Appealing Florida Social Security Disability Denials

If you have applied for Social Security disability benefits and have been denied, you should appeal your decision. If you have been denied a second time and are applying for a hearing, you should get the help of an experienced First Coast disability lawyer. Your denial letter will tell you how and within what period of time you will be able to appeal. Appealing an initial decision is called requesting reconsideration. If your reconsideration results in a second denial of benefits, you have sixty days to request a hearing. If you do not appeal a denial of benefits within sixty days, you will have to start over with a whole new application, which means that you might possibly lose some back benefits. Appealing in a timely fashions means getting through the bureaucracy of the Social Security claims and appeals process much more quickly. As with the application itself, you have three ways in which you can request reconsideration or a hearing. Online is the most convenient way, as you can do it at your own pace and convenience. If you do choose to appeal online, be sure to print and save the receipt to prove that you did appeal before the deadline. You can also call the Social Security Administration to arrange for your appeal to be handled by phone and by mail. The third option is in person; you can go to the Social Security office to directly submit an appeal. In this case, you should take your denial letter to the office with you and receive a signed copy of your appeal paper from a Social Security representative before you leave to prove that you appealed on time. If you have appealed the results of a reconsideration by requesting a hearing, securing legal help for the hearing can greatly increase your chances of receiving a favorable decision. Call First Coast disability lawyer John Fagan for a free consultation.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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