Florida Social Security Disability Lawyer

Social Security Disability

The most important thing to remember if you are applying for Social Security disability benefits is that most people are denied at the initial application stage, including many people with legitimate claims. If you have a physical or mental condition that keeps you from being able to work, you should not give up. More than half of claimants who appeal their initial denial until they are given a hearing in front of a judge are approved for benefits. An experienced First Coast Social Security disability lawyer can increase these chances even further.

When evaluating your application for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration uses a five-step process. First, are you doing “substantial gainful activity”? If you are working and making more than a certain amount, you do not qualify for benefits. After all, you are telling the SSA that you are unable to work because of your disability. If you are currently working, this would seem to contradict your claim.

Second, is your condition “severe,” and can it be established through medical diagnostic techniques? This step is not as difficult as it may sound. The SSA considers an impairment to be severe if it limits your ability to do basic work activities. You do not need to be bedridden or totally unable to do anything for your impairment to be severe.

Third, is your impairment listed in the SSA’s “Listing of Impairments”? If so, and if its severity meets or equals a listing, you will be approved for benefits as long as your condition has lasted or is expected to last more than 12 months. You do not need to go on to steps four and five. If you do not have a listed impairment, you may still be approved for benefits if you meet steps four and five.

Fourth, can you return to “past relevant work”? In other words, can you return to the easiest job you have done in the past 15 years? The Social Security Administration will not look at whether you would actually be hired for such a job. They will merely consider whether you are physically and mentally able to perform the tasks of the job.

Finally, can you, considering your age, education, and work experience, perform any job that exists in significant numbers in the national economy? If not, you qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Social Security regulations can be complex and counterintuitive, which may be why so many claims are erroneously denied. A First Coast Social Security disability attorney can help you determine what you must prove to the Social Security Administration and the best way to present the facts of your claim.

For a free evaluation, please contact John Fagan.

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Paul Wheat
Paul Wheat
19:06 07 Jan 19
Over all it was not bad.. dealing with work comp I found that very few are on your side and no matter who you are, you are now viewed as a lazy criminal. Debbie was great and communication was clear. Dave did his job but nothing more. I do not feel I was prepared for what I heard in mediation to the extent of the numbers.. as an office 4 stars.. Debbie... 5 stars... the experience... well I'm sorry anyone is even looking for an attorney for help.read more
Dawn Battle
Dawn Battle
18:56 07 Jan 19
Had a wonderful experience at The Fagan Law Firm! Mr. Daze was wonderful to work with, full of wisdom and helped me get my settlement quickly. Would use this law firm again!read more
Maria Galarza
Maria Galarza
15:00 13 Nov 18
My experience was not very pleasant, first we were new clients without any experience about car accidents for that reason we did not know how the process will be or how long that could last. When we started the process we never got explained step by step how will work. We expected more communication from the person in charge of the case in our case was Adrianne, She never answered a call and when I sent emails I did not get an answer on time, most of the time it took more than 48 hours for her to respond and I was not pleased with the answer of my question (leaving me with doubts about what I was asking) when the case of property damage part was finally over with her, the case goes on demand for the insurer which never I saw some copy but I have to clarify that Mrs Daphne nail was very kind.read more
Kristen Rosepiler
Kristen Rosepiler
22:41 19 Oct 18
First off, if I could give Daphne ZERO stars, I would. She was terrible with communication! She could never accept a phone call, I always had to leave messages that she never returned, and didn't even call me on SCHEDULED conference calls. The three stars is only because of my beginning experiences..... My case was transferred to Adrienne, if you have a case here, REQUEST HER. She was such a breath of fresh air. She kept me updated via email about everything. I understand that a lot of phone tag happens during these cases, but she kept me updated on everything. Not a week went by that she didn't tell me what was going on. She fought very hard for me to get my bills and med pay down so that my settlement was better. In the end, she turned an awful experience into a good one. She definitely deserves 5 stars!! Thanks!read more
Chaos with the Christopher's
Chaos with the Christopher's
13:07 09 Oct 18
I don't reccomend this attorney at all. They drug my case out for 6 years. I went 8m without them contacting me. They aren't genuinely for you. I was told that my case wasn't putting any money in their pockets. That's when I knew I had to fire them. 6 years too long! I reccomend Byrd & Byrd!read more
Rand Peterson
Rand Peterson
17:26 28 Aug 17
John Fagan did an exceptional job in dealing with my accident claim. Daphne was also a key player in the settlement that I received. I would definitely use John Fagan (and Daphne) again if the need would ever arise in the future.read more
Joan Brackin
Joan Brackin
22:08 28 Jun 17
The challenges that my daughter has experienced since her car accident last summer have been many. This law firm and their supportive staff have always had an open ear and were only a phone call or email away to answer questions regarding getting her the medical help that she has needed. I highly recommend this group of people to be there in your time of need.read more
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Alicia Williams
18:32 28 Jun 17
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Rick Bartley
18:10 28 Jun 17
So far top notch group of staff. From account manager's that are on top of it and get answers quick to John Fagan being available when needed. Couldn't ask for a better law firm to represent my case.read more
Sandra Danner
Sandra Danner
22:56 23 Jun 17
I really wish I had called John Fagan firm to be on my side a couple years ago after an accident. I did not hire any representation and have always felt like the insurance company cheated me from a fair settlement. It was a time I needed to feel like I had family on my side and everyone at this law firm will treat you like family. John is an especially amazing community advocate. Don't make the mistake I did! Call John Fagan law firm today!read more
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