St. Lucie County

Nearly 300,000 persons reside in lovely St. Lucie County. St. Lucie County is served by St. Lucie County International Airport. Indian River Community College, Florida Atlantic University, University of Florida School of Agriculture, Barry University and Keiser University, all have locations within St. Lucie County. Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Old Ft. Park and St. Lucie Aquarium are among the many recreational opportunities in the County.

St. Lucie Social Security Disability Attorney, Randy Zeldin, Esq. represents individuals who need Social Security Disability benefits. When successful after a hearing before a Social Security Judge, the claimant should receive an Order titled “Fully Favorable Decision.” It is important to thoroughly review the Fully Favorable Decision, to make sure of the following issues:

  • Make sure that there is no typographical error. Some the onset date of disability is incorrect, and this can short change the claimant of past due Social Security Disability benefits. An incorrect address to the attorney or the claimant can delay or hinder the payment of benefits.
  • Make sure that the PIA corresponds to the Claimant’s earning record.
  • Check to make sure that any children of the Claimant are noted as auxiliary beneficiaries.
  • Check to see that the attorney fee agreement is noted and approved, to protect the attorney-client relationship.
  • Consider whether SSI benefits can be sought, in addition to Title II Social Security Disability Benefits.

St. Lucie County Attorney, Randy Zeldin, Esq., reviews Fully Favorable Decisions, to be certain that there are no errors or oversights on the part of the Social Security Judge. If the Fully Favorable Decision can be corrected by a simple letter to the Social Security Judge, this is the best outcome. Sometimes an appeal of the Fully Favorable Decision to the Appeals Council will have to be considered if the Social Security Judge doesn’t correct an obvious error.

Following are common questions that Social Security clients of Social Security Disability Attorney of Port St. Lucie County, Randy Zeldin, Esq., wish to know after winning a case:

  • SSI benefits requires that the claimant update financial information at local Social Security Office.
  • If the Social Security Judge requires a Representative Payee, the claimant and the Representative Payee must meet at the local Social Security Office to arrange for payments and direct deposit into bank accounts.
  • Back benefits usually will be paid within two-three months after the issuance of the Fully Favorable Decision. However, speed of payment depends on which Payment Center handles the case. Some Payment Centers are very backlogged, and this will lead to delays.
  • The amount of the monthly benefit depends on the Claimant’s earning record-that is how much salary and payroll taxes were paid into the Social Security system, prior the onset date of disability.
  • The Social Security Administration Payment Center will prepare a Notice of Award, which will set forth the detailed calculation of past due benefits, prospective benefits and attorney fees.
  • Medicare will commence after the Claimant has received 24 months of Social Security Disability benefits.
  • Attorney fees are 25% of total back benefits, with a maximum of $6,000.00. Costs such as medical records, photocopies, postage, etc., will be deducted from total back benefits.

St. Lucie County Social Security Disability Attorney, Randy Zeldin, Esq., offers free, in-office consultations to prospective Social Security Disability claimants.

1660 St Lucie W Blvd #300
Port St Lucie, FL 34986
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