Diary and Forms for Your Case

Orange Park Disability Attorney Along with explaining the process involved in a Social Security disability hearing and collecting your medical records, your Orange Park disability attorney will discuss other important aspects of your case. For example, he or she may discuss the need to keep a daily diary and which forms you should sign as part of your case.

Daily Diary

Your Orange Park disability attorney may recommend that you begin keeping a daily diary. This device may be helpful in helping you to prepare for your testimony, especially if you have difficulty remembering information or providing enough details. Your attorney may suggest keeping a daily record of your symptoms, their severity, your treatment and your reaction to this treatment. Additionally, this record can help quantify problems when you have an impairment that is based on a range of symptoms of different severities.


In order for an Orange Park disability lawyer to be able to represent you in your disability case, you must sign an Appointment of Representative form. Your attorney may also need you to sign other forms, such as those necessary to request a hearing, consent forms to obtain your medical information and forms authorizing your attorney to obtain employment documents.

Following Up

After your attorney has the necessary forms in hand, he or she can request your employment and medical records. Additionally, he or she can request reports from your healthcare providers, review these documents and determine if further evaluations will be necessary in your case. To get started with these tasks, contact John Fagan at (904) 278-1000.  

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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