If You Don’t Understand the Basic Things of a Social Security Disability Claim, You’ll Hate Yourself Later When Your Claim is Denied

The Social Security Disability claims process is daunting, that’s doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t apply or that you should give up when you have been denied. Rather, every Social Security Disability claim requiresBasics of a Social Security Disability Claim perseverance. But, even before you apply for Social Security Disability there are several basic things we at Cavey and Barrett, your Tampa Bay Social Security Disability attorney’s think you should know:

Take the time to do it right.

You are going to have a lot of paper work to complete and this is paperwork that should be taken very seriously. Among the questions that are going to be asked is information about your employment history for the last fifteen years, information about the medical treatment you have received, the medication you are taking, the side effects of the medication and your activities of daily living.

You might think that just because your doctor says you are disabled that you don’t have to fill out these forms. Absolutely wrong!

Take the time to accurately and completely gather this information before you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, do it right the first time!

Even if you do it right the first time, expect a denial at stages one and two. Did I just contradict myself? No, unfortunately, many Social Security Disability applicants are denied at the initial application stage and even at the request for reconsideration stage, despite the fact that they are disabled.

It is important you understand that you have 60 days in which to appeal your denial and file a request for reconsideration, if not you get to start all over. The same holds true with a request for reconsideration.

The faster you fill out your request for reconsideration, the faster you will get your second denial, so you can move on to the most important stage in the Social Security Disability case, the application for hearing. Cavey and Barrett know that you have the best chance of being approved at the hearing level, when you have an opportunity to present your case to the administration law judge.

Getting your medical records.

At Cavey and Barrett, your Tampa Bay Social Security Disability attorneys, we get your medical records from your physician and we don’t give up! If your doctor is a little slow in getting your medical records we will make a phone call to them so that we make sure that not only we get your correct medical records but that the Social Security Administration gets those records.

More importantly, Sharon Barrett, former Social Security Disability staff attorney in the Tampa office, knows the importance of getting your doctor to fill out what is called a residual functional capacity form. This form will help explain any restrictions and limitation your doctor has assigned, your problems with functionality, side effects of medication, and the impact pain has on your ability to function.

Making financial plans.

In the Tampa Bay area it can take almost two years to get a Social Security Disability hearing. It is important that you have financial resources to get you through this difficult period. There are circumstances in which we can ask for what is called an expedited hearing. If, for example, your house is being foreclosed on, or your life is threatened because of your disability, we can request an expedited hearing.

At Cavey and Barrett, we have written the go to guide for Pinellas County and Hillsborough County residences who are thinking about or have applied for Social Security benefits. You can order your free, no obligation copy of our book, Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits.

If you would like more information about your rights regarding Social Security Disability Benefits, you can order our FREE book,"Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" by submitting the form in the sidebar. We will send it out immediately along with other important information.

For more information about Social Security Disability Benefits, visit our law firm web site at CaveyLaw.com. If you would like to speak with one of our Social Security Disability Benefits attorneys about your case, feel free to call us anytime at (727) 897-9117 or simply submit our contact form and we will get back to you quickly.

The Blueprint for Finding the Right Social Security Disability Attorney for You in the Tampa Bay Area

Social Security Disability Attorney BlueprintHere, in the Tampa Bay area, it takes almost two years for the typical Social Security Disability applicant to work their way through the Social Security Disability process.

We, at Cavey and Barrett, believe that finding the right Social Security representative can help you through the Social Security Disability process quickly and give you a sense of confidence and peace of mind.

The Social Security Disability claims process is confusing and complicated, Sharon Barrett, former Social Security Disability attorney, knows that the stakes are quite high. Without Social Security Disability income benefits and Medicare assistance, you might not be able to make ends meet and get the medical treatment you desperately need.

At Cavey and Barrett, we created a blueprint for finding the right Social Security Disability attorney for you:

  1. Ask a knowledgeable and experienced organization for attorneys that represent individuals like in applying for Social Security Disability benefits.

You should seek assistance from an experienced Social Security Disability attorney who understands the Social Security Disability claims process. Don’t be fooled by companies who have multiple representatives all over the United States who tell you that they can help you despite the fact that they are thousands of miles away from you.

At Cavey and Barrett, we believe that it is important that we have a local attorney represent you who can work closely with your physician to secure the necessary medical documentation that will develop the medical evidence that will help you win your Social Security Disability claim.

  1. Ask whether the attorney has experience representing someone who has your medical condition.

Did you know that there is a disability impairment guide with hundreds of medical conditions from psychiatric conditions, to back injuries, to arthritis, to diabetes and everything in between.

It is important that each case be personalized so that the Social Security Administration understands your unique medical and vocational situation. One size doesn’t fit all!

  1. Keeping you informed about the progress of  your Social Security Disability claim.

Unfortunately, at Cavey and Barrett, we often hear complaints from dissatisfied Social Security Disability applicants looking to change legal representation because they have not been regularly updated on the progress of their Social Security Disability case.

At Cavey and Barrett, we provide regular in person meetings and phone calls with our clients. We copy you with all of the correspondence in your case. Communication is key to a winning Social Security Disability case.

  1. Their success rate.

If an attorney advertises that 100% of every Social Security claim was won, you know that doesn’t happen. However, you should make sure that the attorney who represents you has a great success rate in getting the client Social Security Disability benefits.

If you follow this blue print, you’ll select the right Social Security Disability attorney to represent you in your Tampa Bay Social Security Disability claim.

If you would like more information about your rights regarding Social Security Disability Benefits, you can order our FREE book,"Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" by submitting the form in the sidebar. We will send it out immediately along with other important information.

For more information about Social Security Disability Benefits, visit our law firm web site at CaveyLaw.com. If you would like to speak with one of our Social Security Disability Benefits attorneys about your case, feel free to call us anytime at (727) 897-9117 or simply submit our contact form and we will get back to you quickly.

Getting Rid of the Sleepless Nights While You Wait for Your Social Security Disability Hearing: An “On the Record” Decision

Cant Sleep Disability HearingIf you’ve applied for Social Security Disability benefits and are 55 years or older, unable to perform your past relevant work, and are limited to unskilled work, you might be entitled to what’s called “on the record” decision. This is a request, made prior to a hearing by your attorney for a fully favorable decision granting your Social Security Disability claim. An “on the record” decision is granted when there is clear cut evidence of your functional limitations and it’s clear that once the Social Security Administration went through the 5 Step Sequential Evaluation, you’d be found disabled.

At Cavey and Barrett, we prepare a written hearing memorandum prior to the administrative hearing in front of the Social Security judge. We ask the judge to read the memorandum, review your disability claim and issue an on the record decision without having a hearing.

At Cavey and Barrett, we know that one way to get rid of your sleepless nights while you are waiting for your Social Security Disability benefits is to request an on the record decision prior to your Social Security Disability hearing. Need help with your Social Security disability claim? Contact us today or call 727-894-3188 now.

If you would like more information about your rights regarding Social Security Disability Benefits, you can order our FREE book,"Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" by submitting the form in the sidebar. We will send it out immediately along with other important information.

For more information about Social Security Disability Benefits, visit our law firm web site at CaveyLaw.com. If you would like to speak with one of our Social Security Disability Benefits attorneys about your case, feel free to call us anytime at (727) 897-9117 or simply submit our contact form and we will get back to you quickly.

FAQ: What’s the Social Security Administration’s Definition of “Disability”?

Definition of Disability in Social Security ClaimsThe definition of disability for Social Security purposes is not the same that you’ll find in Webster’s dictionary. The Social Security Administration defines “disability” as the “inability of claimants to engage in any substantial, gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical and mental impairment and can be expected to last for a continuous period of twelve months or more or results in death.”

What a complicated definition. If you don’t understand that definition, you very well may lose your claim for Social Security Disability benefits. At Cavey and Barrett, we’ve written the must read guidebook Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits, which explains this crucial definition of disability.

Don’t let a mistake in filing your Social Security Disability claim without understanding the definition of disability. If you need a help with your disability claim in St. Petersburg Tampa, contact us today 727-894-3188.

If you would like more information about your rights regarding Social Security Disability Benefits, you can order our FREE book,"Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" by submitting the form in the sidebar. We will send it out immediately along with other important information.

For more information about Social Security Disability Benefits, visit our law firm web site at CaveyLaw.com. If you would like to speak with one of our Social Security Disability Benefits attorneys about your case, feel free to call us anytime at (727) 897-9117 or simply submit our contact form and we will get back to you quickly.

What’s the Family Medical Leave Act?

The Family Medical Leave Act lets workers take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year without losing their job. However, to be eligible for the Family Medical Leave Act you must show that there is a serious health condition that you suffer from or that you are caring for an immediate family member who has a serious health condition. When you are on FMLA your health insurance benefits must continue.

The FMLA only applies to employees of private companies that have 50 or more employees who work within 75 miles of the employer’s work-site. You need to have worked for the employer for at least a year and you need to have worked at least 1250 hours during the 12 months immediately prior to your leave.

Employees who work for public agencies or public or private elementary or secondary schools are eligible for the FMLA regardless of the number of employees.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at www.caveylaw.com or give us a call at 727-894-3188.

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