Augusta is Georgia’s second-largest city with roughly 200,000 residents. According to the most recent census data, about 13% of those under age 65 and living in Richmond County are disabled.
For Georgians seeking disability benefits, the Augusta Social Security field office is a vital resource.
This office can help when you’re applying for disability benefits or seeking other services related to Social Security.
Here’s a brief breakdown of the programs you can apply for at this location:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): SSDI is an earned benefit. You can acquire up to four work credits, or quarters, per year by paying into Social Security when you work. You must earn a certain amount of total credits to qualify.
According to the SSA, to qualify for SSDI: “Generally, you need 40 credits, 20 of which were earned in the last 10 years, ending with the year you become disabled.”
Supplemental Security Income (SSI): SSI is a means-tested program for people 65 or older, or blind or disabled at any age, and who have limited income and resources. Typically, you must not exceed a monthly income considered Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA).
The same factors are used for both programs in determining your level of physical or mental disability and ability to work. Speak with an attorney to learn more about how the SSA determines disability.
While normally you may be able to visit the Augusta Social Security office in person, there may currently be restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The office may be closed. Call ahead to determine what restrictions are currently in place and, if in-person appointments are available, what you should do to prepare for a safe visit.
Social Security Office in Augusta, Georgia Information
This office is located behind the Best Buy store on Walton Way Extension, near the I-20 highway. Here’s what you should know about this office.
Augusta Social Security office contact information:
115 Robt C Daniel Pkwy
Augusta, GA, 30909
Telephone: (877) 616-2523
Monday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Services Offered by Your Augusta Social Security Office
There is currently one field office in Augusta. When the office reopens for in-person visits for disability benefits applicants, you should call ahead for an appointment. Walk-in visits can lead to lengthy wait times.
There may also be restrictions such as wearing face masks, meeting certain criteria to prove you are not contagious with COVID-19, and who can be present with you when you enter the building.
If offices are not open, you may need to conduct a telephone interview or apply online.
Services offered at this office location include:
- disability benefits
- requesting a new Social Security card
- seeking survivor benefits
- filing for Medicare
- seeking other services related to Social Security
During your telephone or in-person interview, you should have the following available:
- Birth certificate or other proof of birth
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status if you were not born in the United States
- U.S. military discharge paper(s) if you had military service before 1968
- W-2 forms(s) and/or self-employment tax returns for last year
- More details about your illnesses, injuries or conditions, and your work history
- Medical evidence already in your possession. This includes medical records, doctors' reports, and recent test results
- Award letters, pay stubs, settlement agreements or other proof of any temporary or permanent workers' compensation-type benefits you received
Online Social Security Disability Filing
Your Augusta Social Security office is able and willing to help with your case. However, they also suggest that before calling, you consider applying online. This option is a convenient and secure way to apply for your benefits using the SSA’s official online portal.
The SSA website offers a convenient online application, as well as many tools and options such as the ability to:
- Review your application and manage current benefits.
- Apply for disability, retirement, Medicare, or appeal a decision.
- Manage your personal information.
- Set up or change direct deposit for benefits.
- Print proof of your benefits, or your 1099 form.
- Find help and answers on a variety of topics.
You can also contact an SSA representative via telephone toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
When to Call a Social Security Attorney
Representatives at the Augusta office will be happy to help explain the process of your disability claim. However, consulting an attorney at the right time can maximize your chance of a favorable outcome in your case.
A qualified disability attorney will have an expert knowledge and intuition about navigating the SSA’s expectations and the criteria they use to evaluate your eligibility for benefits. They can advocate on your behalf with the SSA, ensure you have all the necessary medical evidence, and prepare you for next steps.
The process can be lengthy and can involve multiple denials and levels of appeal. An attorney can guide you through the appeals process and represent you during any hearings you might have, including making arguments and presenting evidence on your behalf.
Typically, you don’t pay an attorney’s fee up front for Social Security cases. Instead, your attorney will collect a percentage of your initial backpay if you win your case. This amount is federally restricted to ensure you have access to the legal representation you deserve.
If your Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income claim has been denied, or you’re thinking about filing and don’t know where to start, Affleck and Gordon can help. We’ve been helping people in Georgia just like you for over 40 years. Sign up for a free case evaluation here, or call us (404) 795-7227