To apply for SSDI or SSI in UT you can call 1-800-772-1213 and make an appointment at your local SSA office. If
you are applying for SSDI you have a few more options. You can apply on-line at the SSA website
. You can also contact a lawyer to help you apply. If you are looking for more information on the application
process see my page called "application
The denial rate at application for the year 2006 in Utah was 64.7%. At reconsideration
it was 88.4%.
I am frequently asked how long it takes to get a decision. At application and reconsideration
it usually takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months for each stage and sometimes longer. SSA has been eliminating the
reconsideration stage in many states and soon will eliminate it in every state.
At the hearing stage it is
quite a bit longer. The average processing time of a case at the Salt Lake City ODAR office is 418 days.
you will find the address of the ODAR that hears cases in UT. The location of the local SSA offices are listed below
the ODAR address.
If you are trying to get Social Security disability benefits in Utah one important decision you will make is whether
or not you decide to hire a lawyer to help you with your claim. When making this decision you should weigh the importance
of a lawyer in your case against the cost of hiring a lawyer. Lawyers charge 25% of past due benefits not to exceed $6000.
This means the lawyer only get paid if you wind your case and it is the lesser of the two amounts. The advantage of having
a lawyer for your UT SSD claim is that they know the laws and the evidence needed to win your particular case. They are also
used to handling hearings which can be very difficult for a claimant to do on their own since they probably have no experience
in this area. These hearings may call for cross-examining of medical and vocational experts in some cases. In all hearings
the lawyer's job is to make sure all the proper questions are asked of the claimant and to present the theory of the case
as to why the claim is disabled under SSA rules. If you decide you do not want an attorney for your Social Security disability
claim then you should make sure to become as knowledgeable as you can about the laws and evidence that are important to your
Hearing Office Address and Location of SSA Local Offices For Utah.
SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication
South State Street, Suite 3102
Salt Lake City, Utah 84138
Services the following Social Security
Cedar City, Murray, Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, St. George