This large city of 122,000 persons was named for a section of Havana, Cuba and has adopted as its motto, "Beauty and Progress." Immigrants from many countries, including Jamaica and Colombia, are proud to live in this wonderful city.

Miramar Social Security Disability Lawyer and Attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq., is proud to have been serving this suburban community of Ft. Lauderdale for over 20 years. Social Security hearings in Broward County are usually held in the Ft. Lauderdale Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). In order to expedite the huge backlog of Social Security Disability appeals, the Social Security Administration is increasing the use of Video Teleconferencing (VTC) for Ft. Lauderdale Social Security Disability Claimants. VTC means that the Claimant and her attorney may be situated in the Ft. Lauderdale ODAR location, but the Social Security Judge may be located in another city, viewing the proceedings through cameras and a large screen.

The Social Security Administration plans to expand the use of Video Teleconferencing.. Some other being considered to speed up the backlog of Social Security cases in Ft. Lauderdale, includes greater use of SSA field offices, law office sites and government sites. Moreover, SSA is considering regulations to prevent reimbursement of travel costs for claimants and their representatives when the claimant objects to a scheduled video hearing and therefore must travel with their representative to a farther location for an in-person hearing. Other options include mandatory video hearings and restricting claimants from declining a scheduled video hearing.

In 2011, video hearings comprised about 20% of all Social Security Judges' hearings nationwide. In Ft. Lauderdale, the percentage is somewhat less . In fiscal year 2012, to date, the percentage had increased to 22%. It is anticipated that in order to save costs and to speed up the backlog, video teleconferencing is a permanent part of the Social Security process. The use of video teleconferencing can sometimes minimize the ability of a Social Security Judge to fully assess the claimant, her credibility and the nature of the injuries.

The Boca Raton law office of Randy Zeldin, Esq. is conveniently located on 6111 Broken Sound Pkwy NW, #200. Telephone (561) 613-0101.

The West Palm Beach law office of Randy Zeldin, Esq. is conveniently located on 1401 Forum Way, 6th Floor. Telephone (561) 732-8004

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