Brandon, Florida is located between Tampa and Plant City in Hillsborough County. The city of Brandon has a current population of more than 103,000 people according to the 2010 U.S Census. Brandon residents predominantly work in three major fields – business management / arts / sciences (18% of the population), sales / office (15% of the population) and service occupations (10% of the population).
In December 2009, just over 10,000 residents were listed as beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in Brandon or of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in current-payment status. By December 2010, that number had risen to more than 11,000 residents. If you are a Brandon resident suffering from a disability that keeps you out of the workforce for at least twelve months, you may be eligible to receive social security disability in Brandon. A key indicator of your potential eligibility is the presence of a federal social security withholding (FICA) on your paycheck. Visit a local Social Security Administration (SSA) field office to find out if you have earned enough work credits from a qualifying job to receive benefits. Even if you think you may not have earned enough credits, you may still qualify for SSD benefits in Brandon.
Apply for Brandon Social Security Disability Benefits
Applying for social security disability in Brandon may be quickly done online, but the review process is lengthy. For most people, initial SSD applications are denied. In fact, in the state of Florida, only about 27% of initial claims are approved. Of the ones that are denied, most are not appealed and of those that do go up for appeal, less than 10% of appeals are approved. That is why it is so important that you find a Brandon social security disability attorney with whom to work early in the application and review process.
The core of your disability case will be the medical evidence you are able to provide to back your disability claim. If there is not enough evidence available to support your disability claim, the claim will be denied. Your Brandon disability lawyer will review your application and the documentation you provide to make sure there is enough information to substantiate your claim. Your SSD attorney will also contact the SSA on your behalf to ensure your case runs smoothly. A recent report by the Office of Inspector General for the SSA stated that hiring a disability attorney early in the application process significantly improves your chances of receiving disability benefits.
You retain the right to hire a Brandon social security disability attorney at any point during the application and review process. Even if you have submitted your initial claim and it was denied. While most initial claims are denied, the need to file an appeal will stretch your case, sometimes upward of a year. Be sure to get the counsel of a local disability lawyer in the Brandon area.
Listed below are the local Social Security Offices where a Brandon Social Security applicant can file a claim for disability benefits:
Brandon Social Security Disability
1947 State Rd 60 East
Valrico, FL 33594
Brandon Social Security Disability
3415 E Frontage Rd
Tampa, FL 33607-7009
Brandon Social Security Disability Resources
In order to be awarded social security disability benefits in Brandon, you must be able to prove to the SSA that you have a medical or mental impairment that prevents you from achieving gainful employment for at least a year. Seek the help of a licensed medical or mental health professional. If you cannot afford a doctor due to being uninsured or under insured, there are health resources in Brandon to assist you.
Listed below are free/reduced-cost health clinics located in the Brandon Area:
St. Joseph’s Health
3550 W Waters Ave # 110
Tampa, FL 33614
Broward Outreach Center South
8213 W. Waters Av
Tampa Bay Florida 33615
Downtown Health Center
1105 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33602
North Hillsborough Health Center
9827 N. Sheldon Rd
Tampa, Florida 33635
Your Brandon Disability Claim
Being able to provide the SSA with a complete medical file that backs your social security disability claim is essential to winning your Brandon social security disability case. Missing information can foil your case and leave you without benefits, and if you really are disabled, unable to perform the duties of a job to earn money. Before submitting your initial claim, seek the help of a Brandon social security disability attorney. Let your SSD attorney review your claim, guide you in the best course of action for your case and file the application on your behalf. If your initial claim is denied, your Brandon SSD attorney will represent you through the appeals process as well as coach and prepare you for the hearing.
The initial consultation with a disability lawyer is free and you will only have to pay if your attorney wins your case for you. To learn more about hiring a Social Security attorney or to request a free evaluation of your case, click here.