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|New Hampshire Disability Claims
For New Hampshire residents, a disability or SSI claim can be a two stage process. The Law Office of Gordon Gates can help you at each stage of this process. My New Hampshire office is located at 83 Hanover Street in downtown Manchester, just across the street from the Palace Theatre.
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The first stage is the review of your initial application. The Social Security Administration sends your case to a state agency in Concord - Disability Determination Services - to gather additional information and to make an initial determination on your claim. The initial determination is usually made within three or four months.
If your claim is denied, then you must request a hearing by an Administrative Law Judge within 60 days.
The administrative hearings are usually conducted at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Manchester, New Hampshire. The hearings are either held in person or by videoconference. At the hearing, the judge will review the medical evidence, hear your testimony, and may take testimony from a medical or vocational expert witness. The judge will often ask your representative to make an opening statement, which will describe the factors supporting your disability claim.
Additionally, it is my practice to prepare a hearing brief for the judge. The hearing brief sets forth the background facts of your claim, describes the medical evidence, and gives a "theory of the case" telling the judge why your claim should be granted under the Social Security disability evaluation process.
There are seven judges permanently assigned to the Manchester, New Hampshire ODAR: Judge Debra Boudreau, Chief Judge James D'Alessandro, Judge Edward Hoban, Judge Ruth Kleinfeld, Judge Paul Martin, Judge Thomas Merrill and Judge Dory Sutker.
If you are a New Hampshire resident, it is very important to select a Social Security disability lawyer who is familiar with the New Hampshire judges, because one of them will decide your disability claim.
We serve clients with Social Security and SSI claims throughout the state of New Hampshire. For help with your New Hampshire disability or SSI claim, please contact Gordon Gates today.