There are roughly 11 million residents in Florida. About 460,000 of these residents receive some sort of disability social security. To receive this type of assistance, a person must meet the guidelines for disability as well as the work or income requirements.
Every year, thousands of new applicants will apply. Unfortunately, about 65% of the applicants will be rejected. And a majority of these applicants are also rejected an appeal aka request for reconsideration. That is why it is imperative an applicant has all their ducks in a row before applying. Application is the most important step in seeking disability.
The hearings are conducted at different places, depending on where you live in Florida. The office that conducts your initial hearing is called the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). Here is a list of where these offices are:
- Ft. Lauderdale
- Ft. Meyers
- Mobile, Alabama (handles Pensacola and Ft. Walton)
- ST. Petersburg
The importance of getting the application cannot be overstated enough. The review process can take over a year, and if the application isn’t in order, it can take much longer than that. Hiring a professional to help you put the application together increases your chances at qualifying for social security disability.
Hiring an attorney for these matter is not cost-prohibitive. The attorney will work within the budget and you should understand that the entire goal is getting you qualified for disability so that you can manage your living expenses.