West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach is the largest City in Palm Beach County. It is the home of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; the Norton Museum of Art and the South Florida Science Museum. Every Thursday evening, city residents enjoy the fun and festivities of "Clematis by Night." The largest employer in Palm Beach County is the School Board of Palm Beach County, which is headquartered there. New districts include City Place, Antique Row and Northwood Village. On the western fringes of the City of West Palm Beach, residents can enjoy the outdoors in Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve. Regular community, children and entertainment events are held throughout the City of West Palm Beach, including at the beautiful Lake Pavillion. There increasingly “start-up” businesses in West Palm Beach, at a multinational level, which attract many young and educated entrepreneurs.
The current Mayor of West Palm Beach is Jeri Muoio. Mayor Muoio works in conjunction with the duly elected City Commission of West Palm Beach. There are 5 City of West Palm Beach Commissioners. There are many varied departments to service residents of the City of West Palm Beach, including Building and Zoning, Community Redevelopment Agency, Engineering, Code Enforcement and Housing.
West Palm Beach Social Security Disability Attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq. has represented many of its in Social Security Disability claims, before Social Security Judges “ODAR” (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review), which located on Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach. The West Palm Beach Office of ODAR is a satellite office of the primary office, which is located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The Ft. Lauderdale Division includes all of Broward, Palm Beach and Martin Counties. There are approximately 20 Administrative Law Judges (“Social Security Judges”) assigned to the Ft. Lauderdale Division. Several of these Social Security Judges will rotate to the West Palm Beach ODAR Office to hear cases.
The average wait time for a hearing in the West Palm Beach, Florida ODAR office for a hearing by a Social Security Judge, is approximately 21 months.!! Unfortunately, this is higher than the national average wait time. Social Security Disability Claimants in West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale will have no choice but to be patient, as the U.S. Congress has failed to allocate sufficient administrative resources to improve the speed and disposition of pending appeals of Social Security cases.
The term "disability" for Social Security Disability purposes, is defined as an inability "to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death, or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months."
The Social Security law defines "physical or mental impairment" as an impairment that results from anatomical, physiological or psychological abnormalities. Further, the abnormalities must be demonstrated by accepted medical evidence and tests. Disabilities resulting from drug addiction or alcoholism are generally not eligible for Social Security Disability. There are many types of Medical Evidence that a skilled Social Security Attorney may present to prove disability:
- Physical evidence includes physicians reports and records; laboratory and diagnostic studies; physical or other therapy records; chiropractic records.
- Mental evidence includes psychiatric or psychologist reports; clinical social worker/therapist reports.
If a Social Security Disability claimant can prove the existence of a "disability", it becomes the burden or the responsibility of the Social Security Administration to establish that a claimant can perform other jobs in the national economy. This is usually done by means of expert vocational testimony, hired by the Social Security Administration.
Attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq. will provide aggressive and caring representation in Social Security Disability matters. All consultations are free of charge and any attorney fee is 100% contingent upon a successful outcome.
The West Palm Beach law office of Attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq., is conveniently located on 1401 Forum Way, #600.
Contact us online or call (877) 839-4243 today for a free and confidential consultation!