Medical History

Your disability lawyer in Jacksonville, FL will advise you that sometimes the administrative law judge will not ask you any questions concerning your medical history. He or she may allow the records, which consist of records from hospitals, physicians, and other medical providers who have furnished care and treatment, to speak for themselves.Disability lawyer in Jacksonville, FL Therefore, it is important that your disability lawyer in Jacksonville, FL makes sure that the hearing exhibit file contains every medical record that the judge may need. It may also be necessary to include physicians’ letters containing their opinion concerning your limitations and explanation of your medical condition. Medical History Questions Questions pertaining to your medical history may be asked by the judge. He or she may question you about the kinds of medications you take, their side effects, how much and how often you take them and how well they have worked for you. You may be questioned about your physicians, e.g., the different doctors you have seen, the number of times you have seen them and the type of treatment they have prescribed. You may also be asked questions concerning hospitalizations, your medical condition’s symptoms, and various treatments. Use of Technical Language Your disability lawyer in Jacksonville, FL will advise you to refrain from using technical medical language to answer the judge’s questions. It is usually best not even to attempt to explain what your physician tells you, what you may have read or heard concerning your medical condition, or what you may have heard from friends. Nevertheless, if the administrative law judge questions you about what your physician has relayed to you concerning your limitations or condition, make every attempt to quote what your doctor said as accurately and completely as possible. Do you have concerns or questions about your Social Security disability claim? To speak with a competent, experienced and knowledgeable disability lawyer in Jacksonville, FL 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.
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