Before you have your case presented before an administrative law judge, your Orange Park disability lawyer will explain the process and be candid about your possible chance of success. If your Orange Park disability attorney believes that there has been an exaggeration of your symptoms, he or she will warn you about the importance of not exaggerating and the consequences of doing so.
Due to the concern of having an administrative law judge not believe in a witness’ credibility, some applicants minimize their impairments. During an initial consultation with an Orange Park disability lawyer, you may be asked a variety of questions about your impairments. If your lawyer believes that your impairment or symptoms are being minimized, he or she will be candid with you regarding this information.
Your attorney will also discuss the typical process involved in a hearing. He or she will inform you that the hearing is informal in nature. The administrative law judge is not an adversary. Your attorney can inform you that there is not usually a lot of hard cross-examination as may be seen in some trials. The judge may ask questions to get a better idea about your impairment and symptoms. If you have any special needs related to the hearing, such as being mobile, your attorney will address these, too, before the hearing.
Your attorney can also discuss the availability and usefulness of having certain witnesses testify on your behalf.
Learn More from an Orange Park Disability Lawyer
If you would like more information about how an attorney’s candor can help your case, contact John Fagan by calling 904-278-1000.
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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