Making the choice to apply for disability can be a difficult one, especially when medical issues give you no choice.
Fortunately, you are not alone — of the 2.5 million Floridians that experience some form of disability, tens of thousands require assistance from Social Security disability benefits.
Because Florida has a larger number of applicants than the national average, it’s approval rate is slightly lower across the board.
To give yourself an edge during and after your application, continue below to learn more about your local Social Security offices.
Orlando, FL Social Security Office
Address: 5520 Gatlin Ave #102, Orlando, FL 32812
Phone: (866) 964-6146
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
Directions to the Orlando SSA Office:
By car: The Orlando SSA office is located southeast of downtown Orlando. The closest freeway to this office is FL-408 — after taking exit 14 towards Andes Ave/FL-436/South Semoran Boulevard, continue onto South Semoran Boulevard and make a right onto Gatlin Ave to arrive at the SSA office on your left.
By public transit: The 06 bus towards Dixie Belle Drive and Gatlin Ave Transfer Center takes you directly to this office as well. Take the 06 until stop “Gatlin Ave and Dixie Bell Drive” and walk across the street to the office.
Orlando ODAR Office
Sometimes applicants whose initial claims were denied choose to get a review of their case. If this review does not result in approval, they can have their cases appealed in front of an administrative law judge, or ALJ.
These hearings are held at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
Address: 3505 Lake Lynda Drive Suite 300, Orlando, FL 32817
Phone: (877) 833-2730
List of Orlando’s 13 Presiding ALJs:
- Judge Michael Calabro
- Judge Kevin J. Detherage
- Judge Kathleen H. Eiler
- Judge Eric S. Fulcher
- Judge Pamela Houston
- Judge Barry C. LaBoda
- Judge Bruce Landrum
- Judge Janet Mahon
- Judge Maria T. Mandry
- Judge E. Rodriguez-Quillichini
- Judge Emily R. Statum
- Judge Pedro Tejada-Rivera
- Judge Douglas A. Walker
Average Hearing Wait Time: 19.00 months
Average Processing Time: 601 days
Average Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ: 2.17
Senator and Congressional Information for Orlando
In most cases, disability applications take a long period of months before applicants receive a decision. During this time, it can help to stay vigilant and get updates on your application status to try and expedite your case decision.
There are multiple ways to do this, such as contacting your local congress or senators’ offices or by consulting with a disability attorney.Congressional Representatives:
Address: 6900 Lake Nona Blvd, Suites #101A & #101B, Orlando, FL 32827
Phone: (407) 266-7161
Address: 2295 S Hiawassee Rd Suite 301, Orlando, FL 32835
Phone: (321) 388-9808
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
Disability attorneys can do much more than help expedite your application. Their legal experience is invaluable during the entire application process and can help give you the best chance at winning your case.
If necessary, they can also represent you in court at your local ODAR and will fight on your behalf to get you the benefits you deserve.
Better yet, disability attorneys are required to only take payment if you win your case, eliminating the risk of paying upfront.
For your best chance at getting disability benefits, consider a free consultation with a disability attorney today.