Greater Ft. Lauderdale

Metropolitan Ft. Lauderdale is home to many famous attractions, including Butterfly World, Sawgrass Mills and the Florida Panthers. It is the home to over 1.6 million persons, with the County Seat in Fort Lauderdale. The Art Institute of Florida and Nova University are among its world class universities.

Ft. Lauderdale Social Security Disability Attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq. is available to represent claimants who seek to appeal a Social Security Disability application, which has been denied. The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, (ODAR) where Social Security Judges are situated, is located at New River Center, Suite 1550 200 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Ft Lauderdale, Florida 33301 phone: (877) 839-4243 -- Fax: (954) 356-7901. The average waiting time for a hearing in Ft. Lauderdale is 13 months, which is close to the national average. There are 13 Social Security Judges in the ODAR Ft. Lauderdale office. Of the cases heard at Ft. Lauderdale ODAR, 48% are approved and 32% are denied. The average processing time is 398 days. There are currently 10, 738 cases pending. Most hearings in Ft. Lauderdale, 85% are in person, while 15% are video teleconferencing hearings.

The Social Security Judges in Ft. Lauderdale ODAR are Thurman Anderson; James Andres; Mary Brennan; Rossana D'Alessio; Dean Determan; D.K. Dugan; M.D. Evans; Robert Gill; Jennifer Millington; Denise Pasvantis; Jose Perez-Gonzalez; Ruben Rivera, Jr.; Donald Smith; Robert Spurlin; Scott Tews.

At hearing, Social Security Judges may consider what is known as "lay testimony." That means testimony of non-expert witnesses, who have detailed and probative knowledge of an applicant's condition. Friends and relatives may submit letters and/or live testimony about subjective symptoms, descriptions of seizures; problems performing certain activities; assistance given to the claimant to handle activities of daily living, etc.

Ft. Lauderdale Social Security Judges often allow testimony, particularly of expert witnesses such as Expert Medical Examiners and Vocational Experts. This testimony is increasingly allowed through telephone or other electronic media. The currently regulations allow expert telephone testimony, provided that advance notice is given to the parties. Similarly, new regulations also allow telephonic testimony by the claimant or other witnesses, as long as advance notice is provided. Telephone testimony of the claimant would only be allowed in extraordinary circumstances, which prevent the witness from appearing in person.

Attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq., provides expert and caring representation in Social Security Disability Claims to residents of greater Ft. Lauderdale. All attorney fees are contingent and there are never out of pocket fees. A free consultation can be arranged in one of the convenient offices of the firm.

Please contact Ft. Lauderdale Social Security Disability Attorney and Lawyer Randy Zeldin, Esq. at (877) 839-4243.

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