Honolulu is the both the most populous city in Hawaii as well as the capital of the state. In its native language, Honolulu means ‘place of shelter’ or ‘sheltered bay’. This city is the primary financial center of the Pacific Ocean islands. It was designated to be the capital of Hawaii in 1845. It became notable in political history recently for being the birthplace of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.
As of December 2010, 22,686 citizens of the state of Hawaii were reported to have been given Social Security Disability benefits according to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
A Honolulu disability applicant may apply for either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. For both types of benefits, the medical condition of the person should be included in the definition of disability of the SSA and expected to keep the individual out of work for a year. In order to receive SSDI, you must have worked at a job during which you paid FICA taxes for 5 out of the last 10 years. Your work history will not be considered if you are applying for SSI. Instead, your net worth must be less than $2, 000.
Apply for Honolulu Social Security Disability Benefits
An application for Honolulu Social Security Disability benefits is something that needs your full attention and requires a lot of work. The SSA rejects more than 60% of initial applications. Getting professional help can increase your chances of having your disability claim approved. There are a few things that can make your application run smoothly. That is making sure that all your papers are properly submitted and filed and that you have the correct medical documents. A Honolulu Social Security Disability Attorney will be able to assist you in all stages of the disability application process.
If you have received a rejection letter, you are left with only 60 days to file a request for reconsideration. If you have yet to hiring a Honolulu disability attorney, you should strongly consider hiring one. Reconsideration requests have a 90% rejection rate but there at the disability hearing level more than 60% of claims are approved. Your attorney will prepare you for the hearing and plead your case in front of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Statistics have shown that you have a greater chance of being approved for disability benefits if you have legal representation.
Listed below is the local Social Security office in Honolulu where an applicant can file a claim for disability benefits.
Honolulu Social Security Disability
Rm 1-114 Fed Bldg
300 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96850
Honolulu Social Security Disability Resources
If you have not been able to work for a considerable amount of time, then you may have problems paying for a doctor’s diagnosis and getting the necessary medical documents to prove your disability. Here are clinics and health centers with free or discounted services in the Honolulu area:
Bay Clinic, Inc.
224 Haili St
Hilo, HI 96720
Community Links Hawaii
1003 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Ho Ola Lahui Hawaii
PO Box 3990
Lihue, HI 96766
Your Honolulu Disability Claim
Hiring a Honolulu disability attorney is also not as expensive as many think it is. Your initial consultation with your lawyer will be free of charge. Social Security Attorneys work on a contingency basis and are not paid unless you are awarded benefits. If your claim is approved, your attorney will receive either 25% of your back pay or $6, 000, whichever is less. For more in depth information on how to get a disability attorney and for a free evaluation of your case, click here.