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 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 is ODAR? Social Security Disability Questions

ODAR is an acronym. Once your Request for Hearing is received by the Social Security Administration it is forwarded with your file to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review known as ODAR.

They will send you a letter confirming receipt of your case and will review it to see whether or not hey can issue a favorable decision without scheduling a hearing. If not, you get to wait in line as your case waits its turn to be prepared for hearing.

The file is prepared for and reviewed by an administrative law judge and scheduled for a hearing, unfortunately in the Tampa Bay area, this can take almost twenty-four months.

You will receive notification from ODAR of the hearing date in the mail 20 days in advance and if you have an attorney, such as Social Security Disability benefits denied attorney Sharon Barrett, they will also be notified.

It is important in this twenty four month period of time that you continue to get medical treatment and that medical records be obtained to document your continuing disability. Sharon Barrett, Tampa Bay area Social Security Disability attorney, monitors the progress of your file within the ODAR office, updates your file with medical records, submitting them to ODAR, and notifies you of the hearing.

If you have any questions contact us at or give us a call at 727-894-3188.

Social Security Subpoenaing Medical Records

The Social Security Administration can issue a subpoena for your medical records upon written request to the administrative law judge. While this is rarely done, the administrative law judge does have the power to issue subpoenas.

At Cavey & Barrett, we feel that the administrative law judge should not have to exercise that power because we submit all relevant medical records from your treating physician to the administrative law judge when making the determination of your entitlement to Social Security benefits.

If you have any questions regarding your rights to Social Security Disability benefits, contact Social Security Disability attorney Sharon Barrett, your St. Petersburg based Social Security Disability attorney at or give her a call at 727-894-3188.

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 or give us a call at 727-894-3188.

Will the number of sick days, vacation days or personal days I have accumulated impact my continued health insurance coverage?

If you have healthcare insurance through your employer, we at Cavey & Barrett suggest that you use those days before resigning. Any part of the premium you have to pay for your health insurance will continue to be deducted from your paycheck.

This will allow you to keep health insurance coverage at your employer’s expense until you are terminated.

If you have any more questions feel free to contact us at or call us at 727-894-3188.

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