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South Florida Firm Helps Clients Get Social Security Disability Benefits

Experienced lawyers assert the rights of injured workers

When you have a long-lasting medical problems that prevents you from doing your job, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can provide the funds you need to support yourself and your family. At Vassallo, Bilotta & Davis, we help South Florida clients obtain benefits through this program as well as the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program that helps disabled and elderly individuals facing severe financial struggles. Our attorneys, from offices in West Palm Beach and Stuart, have more than 100 years of experience and give you the advantage you need to tackle complicated government forms and requirements. In every case, we serve as strong advocates committed to securing the benefits that our clients are entitled to.

Knowledgeable attorneys advise on SSDI applications and eligibility

If you are unable to work due to a physical or mental condition, our firm will advise you of your eligibility to obtain disability benefits. That eligibility is based on a five-step analysis that considers factors such as:

  • Work history — SSDI is an insurance program that is only for individuals who have accrued enough work credits to qualify for benefits. For most people over the age of 31, this generally means that they must have worked for at least five of the previous 10 years.
  • Substantial gainful activity — If someone is engaged in work that earns more than $1,950 per month, they are not eligible to collect SSDI payments. In some instances, a claimant who is unable to perform their previous job might be able to take a position that involves more sedentary work.
  • Severe impairment — The physical limitation at issue must meet the definition of a severe impairment under federal standards. This analysis can vary depending on the specific job.

We will take a close look at your situation and outline the elements of your SSDI claim as well as any personal injury action when appropriate. Our firm offers a free initial consultation so there is no risk to you.

Effective advocates handle denials and appeals for SSDI claimants

Even if you have been refused SSDI benefits, you still have legal options. In fact, most initial claims are rejected in Florida. Our firm prepares strong appeals for people who have received a notice of denial. Within 60 days, we will seek reconsideration of the merits of your case. If the decision is not changed, our lawyers will advocate for you in a hearing before an administrative law judge. Frequently, by presenting the evidence professionally and in person, we can obtain a reversal.

Proven counselors assist with Supplemental Security Income applications

Though both programs provide financial assistance to disabled individuals, there are several key differences between SSDI and SSI. Unlike SSDI, which is awarded regardless of a person’s assets, SSI is only available to people with limited financial means. If you qualify, our firm will prepare the necessary information and develop a strong argument to maximize your ability to receive relief.

Contact a Florida Social Security Disability lawyer for a free initial consultation

Vassallo, Bilotta & Davis handles Social Security Disability Insurance matters for South Florida claimants. Please call 561-471-2800 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at one of our offices, located in West Palm Beach and Stuart.

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  • West Palm Beach Office
    2001 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
    Suite 204
    West Palm Beach, Florida 33409
    Phone: 561-471-2800
    Fax: 561-471-2818
  • Stuart Office
    50 E. Ocean Blvd.
    Stuart, Florida 34994
    Phone: 772-221-8262
Verdicts & Settlements
  • "$3,200,000 -- Motorcycle crash causing abdominal injuries* Defendant who was driving a van which struck our client only had $10,000 insurance coverage. Due to the failure of the insurer to timely resolve the case we obtained a settlement of 3.2 million."

  • "$2,156,249 -- Slip & fall causing low back injuries* Defendant grocery store put out wet floor signs due to a leaking freezer. Client fell while walking down the aisle. Defendant claimed client was 100% at fault. A jury found no responsibility on the client and awarded over 2.1 million in damages."

  • "$1,550,000 -- Tractor Trailor crash causing back injuries * Defendant trucking company claimed their driver was not at fault for a crash on I-95 and blamed a phantom vehicle After a trial the jury awarded our client over 1.5 million in damages."

  • "$1,417,937 -- Car crash causing injuries to an elderly couple.* Defendant claimed the husband who was 83 years old violated defendant's right of way. After a trial the jury awarded the husband and wife over 1.4 million."

  • "$1,000,000 -- Full-size Pickup Truck striking the back of client's car* Defendant denied liability claiming they were pushed from behind into our client. The case settled after a 2 week trial, while the jury was out deliberating."