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Social Security Hearing


Adding to my 11/16/09 post regarding Social Security Disability cases in the North Florida area – one of our Social Security Attorneys, Mark Papa, just forwarded me some interesting statistics regarding Social Security cases handled by the Jacksonville Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). At least we don’t live in Detroit is all I can say. Here are the stats: The most recent National Ranking Report ranks the Jacksonville Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (Jacksonville hearing office) 75th out of 142 hearing offices in the length of time it takes a claim to be heard. It takes Jacksonville ODAR 462 days or approximately 15 months to get to hearing from the time a Request for Hearing is filed.

The San Juan, Puerto Rico hearing office is ranked number 1 and takes the least amount of time at 272 days and the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania hearing office is ranked number 2 at 278 days. Detroit, Michigan and Fort Wayne, Indiana hearing offices are ranked second to last and last at 703 days and 704 days respectively.

The highest ranked Florida hearing office is Ft. Lauderdale, ranked 48th at 414 days.

In addition to the two Jacksonville Social Security Field Offices, Jacksonville ODAR also services the following field offices: Daytona Beach, Deland, Lake City, Marianna, Palatka, Panama City, Quincy, St. Augustine, and Tallahassee. If your claim was filed in one of these offices and you have not moved, your claim will be heard by a Social Security Judge from the Jacksonville hearing office. Don’t add to the delay – Call (800)251-1111 and speak with our outstanding team in the Social Security Department at the personal injury law firm of Harrell & Harrell or feel free to submit your confidential inquiry on our website. Either way, we look forward to assisting you.

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