Claimant’s representatives vs. claimant’s attorneys

Some who appeal the social security administrations denial of their application for disability insurance benefits (SSDI) or supplemental security income benefits (SSI) do not always understand who they have hired to represent them. A representative at the Hearing level conducted in front of an Administrative Law Judge need not be a licensed lawyer. Non-lawyer representatives … Continue reading “Claimant’s representatives vs. claimant’s attorneys”

Fire Damages and personal injuries

The cold season has arrived. Be careful with space heaters, wood burning stoves, fireplaces, any device used to heat the home. These can all be deadly or cause substantial property loss. There is a reason we see public service announcements every year about this time. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of … Continue reading “Fire Damages and personal injuries”

Disability denials up.

The internet allows lawyers from all across the country that represent claimants to compare notes on how cases are being decided. Every last one shares the opinion that it has never been harder to get a favorable ruling. If you apply for social security disability insurance or supplemental security income and are denied push back, … Continue reading “Disability denials up.”

Credibility critical to Disability determinations

When discussing appealing the denial of a social security disability application I will have a 90 minute to two hour conversation with clients in my Gainesville office. One important topic we discuss is credibility before the Administrative Law Judge. Often cases are decided by whether the judge believes the claimant’s symptoms are as serious as … Continue reading “Credibility critical to Disability determinations”

Florida meningitis claims continue to rise

The Gainesville Sun reported The Florida Department of Health has confirmed another case of meningitis in the Alachua/Marion County areas. This case is said to be in a man who received a pain shot 5 weeks ago. Dr. Armstrong, the state health secretary said the average incubation period is 14 to 81 days. Three of … Continue reading “Florida meningitis claims continue to rise”

Fungal meningitis claims continue.

Ten more people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis, bringing the grand total of cases up to 308—including the first case in Georgia, which becomes the 17th state to report an infection. Thus far, the outbreak has killed 23 people.  The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is much shorter than traditional statute of limitations … Continue reading “Fungal meningitis claims continue.”

Workers comp claims into Personal injuries into Social security claims

On occasion injuries from a work related accident can result in personal injury claims against a negligent person who is not a co-worker (co-workers generally receive immunity from these claims as does the employer) or against the manufacturer of a product that caused an injury. For instance you might be hit in a car accident … Continue reading “Workers comp claims into Personal injuries into Social security claims”

Social Security Disability Law

When I sit down with new clients in Gainesville or anywhere to discuss appeals of the denial of their SSDI or SSI applications one misunderstanding that recurs is believing that proof of being unable to perform past work will entitle an applicant to disability benefits. While this proof is necessary, an applicant must also prove that … Continue reading “Social Security Disability Law”