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Florida Social Security Disability & SSI

Helping you get the disability benefits you are entitled to receive from Social Security

According to Social Security’s website, applications for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits have been on the rise since 1993.  This trend means that many claims for benefits, although valid, may be denied.  If you have been denied Florida Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), contact John V. Tucker and his team of SSD attorneys for help recovering the money you deserve.  Social Security’s own statistics show that people that hire an attorney win more SSD and SSI cases that those who do not hire an attorney.

Social Security disability claims in Clearwater and Largo

Social Security benefits include Social Security Disability Insurance, what many people call SSD.  Social Security’s disability programs are very different from other types of disability claims. Unlike private long-term disability insurance or disability pensions, the Social Security Administration has a well-defined procedure for obtaining benefits. Its rules and regulations can be complex, and the process can often take over two years to obtain benefits if you have to go to a hearing before a judge. We can help you obtain these benefits, and we can usually do this while also handling other types of disability cases for you (i.e., insurance or Veteran’s disability benefits).

To be eligible for SSD, you must:

  • Have paid into Social Security through employment for a certain amount of time; and
  • Have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability.

If you are awarded SSD, you receive monthly benefits until you are able to work again.  Some cases allow you to continue receiving benefits while you transition back to work.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims

SSI is like the SSD program, but it is for lower-income people and people who have not paid enough taxes into the Social Security Disability Insurance system. Social Security uses the same disability definition in the SSI program as it does in the SSD program, but a person also has to show that they have limited assets and income (similar to the limits for qualifying for health benefits under Medicaid).