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When should you file for Disability Benefits in Florida?




 
There are a couple of very simple answers to the question of when to file for disability benefits in Florida. One is that you should file as soon as possible because the social security disability and ssi disability evaluation process is very long.

At the initial claim level (this is the application, where all claims start), a case can easily take several months. Social security personnel generally inform an applicant to expect at least 3-4 months to receive a decision; however, disability cases can take even longer to process than this.

If a claim is denied, of course, a first appeal should be filed (known as a reconsideration) immediately with no delay. First appeals can take just as long to process as disability applications.

The second appeal (a disability hearing before an administrative law judge) is by far the lengthiest step in the entire process: from the time a hearing has been requested until the time a hearing date has been set, another 1-2 years may have gone by (nationally, the social security system is backlogged at hearing offices and how long it will take to get a hearing will depend on how bad the backlogs are in your particular area).

Time is, without a doubt, a factor in the SSA (social security administration) system. And it does not work to the benefit of claimants. For this reason, an individual who has become disabled as the result of a physical or mental impairment should intiate a claim immediately by contacting a local social security office (try to avoid the national toll-free number as claimants often report receiving inaccurate filing information from the personnel who answer these phones).

However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind if you intend to apply for social security disability or SSI benefits.

1. You should not attempt to file for disability if you are working full-time or working a significant number of hours. If you are working fulltime, an application may be taken but you will be given a very fast "technical denial" since you will not be eligible for benefits. If you are working significant part-time hours, you may also be over the limit for gross monthly earned income.

2. If you have difficulty getting to the social security office due to transportation or health problems, keep in mind that you have the option of doing a telephone interview with a social security field office claims rep. At the conclusion of the interview, the claims rep will simply mail you your paperwork so you may sign and return it.

3. You have the option of filing for disability benefits online -- but if you choose this option you won't have the benefit of speaking directly to a social security claims rep while your application is being initiated (you may have some important questions to ask at that time).















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General questions about getting disability in Florida

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How long does it take get a decision after a Florida Disability Hearing?

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The disability decison process in Florida

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Will you be awarded disability in Florida if you are unable to return to your old job?

Who makes the disability decision in Florida?

Will I Be Evaluated For Both SSDI and SSI in Florida?

The Florida Disability awards determination process

What happens after a social security disability claim gets taken in Florida?




Filing applications for disability in Florida

Applying in Florida, the criteria to qualify for Benefits

An application for disability in Florida will be time-consuming

Filing for disability in Florida is not easy

What are reasons to file for disability in Florida? When should you file for Disability Benefits in Florida?

Starting an application for disability in Florida

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Disability Lawyers and Representation in Florida

Getting a disability lawyer in Florida

Representation on a Social Security Disability Claim in Florida

Do I need a Lawyer for My Florida Disability Hearing?

Social Security Disability Attorney Fee - What a Disability Lawyer in Florida can be Paid

How do Disability Lawyers in Florida get paid their fees?

Finding a lawyer for a Florida disability claim

Is the Disability Process Faster in Florida if you have a Lawyer?




Applying for SSI in Florida

Applying for SSI disability in Florida

Can you receive Social Security Disability and SSI in Florida?

Applying for SSI Disability for a Child in Florida




Doctors, medical records, and medical exams

Social Security Disability in Florida and What Your Medical Records Say

Will a Disability Attorney in Florida Help You Obtain Your Medical Records?

SSDI and SSI disability applications in Florida and Doctors

Social Security Administration Medical Exams in Florida




Disability hearings in Florida

How long will my case be at a Florida Social Security Hearing office before it is scheduled?

How long does it take to see a Florida disability judge?

Getting ready for a disability hearing in Florida




Disability denials in Florida

What if you are denied disability in Florida and do not get the notice?

If you are turned down and denied for disability in Florida

If your disability is denied in Florida, file an appeal quickly

Why did I get Denied on my Florida Disability Request for Reconsideration?




Disability appeals in Florida

If you are requesting an appeal in Florida

Social Security Disability and Appeal options in Florida

Do you have to appeal your Florida SSD Claim over and over?




Qualifying for disability in Florida

Will I Qualify For Disability Benefits in Florida?

Can I win my disability case in Florida?

What are my Chances of Qualifying for SSDI in Florida?

Will I get approved for disability in Florida if my doctor supports my claim?

If you are trying to win disability benefits in Florida

How Can I Win My Social Security Disability Case in Florida?