There are a number of ways you can apply for Social Security disability for your Vermont or New Hampshire SSD or
SSI claim. If you are applying for Social Security disability you can make an appointment at your local Social Security office,
apply on-line, or get a lawyer to help you with your claim. If you are applying for supplemental security income benefits
also called SSI then you will need to do this in person at your local SSA office. You can make an appointment by calling 1-800-772-1213
and they will give you the number so that you can make an appointment at your local VT or NH Social Security office.
If you are applying for Social Security Disability you can call 1-800-772-1213 and make an appointment at your local SSA office.
You can also apply on-line at the SSA website
. You also have the option of contacting a lawyer and they can help you apply.
Here is a link to a page on
my site if you want more information on applying for SSDI or SSI
Some people believe that all claims are denied at application, however, this is not true. You may be interested
in what the denial rate is for VT and NH at the application and reconsideration stages. In New Hampshire the denial
rate at the initial level is 41.3% and at the recon level it is 62.2%. In Vermont at the initial level it is 50.5% and
at recon 82.9%. These statistics are for the year 2006 and the source is FY 2006 DIODS EXTRACT.
the claims at application in Vermont won in 2009. This number drops significantly at reconsideration level as only 15.7%
of the claims won in VT. In NH the percentage of cases that won was 51.9%.
Hearing Office or ODAR Address, SSA Office Locations
and Processing Time.
Below you will find the address of the ODAR for NH and VT along with the location of local offices that process the cases
at the lower stages. I have also provided the average processing time for cases at this ODAR.
SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
1750 Elm Street
Manchester, New Hampshire 03104
Telephone: (603) 629-9326
Fax: (603) 623-4050
Services the following Social Security Field Offices:
Manchester, Nashua, Keene, Portsmouth
Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland
The average processing time for a case at the hearing level for the
above ODAR is 447 days for the year 2009. How long it takes in other hearing offices.
Hearings are held at the above ODAR. They are conducted before an Administrative Law Judge. The ALJ
is independent and makes a new determination based on the record and the testimony and arguments presented at the hearing.
Read more on hearings.