You have several options when applying for benefits. The best way to apply is to call SSA at 1-800-772-1213
and make an appointment at your local office. See my page on how to apply for Social Security Disabilityto know what you will need to bring with you for your appointment. You can also simply ask them when you talk to them on the
phone. If you are applying for SSDI in NM you can also apply on-line at the SSA Website. It is a good idea to have some idea of what you have to prove to win your case and this knowledge can
be helpful when filling out your forms. A good place to start your research is my website but you should also look at the
SSA website even though it can be a bit confusing at times. You might be wondering if you need a lawyer or representative
to help you with your claim. There is no requirement that you use a lawyer. This is a choice you will have to make after you
research the rules and what you have to prove to win. You may be told by many lawyers to get denied first then contact them.
I disagree with this approach. I believe you should try and get it right from the start so that you do not waist precious
time in an already slow system. So, if you are told this and want a lawyer keep looking because there are attorneys who
will take these cases at application. If you want help finding a local lawyer or want us to help feel free to click on the
Another thing people like to know is what are their chances of winning a Social Security Disability claim.
I can't tell you your chances exactly but I can give you the statistics of approval and denial rates in your state. The
denial rate at application for NM is 64.2% at application and 87.3% at reconsideration. The approval rates are 35.8% and 12.7%
respectively. Each of the two stages of the process can take from three to six months to get a decision. The hearing process
can take considerably longer as you will notice from the numbers below were I give you the processing time for the corresponding
ODAR office. As you can see if you don't win until you get to a hearing you are looking at a wait of 2 years and could
be more. In some hearing offices the wait for a hearing can be 2 years. At this point with the new office just opened
in 2009 in Albuquerque the wait time already appears to be down to about a year and a half.
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UPDATE: There is a new national hearing Center to be opened in Albuquerque New Mexico to help
with the backlog of cases there and in other parts of the country. This is good news for those of you waiting for a hearing
for your Social Security disability claim and New Mexico. "Commissioner Astrue has been working very hard to address
the backlog of Social Security cases, and New Mexicans are already seeing results," Senator Bingaman said. "I
commend the Commissioner for his efforts, and will work to ensure he has the funding he needs to eliminate the backlog.
With the opening of the National Hearing Center in Albuquerque and the new office in Rio Rancho next year, Social Security
will be able to better serve local residents and those waiting for disability decisions around the country."