Residents of St. Petersburg (Pinellas County) have access to many qualified Social Security Disability attorneys that can help them navigate the Social Security Disability application process. If you are unable to work due to a disabling condition or illness, you should speak with an attorney to begin the application process today.
Currently the St. Petersburg Hearing Office has a total of 7,606 pending cases and a wait time of 415 days. Although 415 days may seem like a long time to wait for approval, many St. Petersburg residents find that disability benefits are worth waiting for. In December 2011, Pinellas County was home to 35,775 SSDI beneficiaries and 39,670 SSI beneficiaries.
To learn more about which Social Security Disability program you might qualify, click here.
To begin the Social Security Disability application process, St. Petersburg residents should fill out an electronic application online or, if preferred, they can fill out a hard copy in person. Remember, to apply in person, it is best to make an appointment with your local SSA office in advance. Listed below, you will find an office closest to you:
5540 SR 64 East
Bradenton, Florida 34208
Consulting with a St. Petersburg Social Security Disability Attorney
It may be in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced St. Petersburg attorney or advocate—especially if you are feeling overwhelmed or confused in any way. An attorney will offer professional advice and relieve some of the stress and pressure that often accompanies the application process. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of hiring a Social Security Disability attorney, see this page.
A St. Petersburg Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Pinellas County, Pasco County, Hillsborough County, and Manatee County: Tampa, Gulfport, Pinellas Park, Treasure Island, Largo, Bay Pines, Clearwater, Seminole, Bradenton, Sarasota, Largo, Dunedin, Brandon, Palm Harbor, and Town 'N' Country.
For more information on the legal professionals in St. Petersburg, contact one of the following Bar Associations:
Pinellas County Mid-Co Bar Association
1259 Myrtle Ave. S.
Clearwater, FL 33756
Clearwater Bar Association
314 S. Missouri Ave,
Clearwater, FL 33756
St. Petersburg Bar Association
2880 1st Ave, N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713-8604
St. Petersburg Disability Hearings
If you have been denied at the initial and reconsideration stages of the application process, you will need to request a hearing to be held at the St. Petersburg Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
Below you will find a list of the approval rates for the administrative law judges who hear cases in the St. Petersburg Hearing Office:
|Alderisio, James P.||51.64%|
|Dent, Joseph F.||28.93%|
|Gartner, Richard P.||52.44%|
|Greene, Laurel J.||71.61%|
|Hubler III, Lloyd E.||36.36%|
|McNamee-Alemany, John D.||59.66%|
|Miller, Scott T.||64.69%|
|Smith, Donald G.||45.07%|
|Sprague, Anne V.||40.47%|
|Torres, Elving L.||34.36%|
|Zamboni, Norman R.||59.20%|
*Data from http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/03_ALJ_Disposition_Data.html
It is common for St. Petersburg disability lawyers to know the administrative law judges who hear cases in the St. Petersburg office. A professional will use this insight to present your case in the most effective manner possible.
As with the initial stage of the application process, scheduling a hearing can take a long time. If you find that medical or financial trouble has made it impossible for you to wait for your hearing, you can contact your congressperson to request that he or she intervene with the ODAR to reschedule your hearing sooner.
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