Too many of America’s millions of disability applicants are deemed ineligible for benefits simply because they don’t understand the Social Security system. Maintaining an up-to-date working knowledge of Social Security is vital when you apply for disability benefits.
One of the easiest ways to start is by learning about your local Social Security offices and who can help you along the way.
Jacksonville’s Social Security Office
While Jacksonville contains multiple SSA offices, the following is the most centrally located and highly recommended:
Address: 7185 Bonneval Rd #1, Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone: (877) 409-8424
MON: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
TUES: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
WED: 09:00 AM—12:00 PM
THUR: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
FRI: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
SAT & SUN: CLOSED
By car: Jacksonville’s SSA office is located directly off of three major highways. From both directions, you can take the I-95 exit onto the FL-202/J. Turner Butler Blvd, then turn left onto Bonneval Rd where the office will be located on your right. The US-1 S can also be used depending on your starting location.
By public transit: For those traveling from the north, the 27 bus towards Avenues Mall drops patrons directly in front of the SSA office on stop Bonneval Rd. & Financial Way. For those traveling from the south or east, the 23 towards Southside/Avenue Mall and the 27 towards Downtown Jacksonville can be used.
Jacksonville’s ODAR Office
About 1 in 4 Florida residents receives disability benefits after their first application. For the other 75% of applicants, filing an appeal is an option to try and overturn their case decision. Appeals are reviewed in an Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) by an administrative law judge, or ALJ.
While there are multiple ODARs throughout the state of Florida, Jacksonville’s ODAR information is as follows:
Address: 8880 Freedom Crossing Trail #400, Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone: (886) 931-0214
List of Jacksonville ALJs:
- Judge K. Barlow
- Judge Stephen C. Calvarese
- Judge Yelanda Collins
- Judge Robert Droker
- Judge Kelley Fitzgerald
- Judge Gregory J. Froehlich
- Judge William H. Greer
- Judge M. Hart
- Judge Guy Koster
- Judge Teresa J. McGarry
- Judge John M. Meisburg Jr.
- Judge Bernard Porter
- Judge Susan Poulos
- Judge Ken B. Terry
- Judge John D. Thompson Jr.
Average Hearing Wait Time: 19.00 months
Average Processing Time: 637 days
Average Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ: 1.86
Jacksonville’s Senator and Congress Office Info
Contacting your congress or senators’ offices can be a useful method of expediting your disability claim through a congressional inquiry. While it doesn’t increase your chances for approval, it does potentially send your results through faster than the traditional long waiting period.
Other methods, such as contacting a disability attorney, can also expedite this process.Congressional Representatives:
Address: 4130 Salisbury Road Suite 2500, Jacksonville, FL 32216
Phone: (904) 831-5205
Address: 225 East Robinson St. Suite 410, Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 872-7161
Address: 201 South Orange Ave. Suite 350, Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 254-2573
Contacting a Disability Attorney
If your disability application process is leaving you stressed and full of questions, then it may be best to consider professional legal assistance from a disability attorney. Disability attorneys work on contingency, meaning they only receive payment if you when your case.
Even then, their payment is scaled in proportion to the amount of benefits you receive.
For help filing paperwork, updating the SSA, and fighting for the benefits you deserve, consider a free consultation with a Jacksonville disability attorney today.