Mississippi Social Security Disability and SSI

Although the process and what you have to prove to get Social Security disability in Mississippi is the same as every other state, I will provide you with specific information about SSDI and SSI cases in MS. I will give you the addresses and phone numbers to where the hearings are held and which local MS SSA offices are serviced by particular hearing offices in the state of Mississippi.  You will also find information on how long it takes on average to get a decision at hearing in Mississippi.  I will also include information on how to apply for Social Security disability benefits in MS. You also will be able to link to other pages throughout my site that address specific issues and information you need to know for your disability claim. Lastly, I will include information on lawyers and how you can find a local MS SSD lawyer and how you can contact me with any questions or if you would like my help with your claim.  I am a Social Security Disability Specialist lawyer certified by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (NBLSC) and do accept clients but the main purpose of this page and website is to provide free information on Social Security Disability and SSI for people who can't find it anywere else both in Mississippi and around the country. 

Lawyer for MS Social Security Disability Claim

Mississippi Social Security Hearing Office Addresses, Phone Numbers, and Local MS Offices

Below you will find the Mississippi hearing offices that will handle the majority of Social Security Disability claims from the local MS Social Security Administration offices. The hearing offices are officially called the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review or ODARs. The SSA local offices are known as Social Security District Offices (DO). After each hearing office you will find the address, the local offices that send their cases to that particular Social Security disability hearing office, and the average time it takes in days to get a decision from the time you request a hearing in MS. I will discuss attorneys later but if you are at the hearing stage and you do not yet have a lawyer this may be a good time to consider getting professional help for your SSD or SSI claim.

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
1901 Broadway Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39402
Phone (866) 348-5831
Fax (601) 264-7702
The local MS Social Security local offices that send their cases to this hearing office are:  Biloxi, Brookhaven, Columbia, Forest, Gulport Pascagoula, Hattiesburg, Laurel, McComb, Meridian, and Philadelphia.


SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
McCoy Federal Building, Suite 401
100 West Capitol Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39269
Phone 888-385-8499
Fax (601) 965-5267
The following local SSA offices send their cases to the Jackson, MS hearing office to be adjudicated:  Cleveland, Greenville, Greenwood, Jackson, Kosciusko, and Vicksburg.


SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
1150 South Green Street
Suite 3A
Tupelo, MS 38804
Phone (866) 275-9405
Fax  (662) 842-0423
This Hearing Office receives its cases from the following Social Security District Offices in MS:   Clarksdale, Columbus, Corinth, Grenada, Olive Branch, Starkville, and Tupelo. 

How Long Does it Take to Get a Decision at Hearing in MS?

The amount of time it takes to get a decision from the time you request a hearing until you receive a decision depends on many factors. The most important factor in how long it will take to get a decision in Mississippi is how many cases the Social Security hearing office that will be handling your case has pending. Other factors will include, the number of administrative law judges at that office, and if your particular hearing office is receiving help from another hearing office by use of video hearings. The numbers I am about to give you should not be looked at as an exact time-line, because these numbers change frequently as the Social Security Administration tries to balance the caseload of Social Security disability hearings around the country and as I mentioned the number of cases that have already been assigned the hearing office where your Social Security disability case is being handled. That being said, the average processing time as of August 2010 was 331 days for Hattiesburg, MS, 387 days for Jackson, MS and 391 days for Tupelo, MS. 

How to Apply for SSDI or SSI in Mississippi

If you are applying for SSI you need to make an appointment with your local Social Security District Office. You can find your local office by using the SSA web-site's local Social Security Office finder. If you are applying for Social Security Disability (SSDI) you have a few more options. You can apply on-line at the Social Security website. You can call your local office and make an appointment and they will help you apply. You can contact a Social Security disability lawyer and they can help you apply as well. For general information on how to apply for Social Security disability or SSI you can visit my page linked in this sentence.

Social Security Disability Lawyer for a Mississippi Claim

If you have a Social Security disability or SSI claim in MS you may or may not want the help of a lawyer with your claim. This is a personal decision and I am not going to tell you, as many websites would, that you need a lawyer to win your claim. That being said, if you're trying to get Social Security disability or SSI benefits chances are you are weighing the options of whether you should hire an SSDI lawyer, and if so how do you choose the right lawyer. Let me start by saying that if you do not understand what you have to prove to win your particular case and understand how to go about doing it then you should strongly consider getting a lawyer to help you.  To see how Social Security determines whether or not you are disabled, see the five step disability test Social Security uses.  Almost all lawyers charge 25% of past due benefits not to exceed $6000. This means the lawyer only gets paid if he wins your case and then it is a lesser of the two amounts. There are also many non-attorney companies and representatives out there and they get paid the same way. You can hire a lawyer for your Mississippi SSDI or SSI case at any stage of the process including application. I point this out because many lawyers and representatives do not take cases at application, and I think it is important for you to know that there are plenty of attorneys who will take your case at application, if you want the help right from the start. It is my believe, that many lawyers and representatives do not take cases at application because the fee is based on past due benefits.  I believe some lawyers feel if they win at application the amount of the fee they receive would not be enough to cover the time put into winning the case. In some situations, a lawyer can take a case at application and there may be no past due benefits and the lawyer would not be paid. In my opinion, it is more important to make sure the case is done right from the beginning which will improve the chances of success whether that be at application or later on in the process. A good Social Security disability lawyer will be able to come up with the theory of your case as to why you are disabled under Social Security's rules based on what you tell them and by looking at the medical evidence. It is also their job with your help to make sure all the helpful medical evidence is in your file, including opinion evidence from your doctors about your disabilities and how they affect you. When the attorney has enough evidence for a favorable decision they will frequently write a brief detailing why you should be found disabled. If you have to go to a hearing the nice thing about having an attorney is that if they are experienced they have handled hundreds if not thousands of hearings. This allows you the benefit of knowing the types of questions that are asked at the Social Security disability hearing and you can focus on answering the questions asked of you, without having to worry about the legal aspect of your case. A SSDI lawyer will be able to cross examine both you and any experts that may be at your hearing and then present the reasons you are disabled under Social Security's rules to the Administrative Law Judge. If you decide to go it alone, I strongly encourage you to start at the beginning of my website which is full of free Social Security disability information. If you have decided you want a lawyer to help you feel free to contact me at 1-877-527-5529 or fill out the form (linked at top of page) and I would be happy to answer any questions you have. Even if you want a local Mississippi SSDI lawyer just note that on the form, and if you would like me to help you note that on the form. If you simply have questions or want a free SSDI evaluation about your MS SSD or SSI claim you are always free to follow the link in this sentence which will e-mail me or call me and I will be happy to try and answer your questions without any pressure from me to represent you.

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