Social Security in Florida
Information on Your Social Security Disability Benefits
You may be eligible to collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits if you have an illness or injury that makes you unable to work. However, in order to qualify you must have been employed for a qualifying number of years at a job that paid into the Social Security system. Unlike workers' compensation benefits in which you must have sustained an on-the-job injury, Social Security benefits are available to an individual who has an injury or illness, regardless of cause, that will prevent them from being able to work for a minimum of 12 months.
If you need to file a claim for Social Security benefits or if you have been denied a claim already filed, a knowledgeable personal injury attorney from our firm can give you the assistance you need to navigate the complicated and often confusing Social Security System.
Reasons for Denied Social Security Claims
It is not uncommon to have your initial claim for Social Security Disability benefits denied. The process to receive SSDI benefits can include up to four levels of adjudication, those being:
- The initial determination which is made following your initial filing of your claim.
- The reconsider determination will occur if your claim is denied in the initial determination.
- If your claim is still denied you have a right to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
- The final part of the process is an Appeals Council Review.
Before getting to the portion of the process where you are allowed to have a live hearing and present evidence on your behalf, it's important to have a proven and trusted Tampa injury lawyer from our firm to represent you in order to insure your best chances for the positive outcome you are seeking. As 60% of claims are denied, it is important that you get legal help that can take action for you.