Tallahassee Social Security Disability Resources

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits in Tallahassee, FL requires you to submit both medical and non-medical proof of your eligibility. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will review your work history, income, education and age to make a determination on whether you meet the non-medical requirements for receiving SSD benefits.

Once the SSA has reviewed your application, your case file will be forwarded to the Division of Disability Determination (DDD) through the Florida Department of Health for a thorough medical review. The Florida DDD uses the information received from your treating physician to determine if your injury is severe enough to keep you out of the workforce for the required twelve-month period. If there is sufficient evidence in your medical file to substantiate your claim, the DDD will notify the SSA of your eligibility. If there is not sufficient evidence in your medical file to back your claim, your claim can be denied altogether.

Only about a quarter of the initial Social Security Disability claims in Florida are awarded. Denied claims may be appealed and sent back to the DDD to be reconsidered. Claims that are denied a second time can be brought before an administrative law judge (ALJ) at hearing who then reviews and makes determinations on Tallahassee Social Security Disability benefits cases. The award rate at the hearing level for claims for Social Security Disability in Tallahassee is 50%.

Tallahassee Health Resources

Your Tallahassee Social Security Disability case hinges on the information found in your medical records. So it is important that you are receiving regular medical treatment for your disability. If you are not under the care of a licensed medical professional and you are unable to afford medical attention, you can take advantage of reduced-cost and free health care facilities in the Tallahassee area.

Bond Community Health Center, Inc.
710 West Orange Avenue
Tallahassee, FL, 3231
(850) 576-4073

North Florida Medical Centers
535 John Knox Rd.
Tallahassee, FL - 32303
(850) 385-4494

Neighborhood Health Services
438 W Brevard Street Room 11
Tallahassee, FL - 32301
(850) 224-2469

Apalachee Center Inc.
2634J Capital Cir. N.E.
Tallahassee, FL - 32308
(850) 523-3213

Tallahassee Area Mental Health Resources

Your mental health is as important as your physical health. If you are suffering from a mental illness that prevents you from being gainfully employed, you may qualify for Social Security Disability in Tallahassee. There are mental health resources available in the Tallahassee area to assist you.

Apalachee Center Inc.
2634J Capital Cir. N.E.
Tallahassee, FL - 32308
(850) 523-3213

TMH Behavioral Health Center
1616 Physicians Drive
Tallahassee , FL 32308
(850) 431-5100

Tallahassee Community College Mental Health Services
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
(850) 201-6200

Tallahassee Supplemental Social Security Benefits

If you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you will automatically qualify for Medicaid in the state of Florida. The Federal Social Security Disability benefit for an independent individual is $783 and $1,175 for a couple. Contact the Region 4 social security administration offices at 1-800-772-1213

When to Find an Tallahassee Social Security Disability Attorney

If you apply for Social Security Disability in Tallahassee and your initial claim is denied, it could take more than a year to finally get your case awarded. While most people do not consider seeking legal counsel until after their claim has been denied, it may prove beneficial for you to seek help from a Tallahassee Social Security Disability attorney early in the process.

Many Florida SSD attorneys offer free consultation and won’t charge a fee unless they win your case. If your attorney wins, a standard fee of 25% of your award is collected from past due benefits or through a fee petition. The maximum an attorney can collect for representing you in your Tallahassee social security disability case is $6,000. If you are interested in obtaining an evaluation of your Social Security Disability case, click the "Free Disability Evaluation" link at the top of the page for your free case evaluation or to get more information about hiring a Tallahassee disability attorney.