Jacksonville Social Security attorneys know that many medical-vocational rules apply to disability determinations. For example, the Social Security Administration (SSA), which runs the disability program, decides what work a claimant can perform while still being qualified as disabled.
The work activities that someone can still do despite a disability are called their “residual functional capacity” or RFC. Can the person still do any of the work they have done in the past 15 years? That is a key question. If a claimant cannot perform past work, then what work can they still perform? To figure this out, the SSA uses a reference manual to define sedentary, light or medium work jobs.
Next the SSA looks at factors including age, education, and experience. The SSA uses a table that combines these factors to determine whether someone is disabled. It’s all done by the book.
About drug and alcohol
Just because a person is an alcoholic or drug abuser does notnecessarily mean they are not disabled.If he or she were to stop using drugs or alcohol, would the person still be unable to work? If so, then disability may be found.
For example, consider a case in which alcohol abuse has led to liver disease. If a doctor says that discontinuation of drinking will heal the person, then the individual will not be found disabled. But, if the doctor says that the person will remain unable to work,even if he or she quit drinking, then they are disabled. It is not material that the drug or alcohol abuse may have caused the disease in the first place.
As you can tell, the rules are pretty strict and very complicated. For more information about your disability claim, work with a local legal pro. Call the Jacksonville Social Security attorneys at First Coast Disability Lawyers, 904-215-5555.
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.
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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