About SSD Appeals

A Jacksonville disability attorney will tell you that if your Social Security disability application is denied, you have 60 days to file an appeal for reconsideration. But what if you miss that deadline? Unfortunately, you will need to start from square one. A re-do may also cost you back benefits, since your application date and qualification date would change. For these reasons, a timely appeal is essential. Even if you still will be denied at the next step, the timely appeal becomes important. Otherwise your wait for a decision or benefits will take longer. If your application is headed toward the ultimate phase of a hearing, it is better to get before a judge sooner rather than later to state your case.Jacksonville disability attorney The Appeals Process If you have been denied at the first application phase, then you have received a letter explaining your first level of appeal, known as reconsideration. The next level of appeal (if reconsideration is denied) is to request a hearing. Again, the deadline is 60 days to file. Be sure to respond immediately. It is easy to do by calling the Social Security Administration and following the agency’s mail-in instructions. You can also visit your local office—you should bring your denial letter with you and get a copy of your signed and dated appeals paper, which proves you appealed on time. If you prefer to go online to file your appeal, visit https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/iAppeals/ap001.jsp. Print a receipt before you log off. For more information or expert local legal representation, contact Jacksonville disability attorneys First Coast Disability Lawyers at 904-215-5555 for a 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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