How the Disability Hearing Will Proceed

Your Social Security attorney in Jacksonville will inform you that your disability hearing may begin with the judge reciting your Social Security disability claim history and announcing what issues need to be determined. 120479274 While it is true that the judge will usually declare what is necessary for you to prove regarding your claim, he or she will seldom present the matter in a simple and concise manner. Instead he or she may say that you must be “unable to perform substantial gainful activity which exists in significant numbers in the economy, considering your age, education and work experience,” before the Social Security Administration can find that you are disabled and eligible for disability benefits. You may get the faulty impression from a statement like this that you must be bedridden in order to qualify for benefits. If the Judge Questions You Your Social Security attorney in Jacksonville will advise you that you will most likely then be questioned by the judge. If you are well prepared beforehand to testify, your attorney may not need to question you. If not, the judge will then allow your attorney to ask questions. Sometimes the administrative law judge expects the majority of questioning to be handled by the attorney. In a case like this you should attempt to answer the questions your Social Security attorney in Jacksonville asks as if you were talking to a stranger. Because you know your attorney is familiar with your case it can be easy to answer questions incompletely. However, you should always be aware that the judge is not as familiar with your case and does not know how you will answer a question. Assume the judge has no knowledge of your case even though he or she has most likely read your file at some time before the hearing. Answer every question your attorney asks in a complete and clear manner in order to explain everything thoroughly to the judge. Contact Us Are you contemplating filing a Social Security disability claim? Do you have questions and concerns about your Social Security disability claim? To speak with an experienced and knowledgeable Social Security Attorney in Jacksonville, please call First Coast Disability 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.
This entry was posted in Social Security Disability. Bookmark the permalink.