Tampa Disability Lawyers


Social Security disability is for people who are unable to support themselves due to a physical or mental impairment. The two types of Social Security disability are either needs based or based on payments a person has made into the Social Security system while working. According to the Social Security Administration, percentages are pretty high that an individual will become unable to work before they reach the full retirement age. Getting approved for disability benefits, on the other hand, is tough. Nearly 66% of Social Security disability applications are denied on the first attempt. The second step is to “Request for Reconsideration.” The second request also doesn’t lend to the best results as the decision is made by a different reviewer in the same agency. The approval rate is a dismal 14 percent. Florida’s approval rates are even lower than the national average. Approximately 73% of initial applications are denied, and only 9% are subsequently approved during the Request for Reconsideration.

Hearings in front of an administrative law judge to gain social security approval

After the first two denials, the 3rd option that people have is being seen at a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). Approval rates are much higher at this stage, but also more difficult, and legal representation is almost always necessary.

What happens if I’m denied a 3rd time?

If a disability application is denied after an ALJ hearing, the applicant can request another reconsideration, which this time is in front of the federal district court. The success rate at the district court level is approximately 40 percent. This is why it’s important to always keep trying until you’ve exhausted all options. How do you qualify for Social Security Disability? 1. Work requirements must be satisfied and are dependent upon your work history and age when you became disabled. 2. You must meet the standards set forth by the Social Security Administration of what qualifies as being disabled. The medical assessment is complicated and understanding exactly what type of information you must submit and include with your documentation has a big impact on how likely it is that your application will be approved.

Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income is the needs-based program that doesn’t require a past work history. The program offers benefits to individuals who are disabled, blind or 65 and older with limited resources and income. The process for approval is similar, though, for the supplemental applicants and many go through multiple appeals processes before being approved.

Requesting disability benefits in the Tampa region of Florida

As already mentioned, getting approved for disability is even more difficult in Florida than it is nationally, but it still is achieved regularly. Working with our disability benefit attorneys to get your application approved can speed up the process. This process is taken on as a contingency basis and if you are approved, you will receive back pay from the time of your first filing. Our fees come out of the back pay once you’re approved and are restricted to 25% of your past benefits. After that, you’ll continue to collect your disability monthly without any more fees incurred. Ready to start your disability benefit application? Just call us at 1-877-430-9299 or fill out the contact form to get started.