or SSI is a needs based program for the disabled. You must have very little resources (income
and savings) to qualify for this program. Some people may qualify for both. If you are unsure when you go for
your appointment they will be able to tell what you qualify for.
One thing many people like to know is "what
are my chances of winning"? I will give you thepercentages for the first two stages of the process but it is important
to remember that each SSDI and SSI case is different and these numbers are based on all the claims for the year 2007 and every
year these numbers may go up or down. In Oklahoma the percentage of cases won is 37.9% at application and 16.8% at reconsideration.
The denial rate is 62.1% at application and 83.2% at reconsideration. Each of these stages of the process usually take
from three to six months to get a decision but it is not unheard of to take a year. You will want to do all you can
to try and win at one of these stages of the process because as you will see in the last part of this page the time it takes
to get a decision at hearing is substantially longer. This is one good reason to get help with your claim from a lawyer
or representative early in the process. Many lawyers may tell you to wait until you are denied and then call them.
It is a good idea to get it right from the start. So, if you are told this and want help then make sure to call another
lawyer because many will take your case before you are denied. When choosing an attorney you will want to find one who
is familiar with Social Security Disability and devotes a good portion of their practice to this area. In most situations
in this area of law consultations are free and lawyers only get paid if they win your case. Most lawyers charge 25%
of past due benefits not to exceed $5,300. In other words which ever is less of the two amounts. You may be wondering
if you need a lawyer or not. This depends and is a personal decision. Read all about Social Security Disability
and what you have to prove to win your particular case. If you feel you understand the laws and have the ability and
time to make sure you can present a winning case then you may want to try it yourself. If you are unsure or are too
sick to put the time and energy into your claim then you may want to consider a lawyer. The link just above is to my
home page for this site. On this website you will find a great deal of information for free you will probably not find
anywhere else so take advantage of it. You should also visit the SSA website. It is a little more confusing but
there is a lot of useful information there as well.
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Social Security Address, Local Offices, and How Long it Takes in OK
Below you will find the the offices were the hearings are held for OK. Under each Hearing office you will find the towns
were the local SSA offices are that send the cases to these hearing offices. Due to backlogs your case may sometimes
be sent to another hearing office to be processed and those hearings may be held by video. I have also included the
average processing time for each of the ODAR (hearing) offices. In other words, how long it takes at hearing to get
a decision from the time you request one.