How Can I Determine If I Am Disabled Enough for Disability Benefits?

Your Jacksonville disability attorney is aware that as you get older the Social Security regulations make it easier for you to be determined disabled. For some people it is easier at age 45 (for those who cannot read English), while for a few more people it becomes easier at age 50. For most people at age 55 it is easier, and it becomes easier still for even more people at age 60. You should definitely apply for benefits if you are 55 or older and you are not able to do any job you have done in the past 15 years. If you are 50 or older you should apply if you have a severe impairment that prevents you from performing all but the easiest jobs.Jacksonville disability attorney   Even if you are a younger person, your Jacksonville Social Security attorney will advise you that it not necessary for you to be bedridden in order to be determined disabled. It is usually enough if you are younger than 45 or 50 and cannot work full-time at any regular job, and you are not able to do your past jobs.   However, in the eyes of the Social Security Administration (SSA), being found disabled and being unable to work are two different things. While not impossible, it is often difficult to persuade the SSA to render a disability determination for someone who genuinely cannot work.   Your Jacksonville disability attorney will advise you to apply for disability benefits if you really are unable to work, and to keep appealing any denials of benefits at least until you obtain a hearing before an administrative law judge. Should you be denied at the hearing, an experienced lawyer will sometimes be able to figure out a way to win your case by appealing to the Appeals Council.   If you would like to talk with an experienced and competent Jacksonville disability attorney about your Social Security case, please contact First Coast Accident Lawyers at 904-215-5555.

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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