Social Security Disability in Montana: Apply, Lawyers, and Information.

Social Security Disability laws are federal but this page will cover some unique things about SSDI and SSI in Montana.  In particular Iwill cover lawyers, how to apply, the hearing offices or ODARs fo MT and some interesting statistics.

I will explain the application process in MT, give the address of the hearing offices in this state, and I will tell you the statistics for winning in this state.  I also provide a link to help you find a local MT lawyer or our firm for your Social Security Disability claim.

Applying for SSDI and SSI is simple but requires some paper work.  To apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you should call 1800-772-1213 and make an appointment at your local SSA office.  The towns were you can find these field offices are located below each ODAR address.  If you are applying for Social Security Disability (SSDI) you can get a lawyer to help you (some lawyers do not take cases at application).  You can also apply on-line at the SSA website.  Lastly, you can call the 800 number above and make an appointment at the local office.

Here are some statistics that I think most people would be interested in.
The percentage of cases that were denied at application in MT for the year 2006 was 63.5% and the percentage of cases that won was 36.5%.
The percentage of cases that were denied at reconsideration in MT for the year 2006 was 85.2% and the percentage of cases that won was 14.8%.
As you can see the number of cases that were approved was much greater at application than at reconsideration but the overall winning percentage of claims is low.  One reason I believe the reconsideration cases have a higher denial rate is because it seems like it has become like a rubber stamp for the earlier decision.  Another thing you may want to know is about how long it takes to get a decision.  It normally takes anywhere from 3-6 months to get a decision at each of theses stages.  If you do not win at one of these stages than you should request a hearing which can take considerably longer to get a decision.  I have provided the processing time for each of the hearing offices below.

Whether you decide to get a lawyer or representative is a personal choice.  Look at my page that describes how SSA dtermines if you are disabled.  If you feel you have a handle of your case and what you need to prove it then you may not need an attorney.  However, if you decide you are not quite sure about the rules and what you have to prove for your particular case then feel free to click on the link I provided to help you find a lawyer.  For your information most lawyers charge 25% of past due benefits not to exceed $5,300.  They only get paid if you win and get the lesser of the two amounts.

Find a Lawyer for SSDI in MT.

Hearing or ODAR address, location of local SSA offices and how long it takes.

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
2900 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 500
Billings, Montana 59101-1266

Telephone:(406) 247-7550
 Fax:(406) 247-7555

So how long does it take?
The average processing time at this hearing office for the year 2007 was 397 days.

The following local SSA offices send their cases to the above ODAR for a hearing:
   Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Miles City, Missoula, Wolf Point

I have provided you with some information on SSDI and SSI in MT but if you want to know how to win your claim you should make sure to read the rest of this site.  You will find out about applications, what happens at the hearing, advice for specific medical conditions, helpful tips for your claim for benefits and much more.  Good luck.

We have attempted to provide up to date and accurate information, however the information in this site is not guaranteed.  No attorney client relationship exist.  The information in this site is not a substitute for consultation with a qualified attorney.
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This page provides information on Social Security Disability in Montana and should be helpful in answering many of your questions.