Social Security Disability
How to Apply: There are (3) three ways to file an initial application for Social Security Disability:
The most efficient way to apply is directly at a Social Security Field Office. SSA staff are trained to help individuals complete and submit applications. Staff will ask questions, complete the necessary applications and file them. Field Office locations can be found on the SSA website.
- It is possible to apply for Social Security Disability online at the SSA.GOV website. According to Social Security Disability Attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq., online applications are difficult and confusing and should be avoided.
- For claimants without transportation or unable to travel due to illness or disability, it is also possible to apply via telephone. This process is similar to an in-office application at a Field Office. Telephone 800-772-1213 in order to schedule an appointment
What to Do If You Are Denied! Don’t be disappointed if your initial application is denied. More than 70% of all initial applications are denied! Social Security Attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq. indicates that even often serious terminal illness cases are denied. The next step and the ONLY step after Denial is to APPEAL the decision. Appeal of a Social Security Denial requires the expert counsel of Randy Zeldin, Esq., who will prosecute your case before a Social Security Judge.
Social Security Disability Attorney and Lawyer, Randy Zeldin, Esq., represents Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach claimants in the appeals process. Claimants represented by Florida Social Security disability attorneys like Randy Zeldin, Esq., have a higher rate of success than those without attorneys. Randy Zeldin, Esq. will gather medical and vocational evidence, including contacting your physicians to answer specific questions that are required to demonstrate disability. Randy Zeldin, Esq. will prepare evidence and testimony for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge and represent you in court.
Attorney Fees: Attorney fees are contingent; if benefits are not won, no fee is due. Fees are paid based on the value of 25% of past due benefits or a maximum of $6,000.00, whichever is less. All attorney fee arrangements must be set forth clearly in the fee agreement with your attorney and are always subject to strict approval by the Administrative Law Judge.
Eligibility for Social Security Disability To be eligible for Social Security Disability, a claimant must be unable to do any kind of substantial gainful employment. Most often, an individual must be unable to work for more than one year, in order to be eligible. However, there are exceptions due to the nature of the disability. Many disabilities are “listed” as presumed disability and can make winning your case more likely. In either case, the fact of disability must be proven by competent and substantial medical evidence. Medical evidence consists mostly of the reports, office notes and testing performed by your medical providers
Benefits You Can Receive: The monthly Social Security Disability benefit you may receive, depends on the dollar amount of Social Security tax (payroll tax) you have paid during your working life. Generally, the amount is like that of Social Security Retirement benefits. Retroactive benefits can be payable to the “onset date” of your disability. Claimants who were disabled as minors, can be eligible under a special program, to receive benefits based on earnings of a parent.
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Randy Zeldin, Esq. is a Social Security Disability Attorney and Lawyer serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties, including Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, and West Palm Beach.