By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

In the pursuit of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits due to physical disabilities, the journey can be riddled with complexities. Many individuals find themselves facing hurdles during the application or appeals process. This blog post, brought to you by the experienced Florida Social Security Disability Attorneys at Disability Advocates Group, aims to shed light on the challenges associated with SSDI or SSI hearings for physical disabilities and how our team can be your guiding beacon in overcoming these obstacles.

Understanding the SSDI and SSI Landscape:

Before delving into the challenges, let’s clarify the distinctions between SSDI and SSI. SSDI is designed for individuals who have accumulated sufficient work credits and paid into the Social Security system. On the other hand, SSI is a needs-based program for those with limited income and resources. Both programs, however, require applicants to prove the severity of their physical disabilities.

Challenge 1: Navigating the Complex Application Process

The journey begins with the application process, a labyrinth of paperwork and medical documentation. Many applicants find it challenging to compile the necessary evidence to establish the extent of their physical disabilities. Disability Advocates Group understands the intricacies of the application process and can guide you in presenting a compelling case, ensuring that all essential details are properly documented.

Challenge 2: Facing Initial Denials

Receiving an initial denial can be disheartening, but it’s not uncommon. In fact, a substantial number of SSDI and SSI claims are initially rejected. Disability Advocates Group is well-versed in navigating through the appeals process. Our team of experienced professionals can help you understand the reasons for denial and craft a strong appeal that addresses the concerns of the Social Security Administration.

Challenge 3: Preparing for SSDI or SSI Hearings

One of the most critical stages in the disability benefits process is the hearing. This is your opportunity to present your case in person before an administrative law judge. Preparing for the hearing can be overwhelming, as you need to articulate the impact of your physical disabilities on your daily life. Disability Advocates Group stands by your side, helping you build a compelling narrative that vividly illustrates the challenges you face.

Challenge 4: Establishing Medical Evidence

Medical evidence is the backbone of any successful SSDI or SSI claim. However, many applicants struggle to gather and present relevant medical documentation. Disability Advocates Group collaborates with medical professionals to ensure your case is supported by comprehensive and persuasive evidence. We work tirelessly to obtain the necessary medical records that highlight the severity of your physical disabilities.

Challenge 5: Meeting Deadlines and Keeping Track of Paperwork

The SSDI and SSI process is time-sensitive, with strict deadlines for appeals and submissions. Juggling paperwork and meeting these deadlines can be overwhelming, especially for individuals dealing with physical disabilities. Disability Advocates Group understands the importance of timing and organization. Our team meticulously handles paperwork and ensures all deadlines are met, allowing you to focus on your health.


Navigating the SSDI or SSI process for physical disabilities can be daunting, but with Disability Advocates Group by your side, you can overcome these challenges. Our experienced team is dedicated to guiding Florida residents from Jacksonville to Miramar through the complexities of the application and appeals process, ensuring that your case is presented in the best possible light. Don’t let the hurdles discourage you – let Disability Advocates Group be your ally in the pursuit of the benefits you rightfully deserve.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.