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In the state of Florida, there are more than 11 million residents. Out of that 11 million, a little over 460,000 receive some form of social security disability benefit. Each year there are thousands of people who apply because they are permanently disabled or face long-term disability. Unfortunately, approximately 65 percent of Florida’s Social Security Disability applications are denied quite frequently.

Social Security Disability Benefits in FloridaThe major reasons for these denials include:

  • Incomplete applications
  • Missed deadlines
  • Inadequate medical history
  • Applying too late or too early
  • Misunderstanding of the process (including appeals)

Filing for social security disability in Florida is just like any other area of the country, and requires adequate knowledge of the application process.

The Application Process in Florida

The application process in Florida starts with an initial application. This initial stage approval rate in Florida is 26.8 percent. Most of these applications are filed without the assistance of an attorney. That means barely three out of 10 people will be approved for their SSDI benefits, and most of those who are denied qualify for SSDI.

Florida has one distinct difference than other states: there is a disability examiner. This person is used instead of the medical consultant, and they determine if a disability claim is eligible for SSDI. The examiner is not used in mental illness cases; instead, these are reviewed by a psychiatrists or psychologist, depending on the condition.

Just a few facts regarding this application process:

  • The initial application approval rate is 26.8{5fdd16ef34b61066f424b5cd5cbf7bb2334bf24e56c2c2df8c6fb533c216f4ff}, while nationally it is 31.7{5fdd16ef34b61066f424b5cd5cbf7bb2334bf24e56c2c2df8c6fb533c216f4ff}
  • The reconsideration review success rate is 8.9{5fdd16ef34b61066f424b5cd5cbf7bb2334bf24e56c2c2df8c6fb533c216f4ff}, while nationally it is 11.2{5fdd16ef34b61066f424b5cd5cbf7bb2334bf24e56c2c2df8c6fb533c216f4ff}
  • The appeal hearing percentage is 48.3{5fdd16ef34b61066f424b5cd5cbf7bb2334bf24e56c2c2df8c6fb533c216f4ff}, while nationally it is 50.5{5fdd16ef34b61066f424b5cd5cbf7bb2334bf24e56c2c2df8c6fb533c216f4ff}
  • The average hearing wait time in Florida is 367 days, while nationally it is 342 days

As you can see, the odds are stacked against those who need SSDI in Florida. Because the state doesn’t make it easy on those who need benefits, you need a social security disability attorney who can help. An attorney will work aggressively to protect your right to benefits you have paid into your entire life.

Just because you cannot work does not mean the SSA has the right to shuffle their feet and push you around. Contact the attorneys at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton now to get the SSDI or SSI benefits you are entitled to.

Appealing an Application Denial in Florida

If you are not satisfied with your initial application denial, then you have the right to appeal that decision. There are four methods at your disposal, and each should be done with the assistance of an SSDI attorney. These methods include:

  1. Requesting a ReconsiderationA new reviewer will look over your case. This person was not involved in the initial application. The reconsideration rate, however, is much lower than the national average.
  2. Administrative Law Judge You can request an official review through the ALJ and submit new evidence, if necessary.
  3. Appeals Council This is the most common route for those who have been denied initially and most cases are won during this phase.
  4. Federal Court Lawsuit If you feel that your case was not reviewed and considered in accordance with the laws, then you can file a lawsuit in federal court through the Florida Court District to have your case officially reviewed.

Hire an Attorney and Protect Your Right to Compensation

Social security disability benefits in the state of Florida are purposely difficult. They try to make it easier but without professional reviews during the initial application, the denial rate seems to increase simply because the initial reviewer is not a medical professional.

If you feel that you deserve SSDI, do not try to go at it alone. An attorney can help protect your rights and the Jacksonville social security disability lawyers at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P.A. know how SSA works. We will fight for your right to compensation and we will not rest until your application is approved.

  • There’s no fee to meet with us
  • We work with you on fees
  • We’re aggressive
  • And we are here to help you succeed

We have seen countless disabled individuals be denied benefits they are rightfully entitled to. Do not let that happen to you or a loved one. Instead, contact us for a free consultation.


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