Florida Disability Claim Advocates

Guidelines for Social Security Disability Claims in Florida

Florida Disability Claim Advocates: The state of Florida is home to over 11 million people, with more entering the state every day. Many who are older or disabled come to the state because it has a lot to offer. That is why it should not come as a surprise to use the well over 450,000 of those who live in Florida are also collecting social security disability benefits. If you feel that you qualify, it is important to understand the SSA guidelines to receive disability and to meet any income or work requirements that would get you in the system.

Thousands of applications for permanent or long-term disability are filed in the state of Florida every year. Well over half are rejected by the Social Security Administration. If you find that you are in such a situation, how can you improve your odds of receiving disability? Is a rejection the end of the line and if not, how can you turn that no into a yes?

First of all, we discussed that it is not out of the ordinary for someone who is applying for social security to be rejected. That is only the first step in the process. At that point, you need to regather your information, make sure of the details and file a Request for Reconsideration. It may be necessary at that point to have a hearing before a judge.

The majority of those who are currently receiving Social Security disability benefits in Florida have appeared before an administrative law judge. That fact should give you some hope if you have already received an initial rejection. The problem is, this is not a process that typically moves along smoothly or quickly. It may take anywhere from 1-2 years before you even get your hearing. After you appear before a judge, you can expect to wait up to 90 days longer to get a decision.

The agency that is responsible for managing those hearings is the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). There are 9 ODAR offices located in Florida in the following cities:

  • Fort Lauderdale
    Fort Myers
    Jacksonville
    Miami
    Mobile, Alabama
    Orlando
    St. Petersburg
    Tallahassee
    Tampa

The office you choose will depend on where you currently reside. Each of these offices may have different time frames as to when the disability hearing will be scheduled. These times range from under a year to almost 700 days, as is the case with Tampa, Florida. It can be a frustrating process, especially as you are waiting to see if you and your family will be cared for under this process.

There are times when you are not able to wait the full 2 years to get your appeal and decision. At other times, you might just not want to wait that long. Fortunately, you are not without choices. You can hire an attorney that will help to streamline the process.

A SSA disability advocate in Florida works along with you and the information you provide to improve your chances of getting a speedy, positive outcome to your case. They typically work on a contingency, receiving a percentage of what is awarded by the SSA. It is well worth considering for your peace of mind and to increase your odds of winning the case.

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