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Social Security Disability

  • Published: September 5, 2014

It’s common for disability claimants who have reached the hearing stage of the process to want to know exactly what the hearing will be like prior to the hearing date. They may ask their Ocala Social Security disability attorney for detailed questions about the judge, the questions or the procedure that will be followed. What the Social Security Hearing Procedure Will Entail Unfortunately, your Ocala Social Security disability attorney can tell you that the regulations do not set forth very detailed procedures for disability hearings. The stated purpose of the hearing is to provide an avenue for the administrative law judge to inquire fully into the issues, question you (the claimant) and other witnesses regarding your disability and review any…Read More

  • Published: September 5, 2014

Here are some common questions you might ask your Ocala Social Security disability lawyer have about your Social Security disability hearing. When will I receive notice of my decision after the hearing? The answer to this question varies a lot. The national average from the date of a hearing request until the decision is sent out is roughly 15.5 months, though your Ocala Social Security disability lawyer can tell you what he or she has observed. After a hearing is held, a decision is typically made in two to three months unless the judge has issued a bench decision right after the hearing. Once you are awarded a favorable decision, you will start to receive benefits in one to two months.…Read More

  • Published: August 28, 2014

ocala florida disability attorney Your Ocala Florida Disability Law Firm Explains Your Doctor’s Role in Your Claim Your doctor is the individual most familiar with your impairment and the treatment you have received for it. Your Ocala Florida disability attorney has explained below why your doctor’s opinion on your ability to work is important and how he should assess your impairment for the purposes of a disability claim. Your Ability to Work Your doctor’s professional opinion on your ability to work, subjective as it may be, will be quite important. Thus, your doctor should use his best medical judgment and expertise to assess your symptoms and determine whether or not they are consistent with a medical diagnosis. If this medical…Read More

  • Published: August 27, 2014

A Florida disability lawyer discusses witness testimony Many types of injuries and illnesses are difficult to verify using medical evidence alone. For example, many soft-tissue injuries cannot be seen on an MRI or x-ray. In addition to medical records, witness testimony can be helpful in establishing the nature and extent of a claimant’s illness or injuries. In some cases, a witness who gives poor testimony can do more harm than good, says a Florida disability lawyer. The most important thing for witnesses to remember when giving testimony is to include as much detail as possible. A Florida disability lawyer has prepared the following examples of poor versus strong witness testimony: Testimony from a friend Poor: The claimant can’t keep up…Read More

  • Published: August 27, 2014

If you have received notice that you have not been approved for Social Security benefits, you may feel disappointed and like you are at the end of the road. However, your Ocala Florida social security disability attorney can explain that many individuals are initially denied benefits but are subsequently approved after an appeal. Procedural Process Your Ocala Florida social security disability attorney can explain that there are several levels of adjudication for Social Security claims. First, there is the initial determination. This is followed by the reconsideration. After that, there is a hearing before an administrative law judge. If you have still been denied benefits at this point, your attorney may submit your claim for review by the Appeals Council.…Read More

  • Published: August 27, 2014

Many individuals mistakenly believe that they are not disabled "enough" to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. However, an Ocala Florida disability lawyer can explain how the Social Security Administration evaluates claims for benefits. Age Matters For example, your Ocala Florida disability lawyer can explain that Social Security regulations allow claimants to more easily qualify for benefits as they age. The process becomes easier for individuals age 45 or older to be qualified for benefits and even easier for individuals who are age 55 or older. General Rules Your Ocala Florida disability lawyer can explain that if you are 55 or older and an impairment has prevented you from completing any type of job within the last 15 years, you…Read More

  • Published: August 14, 2014

If you are seeking SSD benefits, then you must be ready to answer questions about your conditions from the ALJ or your lawyer at the disability hearing. A qualified Social Security disability attorney in Ocala will cover the important questions and find answers. Driver's License and Handicapped Parking Permit Do you currently have a driver's license? If you do not, did you ever have one in the past? Can you explain to your Social Security disability attorney in Ocala why you don't have a license right now? What are the specials restrictions on your driver's license, if any? Some examples include: Glasses. Times of day. Speed. Distance. Do you possess a handicapped parking permit? If there is an automobile you have regular…Read More

  • Published: August 12, 2014

An Ocala Florida Social Security disability lawyer can explain to you that claims for disability benefits often boil down to the consistency of your statements. The Social Security Administration (SSA) can determine the veracity of your statements by looking at what you said in previous claims, what you tell your doctors and even what your doctors say. Why Credibility is Important The descriptions of your own symptoms like the pain you feel, any shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and dizziness are usually your own descriptions of your impairment. However, an Ocala Florida Social Security disability lawyer will tell you that before the SSA reviews how these symptoms affect your ability to work, the SSA will have to determine if you truly suffer…Read More

  • Published: August 7, 2014

To prove a disability claim to the Social Security Administration (SSA), you will need to have a consistent background of complaints of pain, medical symptoms and even having sought medical treatment. A Florida disability attorney can help review the specific facts of your claim and explain to you what evidence you will need to help prove a consistent claim. Top Reasons Why Consistency is Important to a Florida Disability Attorney Some of the common factors that the Social Security Administration will review when determining the consistency of your claim, as explained by a Florida disability lawyer include: Whether the statements you make are consistent with the results of medical examinations, medical opinions and lab tests. A Florida disability attorney will review evidence…Read More

  • Published: August 5, 2014

Can a Social Security Disability Claim Be Made for Diabetes Mellitus? Clients with diabetes mellitus often ask a Social Security disability lawyer in Ocala whether they're qualified to receive benefits. A Social Security Disability Attorney in Ocala Will Explain How Diabetes Mellitus Can Result in Receiving Benefits Because it can affect the whole body and there are numerous complications linked to it, people suffering from diabetes mellitus can receive disability benefits. In order to win benefits, it must be proven that: 1) The diabetes is serious enough that it meets or equals a listing. 2) The diabetes stops you from performing jobs you've had in the past as well as other forms of employment that are present in sufficient volume…Read More

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