Applying For Social Security Disability

A person that is disabled in Colorado should apply for Social Security Disability as soon as they feel that they will no longer be able to work at any job for at least 12 months. You can call Social Security at the national number 866-701-7302 and set up an appointment for an in-person interview or a phone interview, or you can complete the application online at their website, Make sure to provide the Colorado Social Security office with the names and addresses of all the doctors you have been seeing and with any other information that could assist them in deciding your case. It is very important to attend any doctor’s appointment that Social Security sets up. Currently, in Denver, it takes about 4-6 months for an initial decision to be made.

If the initial decision is unfavorable, you have 65 days from the date on the decision to file an appeal. Do not get discouraged if you receive a denial at the initial level, this is a good time to seek an attorney. Whether you have an attorney or not though make sure to file your appeal within the time limit, you can add an attorney at any time. After the appeal is filed, the next step is to gather evidence and prepare for a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. Currently, the Denver hearings office is backlogged and it has been taking 14-18 months to get a hearing date scheduled.

The Sawaya Law Firm is Denver’s personal injury law firm. With over 40 years of experience and a compassionate team prepared to listen to your story, The Sawaya Law Firm is here to help. Contact us anytime.


Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.