Struggling with a long-term injury or illness in Florida can affect much more than your physical health - very quickly, you may find yourself struggling to pay your medical bills, bring home your paycheck, support your family, or keep your home or car. To safeguard against losing your home or having to declare bankruptcy, you pay social security payroll taxes each time you are paid by your employer. Very simply, it is a federal insurance program that provides you with support if you become disabled through illness or injury. Even if you have not paid in enough social security taxes to qualify for disability benefits (SSD), you may still be eligible for supplemental security income (SSI) benefits.

While the government makes it very easy for you to pay social security taxes every payday (they take it directly from your paycheck), they make it considerably harder to receive benefits when you become disabled. In fact, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA), 75% of initial disability claims are denied and over 80% of subsequent appeals are also denied. Although the reason for this high rate of denials exists to ensure that disability benefits go to the right people, many with valid conditions or illnesses are rejected for simply not understanding the intricacies of the application process.

At the Law Firm of Johnson & Gilbert, we understand how the social security disability (SSD) and supplemental security income (SSI) system works and what you need to prove in order to secure your benefits. We also know that when dealing with a serious illness or condition, it is often overwhelming to handle your related legal and financial matters effectively on your own. Located in Ormond Beach, Florida, and serving the greater Central and North Florida area, we are dedicated to educating you on the Social Security system and working with you as partners in order to significantly increase your chances of successfully securing your benefits.

Disabilities can happen unexpectedly, and they can affect all aspects of your life. Here are some statistics from the Council for Disability Awareness:
  • 51 million Americans are disabled and three in ten workers will become disabled at some point in their careers.
  • The average long-term disability absence is 2.5 years and one in five workers will be unable to work for at least a year before they retire.
  • Unexpected illnesses and injuries lead to 350,000 bankruptcies a year and 50% of foreclosures.

Moreover, many people are not sure whether or not their disabilities are covered by Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits. Although many understand that they can receive benefits when faced with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, heart disease, cancer, or HIV/AIDS, the majority of Americans are not aware that other conditions such as back pain, joint pain, chronic fatigue, diabetes, hypertension, fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, arthritis, and ADHD can also be covered. The only way to know if you are eligible for compensation is for you to consult a lawyer whose practice focuses on Social Security cases and apply for benefits.

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It can be extremely disheartening to have your Social Security application rejected. However, a rejection does not necessarily mean that you do not qualify for help. More likely, it simply means that you need to more thoroughly argue your case and present your evidence. At Johnson & Gilbert, we recognize exactly what the SSA needs to know and can assist you in collecting and organizing that information into a powerful argument.

If you are seeking Social Security Disability benefits in the state of Florida, call us today toll free at 1-(800) 556-8890 or fill out the form on this page for a free consultation. Whether you are in the application process or have already been denied, we can help you to better understand your case and ascertain how to more clearly argue your case. At Johnson & Gilbert, P.A., our attorneys and staff want to see you succeed over all else - even if we are unable to assist you, we will work to find you someone who can.

Johnson & Gilbert, PA, is located in Ormond Beach and serves the following Florida counties, cities, and towns:

In Volusia County: Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Ormond Beach, Holly Hill, Deland, Deltona, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Oak Hill, Enterprise, Allandale, Daytona Beach Shores, DeBary, Deleon Springs, Deltona Lakes, Glenwood, Lake Helen, Ormond by the Sea, Pierson, Ponce Inlet, Wilbur by the Sea. In Flagler County: Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Beverly Beach. In Putnam County: Palatka, Interlachen, Crescent City, East Palatka, Florahome, Pomona Park, San Mateo, Satsuma. In Seminole County: Sanford, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Winter Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Oviedo. In Lake County: Astor, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-in-the-Hills, Lady Lake, Lake Jem, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Monteverde, Mt. Dora, Mt. Plymouth, Paisley, Sorento, Tavares, The Villages, Umatilla, Yalaha. In Orange County: Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, Altoona, Apopka, Bay Lake, Christmas, Eatonville, Edgewood, Goldenrod, Gotha, Lake Buena Vista, McCoy AFB, Oakland, Ocoee, Plymouth, Tangerine, Windermere, Winter Garden, Zellwood. In St Johns County: St. Augustine, Elkton, Hasting, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine Beach. In Brevard County: Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, Melbourne, Mims, Cape Canaveral, Eau Gallie, Grant, Indian Harbour Beach, Indian River City, Kennedy Space Center, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village, Palm Bay, Patrick AFB, Rockledge, Scottsmoor, Sharpes, West Melbourne. In Osceola County: Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Celebration. In Polk County: Auburndale, Avon Park, Bartow, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Eaton Park, Fedhaven, Frostproof, Ft. Meade, Haines City, Highland Park, Hillcrest Heights, Homeland, Indian Lakes Estate, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Mulberry, Nichols, Nocatee, Polk City, Waverly, Winter Haven In Duval County: Jacksonville, Arlington, Atlantic Beach, Cecil Field, Ft. George, Harbor Oaks, Jacksonville Beach, Mandarin, Neptune Beach, South Jacksonville. In Marion County: Ocala, Anthony, Belleview, Candler, Citra, Dunnellon, Ft. McCoy, Lowell, McIntosh, Ocklawaha, Orange Lake, Orange Springs, Salt Springs, Silver Springs, Sparr, Summerfield, Weirsdale. In Alachua County: Gainesville, Alachua, Archer, Earleton, Hawthorne, High Springs, La Crosse, Melrose, Newberry, Waldo.