An Orange Park Social Security Lawyer Reviews Administrative Law Judge Decision and State Agency Determination Differences

An Orange Park Social Security lawyer can tell you that the manner in which a state agency and an administrative law judge (ALJ) approach the determination of disability may vary significantly. State Determinations When determining your ability to work, an Orange Park Social Security lawyer knows that state agencies infrequently examine anything other than the medical findings. They use the Listing of Impairments regularly to reach a determination of disability. Even though lawsuits have been instigated to challenge this, the Listing is often used as an unstated basis to deny disability, particularly for claimants younger than 50 years of age. A state agency will typically deny disability for a younger claimant if his or her impairment does not meet the Listings. Specific formulas are used by state agencies to determine what the residual functional capacity (FRC) is for specific medical impairments, which effectively lumps all claimants possessing similar medical findings together. An Orange Park Social Security lawyer knows that very few formulas conclude a claimant cannot perform an extensive variety of sedentary employment. ALJ Hearing Decisions Administrative law judges tend to look at medical findings as the parameter for possible RFCs, which may give rise to a disability determination. An Orange Park Social Security attorney is aware that ALJs tend to evaluate the whole case, along with your credibility, when determining which RFC comes most closely to describing your capability. More young claimants under 50 are found disabled by ALJs than state agencies because of their inability to perform sedentary work. Legal Counsel If you would like to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable Orange Park Social Security attorney regarding your claim, please contact First Coast Accident Lawyers by calling 904-278-1000. Call today to schedule a free 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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