Wisconsin Social Security Disability: Apply, Lawyers, Denial Rates.

Social Security Disability in Wisconsin is covered by the same rules and regulations as other states.  If you are looking for general information on Social Security Disability read the rest of this site.  Here I will cover things specific to those who live in Wisconsin and are pursuing a claim for SSDI or SSI benefits.

On this page you will find information on how to apply in WI, how to find a lawyer, denial rates at application and reconsideration, were hearings are held, location of local SSA offices, and the processing time at the hearing level.

You can apply for Social Security Disability Benefits in several ways.  You can call 1-800-772-1213 and make an appointment at your local SSA office.  You can apply on-line at the SSA website.  You can also contact a lawyer to help with your application.  If you are applying for Supplemental Security Income or SSI you should make an appointment at your local office and apply.  You should read more information before applying for SSDI or SSI benefits.

If you have decided to get a lawyer for your claim simply click on link to the right and note whether you are looking for a local WI lawyer or if you want us to represent you.  If you have decided to get a lawyer I believe it is important to get one as early in the process as possible.  This is not always easy to do since many attorneys will only take cases that have already been denied.  Most lawyers who handle these cases get paid only if they win and get 25% of past due benefits with a cap of $5,300.

You may be interested in knowing what the denial rates are in Wisconsin are.  The denial rate at application is 66.5%.  The denial rate at reconsideration is 86.5%.  You can see why with these kind of denial rates why I feel it is better to get represented early in the process.  You can compare these rates to other areas of the country just see all states denial rates.

Hearing Office (ODAR) Addresses, Local SSA Offices, How Long it Takes.

I have provided below the Address of the ODAR or hearing offices for WI.  You will also find the local SSA offices and how long it takes at the hearing stage for this state.

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Room 300W

310 West Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203

Telephone:(414) 297-3141
(414) 297-1993

Average processing time:  651 days. 
Services the following Social Security Field Offices:


   Appleton, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Marinette, Janesville, Kenosha, La Crosse, Lancaster, Madison, Portage, Manitowoc, Milwaukee (Mitchell, North, South, Downtown, West), Oshkosh, Racine, Sheboygan, Waukesha, West Bend, Wisconsin Rapids, Rhinelander, Wausau, Sault Ste. Marie 

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

City Station, Suite 301

660 West Washington Avenue

Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Telephone:(608) 264-5650
(608) 264-5656

Average processing time:  651 days.

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Towle Building, Suite 650

330 Second Avenue, South

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401-9050

Telephone:(612) 348-1233
(612) 348-1255

Average processing time:  525 days.

Services the following Social Security Field Offices:


   Superior, Eau Claire, Rice Lake

May 2009 Update:  There is some good news for those frustrated with the long wait time to get a Social Security disability hearing in Wisconsin. First, Social Security has opened two new National Hearing Centers and there is plans for two more to be opened by the year 2010. The national hearing centers are set up to help reduce the wait times for hearings across the country. Second, and more specific to the residents of this state, is that there is plans to open a new hearing office in Madison, WI. The opening of this new ODAR should have a direct impact on the number of hearing scheduled in this state and should help to reduce wait times.

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