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About Social Security Disability Benefits in Florida
Being unable to work because of a disability is an extremely stressful situation. Applying for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration can also be a challenging process. The award of monthly disability benefits is based upon a complex set of medical and vocational standards outlined by the Social Security Administration. In many cases, you will also be entitled to back pay benefits accruing from the date of onset of your disability.
There are two types of programs available for persons who have a disability:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSDI allows a claimant to file for disability based on having sufficient earned credits of work history. SSI is solely based upon need and available to persons who may not have a sufficient work history. The monthly income for SSI is much more limited.
Choosing the Right St. Petersburg Social Security Disability Lawyer to Represent Your Case
At Golden Key Law Group, we have an experienced staff and attorneys handling your Social Security Disability claims. Our attorneys will personally meet with you and thoroughly discuss and assess your case. We actively work with you from the start of your case until your case is concluded. Our Social Security staff are well versed in obtaining the medical and vocational evidence necessary to support a favorable outcome on your behalf. We have handled numerous Social Security Disability cases and understand how to navigate through this process. We are experienced in trying your case and cross-examining vocational experts. Our expertise in Social Security disability allows our clients to have a significant edge resulting in a higher percentage of favorable decisions.
Whether you have just been denied or are just starting the process, our office is here to help you. The process can be very time-consuming. Your case can take up to a year and longer to be heard by an administrative judge. Often, persons are initially denied and must apply to the next level which is the reconsideration level. Many persons just give up. You stand to obtain a much better outcome at the administrative level which is the next level after reconsideration. It is this level that allows you and your attorney the opportunity to be heard by an administrative judge.
During the Social Security Administration hearing, an independent vocational expert will be present and provide vocational evidence regarding your ability to work. Our attorney will be at your hearing with you. Depending on your case, you will also have the opportunity to bring a witness. Most judges allow the attorney to present an opening, ask questions to you and your witness and cross-examine the vocational expert. The hearing is usually about 30 minutes and therefore it is very important to present your case thoroughly and clearly. If the judge finds you disabled, the judge will issue in writing a favorable outcome and outline the factors supporting his opinion. You can usually expect his written opinion within a few weeks following the hearing. No attorney fees or expenses are charged to the client unless you receive a favorable outcome.