Florida Disability Services, Is a specialized office dedicated exclusively to dealing with Disability cases before the Social Security Administration in benefit of the hispanic community in Central Florida and Puerto Rico. We believe in excellent and direct care, which is why all clients are served by a Lawyer or Accredited Disability Representative, both authorized by the Social Security Administration. We have had clients who come from other disability offices and tell us that they are attended only by paralegals or assistants, and they meet the lawyer or representative few minutes before seeing the judge in the Administrative Hearing.
We assist you throughout the disability claim process. The disability claim is divided into four (4) stages. These stages are: Initial Claim; Reconsideration or Appeal; Administrative hearing before the Judge, and; Appeal before the Council. During each stage there are certain forms, memoranda, medical evaluations among other requests by the Social Security Administration, which we will complete with you.
If you can not work for a physical or mental condition, or the benefits were denied by the Social Security Administration, call us or ask us to coordinate a consultation.
Social Security Disability Programs
The Social Security Administration has two (2) benefit programs for people with physical or mental disabilities. The first is the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The SSDI is a benefit for people who suffer some disability, who have worked and contributed to the insurance. The second is the Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI is a benefit for people who suffer some disability and do not qualify for SSDI, because they have not worked enough. In addition, to qualify for SSI the person has to have few financial resources.
In addition, of the economic benefits provided by Social Security, in its disability programs it also provides medical insurance. For SSDI beneficiaries, after 24 months of being disabled they would be qualifying for Medicare. SSI beneficiaries are eligible for Medicaid at the time they are disabled.
The definition of disability under Social Security is different from the definition by which other programs are governed. Social Security only pays for a total disability. No benefits are granted for a partial disability or for a short-term disability.
The term "disability" according to Social Security is based on the inability to work. A person is considered disabled under the rules of Social Security if:
You can not perform the work you did previously;
We decide that you can not adapt to another job because of your medical conditions; and,
The disability has lasted or is expected to last at least one year or result in the death of the person.
This is a strict definition of what disability is. The Social Security program rules assume that working families have access to other resources to provide the necessary support during periods of short-term disability, including workers' compensation, insurance, savings and investments.
For this reason it is of the utmost importance that you are adequately advised and represented by an Accredited Disability Representative.