Tallahassee is Florida’s capital city, with a population of nearly 200,000. Home to Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee has a student population of over 70,000. The Supreme Court of Florida and the Florida Governor’s Mansion are both located in Tallahassee. The city has received recognition as a regional center for scientific research as the home of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. 

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Tallahassee Social Security Disability Lawyers in Tallahassee

Many Tallahassee residents who are disabled and unable to earn an income can benefit from receiving Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI). If you or your loved one are unable to work due to a disability, you may qualify for benefits through the Social Security Administration.  The Social Security Administration offers two different programs that provide recipients with monthly cash benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Social Security Income (SSI).

Navigating the process of obtaining Social Security benefits can be confusing and challenging.  Applicants benefit from working with an experienced Social Security lawyer. At Disability Advocates Group, our legal team has helped many Florida residents obtain the Social Security benefits they deserve. We understand all of the laws and regulations related to getting Social Security benefits. 

When you work with us, you can rest assured that we will handle your entire claim, from the application process to helping you with any appeals that may become necessary. Our legal team uses our vast resources and experience to help successfully apply for SSDI or SSI benefits. Contact us today to learn how we can help you apply for the benefits you deserve.

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The Difference Between SSDI and SSI Benefits

When you meet with Disability Advocates Group, we will carefully consider your financial circumstances to determine whether you are eligible for SSDI or SSI benefits. The SSI and SSDI programs both provide monthly cash benefits, but their eligibility requirements are different. The SSI benefits program is a needs-based program for people with limited resources and income. Only applicants over the age of 65, blind, or disabled with a low income are eligible for SSI benefits. SSI recipients are automatically qualified for Medicaid benefits.

On the other hand, SSDI benefits are not limited to applicants with low income. Instead, these benefits are available to disabled workers who have enough work credits by paying into the Social Security system. The amount of SSDI benefits depends on the applicant’s work history. Those who qualify for SSDI benefits will also be eligible for Medicare after a 24-month waiting period from when they begin receiving benefits.

Applying for SSDI or SSI Benefits in Tallahassee

The first step in applying for social security benefits involves determining your eligibility. At Disability Advocates Group, we will talk to you and learn more about your financial situation. We will advise you on whether you should apply for SSDI or SSI benefits and will help you submit your application. One of the best things you can do to obtain Social Security benefits is to work with an experienced lawyer. 

The application process is burdensome and complicated. It requires significant paperwork. 

Our team understands all of the common reasons the Social Security Administration rejects first-time applications. We will help you complete your application and submit all of the required documents, increasing your chances of success. If you are unsure what type of documents you need to gather, we can help you throughout the entire process. Our clients feel a sense of relief knowing that we are in their corner, helping them every step of the way.

Appealing the Denial of a Social Security Disability Claim in Tallahassee

If you received a letter stating that your SSDI or SSI claim has been denied, you aren’t alone. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration denies most first-time benefits applications.  You will be able to appeal their denial, but you must file a request for reconsideration within 60 days of receiving the letter regarding your denial. There are various levels of appeal, but the first level involves requesting a reconsideration of your case.

If your request for reconsideration is denied, you can request a disability hearing. After hearing, an administrative law judge will review your case. He or she will consider your employment history and medical condition. The judge will ask you questions about how your condition affects your day-to-day life. Vocational experts who can provide testimony related to your work history and job prospects are often in attendance at disability hearings. Likewise, medical experts may attend. The administrative law judge and your attorney can ask these experts questions.

The experienced professionals at Disability Advocates Group have successfully represented many clients at disability hearings. We know what questions to ask and what evidence to bring to the hearing to convince administrative law judges that our clients should receive disability benefits.  We can also help prepare you for the administrative hearing to understand what the process will look like and feel more comfortable attending the meeting.

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The Benefit of Working with a Disability Lawyer

Working with an experienced attorney to submit your SSDI or SSI application can significantly improve your chances of obtaining the benefits you deserve. The application process is lengthy and frustrating. Most applicants will need to appeal their claim one or more times. With an experienced lawyer on your side, you can ensure that you submit an accurate application.

Contact Our Tallahassee Social Security Lawyers Today

Are you or your loved one unable to work due to a medical condition or disability? If so, you may be entitled to benefits through the Social Security Administration. It’s worth taking the time to consider whether you’re eligible for SSDI or SSI benefits that will help you meet your and your loved one’s financial needs. Our experienced legal team will review your case and help you apply for the benefits you deserve. We will represent you throughout the entire process, including the appeals process, if necessary. Contact Disability Advocates Group today to schedule your initial consultation.

About Attorney Michelle Shvarts

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Ms. Shvarts, a UCLA Law alumnus and former big firm litigator, now leads Disability Advocates Group with a clear mission: empowering individuals with disabilities. Having witnessed the challenges faced by those seeking benefits, Ms. Shvarts assembled a team dedicated to securing Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for their clients.


US Social Security Administration
US Social Security Administration
2002 Old St Augustine Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32330

Telephone:+1 800-772-1213
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