Tallahassee (Leon County) has many qualified Social Security Disability attorneys available to help individuals apply for Social Security Disability benefits. If you are a resident of Tallahassee and can no longer work due to a disability or illness, an attorney can help guide you through the process to receive the disability benefits you need.
Currently, the Tallahassee hearing office has a wait time of 426 days and a total of 3,938 pending cases. While waiting over a year for a decision on your claim might be frustrating, many Tallahassee residents find that disability payments are worth it in the end. In December 2011, Leon County was home to 7,530 individuals receiving benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and 10,863 individuals receiving benefits through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
If you are interested in learning about the two Social Security Disability programs, click here.
To begin the initial application process, you must fill out an electronic form online or you can schedule an appointment with a representative at your local Social Security office to fill out an application in person. Listed below are the offices located in your area:
2002 Old Saint Augustine Road
Tallahassee, FL 32301-4861
Consulting with a Tallahassee Social Security Disability Attorney
The Social Security Disability application process can be long and complicated. If you are feeling confused or overwhelmed it may be in your best interest to contact a disability attorney or advocate. He or she will be able to guide you through the application and increase your chances of being approved for Social Security Disability benefits.
To read about the benefits of hiring a disability attorney or advocate, click here.
A Tallahassee Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Leon County, Jefferson County, Wakulla County, Gadsden County, and Liberty County: Campbell Park, Oak Ridge, Huntington Estates, Rosehill, Woodville, Weston, Hillardville, Fanlew, Cody, Midway, Scottland, and Quincy.
For more about the legal professionals in your area, contact one of the following Bar Associations:
Florida Bar Association
651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
Florida Government Bar Association
1940 N. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Phone: (850) 717-1439
Florida Justice Association
218 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Tallahassee Disability Hearings
If you have been denied during both the initial and reconsideration stages of your application, you will need to request a hearing to be held at the Tallahassee Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). Below you will find the approval rates of the administrative law judges that hear cases in the Tallahassee ODAR:
|Carnes, Steven L.||48.45%|
|Dixon III, Andrew||46.78%|
|Heller, Joshua R.||44.60%|
|Tapia, Alisa M.||20.50%|
*Data from http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/03_ALJ_Disposition_Data.html
Lawyers are often familiar with the judges who hear cases in the local hearing offices. They can use this information to present disability cases more effectively.
As you may have experienced during the initial application, the Social Security Disability application process may take a very long time. If you are undergoing significant financial or medical distress, you may want to contact your local congressperson to request that they intervene with the ODAR to expedite your disability appeal.
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