Albuquerque Social Security Disability Attorney

Disability Lawyer in Albuquerque

The Federal Social Security Disability Act refers to the inability to engage in substantial and gainful activity, owing to medically determined reasons or mental impairment. This disability is severe enough to keep the individual from working for more than 12 months.

Whilst it is not mandatory to have a social security disability lawyer or advocate handle your case, it would be wise to hire an attorney or advocate specialized in social security disability law. Not only will it ease your pressure at a time when you are not in the best of health, but it will also ensure that all the details of the case are carefully handled, thereby negating any chance of a denial. (Click here for a FREE assessment of your case.)

The factors based on which social security disability (SSD) is determined are:

  • Medical records indicating physical or mental impairment.
  • Time factor – The impairment must have lasted or be projected to last for at least 12 months.
  • Monthly earnings – The disability must be severe enough to prevent the individual from taking up gainful employment. If he is able to work, then the monthly income should be below $830.

The Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) both provide disability benefits. The SSDI requires individuals to have worked for a stipulated amount of time under Social Security and it does not pay benefits until six months of the onset of the disability.

Unlike the SSDI, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays benefits either a month after you have filed the claim or from the day you became eligible for SSI. To apply for SSI, you need to be an American or belong to an approved foreign category, with limited income and resources.

Our sponsoring Albuquerque social security disability lawyers are well qualified, experienced and highly reputed. They understand the pain and frustration of their clients.  Your Albuquerque social security disability lawyer will ensure that all the legal details are covered and that all the medical and financial papers are in order, before the claims representative examines them. It is extremely important to file a claim as soon as the disability sets in. If your claim has been rejected the attorneys or advocates will file an appeal.

Our Albuquerque social security disability lawyers offer their services to residents of Hobbs, Clovis, South Valley, Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington and other cities of New Mexico.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in Albuquerque is provided to claimants who are determined disabled by the Social Security Administration due to a mental or physical health condition which is so severe it is expected to last 12 continuous months and does not allow the claimant to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA).

SSDI is financed through Social Security employment taxes paid by employers and employees. Albuquerque SSDI benefits are only paid to claimants who have worked and paid enough taxes to be considered “insured” by the Social Security Administration. Most full-time Albuquerque workers can earn 4 work credits per year, and the amount of work credits needed to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance can vary based on the claimant’s age at the time they become disabled.

Social Security Disability Insurance in Albuquerque may also be available for widows, widowers, or dependents of a wage earner who is deceased, retired or disabled and is receiving or has received SSDI benefits.

What if a claimant has not worked or paid taxes and is not “insured”? If a claimant is not considered insured by the Social Security Administration but is determined to be disabled, aged (65 years or older) or blind, they may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if they have very limited income and resources. SSI in Albuquerque is paid to claimants to help them meet their minimum monthly expenses.

To apply for Social Security Disability Benefits in Albuquerque or the surrounding cities including: Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Taos, Grants, or Los Lunas, claimants can:

  • Call the Social Security Administration’s Office at 1-800-772-1213
  • Visit them online at
  • Make an appointment to meet with an Albuquerque Social Security Administration Office representative. To locate the nearest office in your area go to the website and find the office locator page. Enter your zip code and the nearest Social Security Regional Office in your area will be listed.

Your completed Social Security Disability application will be sent to the appropriate Social Security Administration Office for processing.

If a claimant’s application is denied the claimant has 60 days to file their appeal. There are several steps in the appeal process, but if the claimant is at the hearing level the hearings are scheduled and managed through the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review for the Dallas Region which services residents in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Social Security Administration
Dallas Office of Adjudication and Review (ODAR)
Suite 460
1301 Young Street
Dallas, Texas 75202-5433

Telephone: (214) 767-9401
Fax: (214) 767-9407

Albuquerque Office of Adjudication and Review (ODAR)

Each request for a hearing is processed by one of the Social Security Administration’s 16 hearing offices and 1 satellite office in the Dallas Region. The address and phone number for the Albuquerque ODAR office is listed below.

Social Security Administration
Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
555 Broadway, NE
Suite 200
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

Telephone: (866) 731- 3998
Fax: (505) 346- 7862

The Albuquerque Office of Adjudication and Review services the following Social Security Administration Field Offices in New Mexico: Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Clovis, Farmington, Gallup, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Rio Rancho, Roswell and Santa Fe. It also services El Paso, Texas, and El Paso-downtown.

Completed Social Security Disability Benefits applications are sent to the appropriate Division of Disability Determination Service Office (DDS). It may take up to 90 days to receive an answer of whether or not you have been approved for Social Security Disability benefits.

Disability Determination Services
3415 Candelaria Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM
Telephone: (505) 841- 5600

Mailing Address:

Disability Determination Services
P.O. Box 4588
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87196
Telephone: 505-841-5600

According to the Social Security Administration, the SSA field offices in New Mexico perform a full range of services. Claimants may apply for SSDI or SSI, replace their Social Security cards, make changes to their benefits information or the SSA will help Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and resources apply for extra help with the cost of their prescription drugs under the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program.

Social Security Administration
4300 Cutler NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Telephone: 1-800-772-1213

Social Security Administration
2302 W Pierce
Suite D
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Telephone: 1-800-772-1213

Social Security Administration
1208 Arcineiga Dr
Clovis, NM 88101
Telephone: 1-866-931-99445

Social Security Administration
4650 N Butler
Farmington, NM 87401
Telephone: 1-866-931-7656

Social Security Administration
2070 East Aztec Ave
Gallup, NM 87301
Telephone: 1-505-722-7749

Social Security Administration
501 East Bender Blvd
Hobbs, NM 88240
Telephone: 1-575-393-7357

Social Security Administration
2141 Summit Court
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Telephone: 1-866-563-9294

Social Security Administration
2520 Ridge Runner Rd
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Telephone: 1-505-425-3517

Social Security Administration
500 N Richardson
Rm 122
Roswell, NM 88201
Telephone: 1-866-563-9470

Social Security Administration
1922 5th Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Telephone: 1-866-571-8130

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