Video Hearings

There is a possibility that you will be scheduled for a video disability hearing rather than an in-person hearing. There are some disadvantages to video hearings, though, so let your Jacksonville Social Security disability lawyer know if you would prefer an in-person hearing. Scheduling Issues If you’ve been scheduled for a video hearing, you may want to request an in-person hearing instead. Unfortunately, you may lose the judge and date assigned when your hearing is rescheduled for an in-person hearing. Logistical Issues It can be difficult for your attorney to obtain the exhibit file with enough time to submit new evidence before your hearing. On the day of the hearing, your attorney will not be able to review the exhibit file since it will be with the judge. Your attorney will have to request that any new evidence submitted by SSA should be done in advance of the hearing so that he is able to review it. Expert Witnesses If an expert witness is to appear at your hearing, it will be up to the judge to decide whether he will be present via video. Your Disability Hearing If you have been scheduled for a video hearing, the decision is ultimately yours as to whether or not you would like to request an in-person hearing instead. Discuss any concerns you have with an attorney from your Jacksonville Social Security disability law firm before you decide. Call disability lawyer John Fagan today at 904-278-1000 for more information.

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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