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JACKSONVILLE ODAR OFFICE STATISTICS

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Jacksonville, Florida, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Jacksonville, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.0 months. The average case processing time in Jacksonville is 589 [..]

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ORLANDO HEARING OFFICE STATISTICS

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Orlando, Florida, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Orlando, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 18.0 months. The average case processing time in Orlando is 547 days.The [..]

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What Happens at a Social Security Disability Hearing?

The ALJ may ask questions of a vocational expert, a medical expert, and you. Social Security disability hearings are typically short and can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. While many SSD claimants mistakenly assume that their hearing will be similar to a court appearance, ALJ hearings tend to be somewhat informal. In [..]

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Can Letters From Family and Friends Help My Disability Case at a Hearing?

While supportive letters from family and friends are usually disregarded by the judge, letters from employers and caregivers can help. Applicants for Social Security disability often ask friends and family to write letters in support of their disability case. While the administrative law judge (ALJ) who presides over the hearing often disregards these letters, sometimes [..]

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What can an individual do if he or she disagrees with the determination?

If an individual disagrees with the initial determination in the case, he or she may appeal it. The first administrative appeal is a reconsideration.  At the reconsideration appeal level, generally the  case is reviewed at the State level by an adjudicative team that was not involved in the original determination. If dissatisfied with the reconsideration [..]

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When do disability benefits start?

Disability benefits for workers and widows usually cannot begin for 5 months after the established onset of the disability. Therefore, Social Security disability benefits will be paid for the sixth full month after the date the disability began. The 5-month waiting period does not apply to individuals filing as children of workers. Under SSI, disability [..]

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How is the disability determination made?

SSA’s regulations provides a procedure known as the “sequential evaluation process” for disability evaluation.   For adults, this  is a five step process that requires sequential review of the claimant’s current work activity, the severity of his or her impairment(s), a determination of whether his or her impairment(s) meets or medically equals a listing (see Part [..]

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