First Coast Disability Attorney John Fagan Gives Advice for Your Disability Hearing

As your hearing for Social Security disability benefits draws nearer, you may have some questions not directly related to the substance of your case. For instance, you may be wondering what you should wear or if you can bring your cell phone with you. In this article, First Coast disability attorney John Fagan gives tips on how to behave during your hearing. When should I get there? You should aim to be at the location given on your Notice of Hearing about a half-hour before the specified time. The Notice may tell you that you may arrive early to review your hearing exhibit file, but if you have a First Coast disability attorney, you do not have to. Your lawyer should have already reviewed your file. However, it is very important that you are not late. Administrative law judges usually begin hearings on time, and failure to appear at the hearing on your part may hurt your odds of success. What should I wear? Social Security disability hearings do not require a special dress code. There is no need to rent a suit. Just wear something that you would feel comfortable wearing in an office. Can I talk about my case outside of the hearing room? Even though the dress is informal, Social Security disability hearings are still very serious affairs. You should observe the proper decorum. Do not discuss your case outside the hearing room where someone might overhear and get the wrong impression. There are a lot of Social Security employees working where the hearings are held, and you do not want them to overhear you making light of your case. Can I have my cell phone with me? You may hold on to your cell phone. Just make sure it is off or silenced before the hearing starts. If you’ve been denied Social Security disability benefits, get the help you need from an experienced First Coast disability attorney who can help you appeal at the hearing level. Call John Fagan today to schedule a free initial 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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