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How Do I Appeal the Decision Made on My Claim?

The four levels of appeal as follows: 1. Reconsideration 2. Hearing 3. Appeals Council Review of the Hearing Decision 4. Civil Suit in Federal Court. If your initial claim is denied, you have 60 days (plus five days mail time) from the date on your notice to file an appeal. The first appeal is a Request for Reconsideration. If the Reconsideration is denied, you have 60 days to file a Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. At the initial and reconsideration levels, your claim is reviewed by the Division of Disability Determination Services. Unfortunately, approximately 90% of all claims are denied at the initial...

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What Can I Expect at a Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge?

At the hearing, you will appear and give testimony under oath regarding your pain and other symptoms and how your symptoms limit your ability to perform every day tasks such as cooking, grocery shopping, household chores, driving, and engaging in social activities. This testimony is evidence that the judge must consider along with the medical evidence in your file when making a decision regarding your ability to perform work activities. The judge may also have a vocational expert appear at the hearing to give testimony as to whether a hypothetical person of your age, education, work history, impairments, and functional limitations...

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If My Claim Is Awarded, How Long Will I Receive Benefits?

Once you qualify for disability benefits, you may continue to receive the benefits as long as you remain medically disabled and unable to perform substantial gainful work. *Click here for a FREE copy of "Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" Answering these broad-based questions isn't easy. Help is a phone call away. You can contact Nancy Cavey, an experienced long-term disability attorney at 727-894-3188. ...

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Am I Entitled to Medical Benefits If I Win My Case?

You will be automatically enrolled in Medicare after getting disability benefits for twenty-four (24) months. The Social Security Administration starts counting the 24 months from the first month you were entitled to disability benefits, not the first month you actually receive the first check. *Click here for a FREE copy of "Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" Answering these broad-based questions isn't easy. Help is a phone call away. You can contact Nancy Cavey, an experienced long-term disability attorney at 727-894-3188. ...

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What You Can Expect If You Meet With Our Firm: No Miracles, Just Hard Work!

First, we will not promise you miracles or that we can win your case. We will promise that our firm will do the best possible job. Our hard work will provide you with the best there is in legal assistance to do all that is possible to obtain your Social Security Disability benefits. We will thoroughly investigate your case, obtain your medical records, and develop the medical and/or vocational evidence to make sure that your story is fully and accurately presented to the Social Security Administration. We will contact your physicians and asked them to complete and sign the appropriate Residual Functional...

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How We Will Work Together

First I will review the facts of your case with you, ask you questions, and discuss your options. Once I have a clear understanding of your case, I will give you an opinion, including the chance of winning, what must be done to accomplish this and what problems we might have with your case. All cases are different, so my opinion will be based on what I think your best avenue of attack will be under the specific facts and circumstances of your case. I will explain your Social Security Disability rights to you, together with your obligations as a...

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Your Greatest Enemy Is Delay!

If you are disabled and believe that you qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must start the application process as soon as possible and, if necessary, doggedly pursue all appeals. Keep in mind that the goal is to obtain benefits that will allow you to meet your daily living expenses and provide you with access to quality health care. Remember, you are not asking for a handout! You're asking to receive the benefits that you have earned and are entitled too! If you do not know what you should do to get help, pick up your telephone and call our...

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Social Security Benefits Entitlement | Know Your Claim

To be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits, you have to have medical evidence. That includes evidence of your physical and/or mental problems and your functional restrictions and limitations. Your complaints of pain are not good enough for the Administrative Law Judge to award Social Security Disability benefits. Therefore, at The Law Offices of Nancy L. Cavey, your St. Petersburg Social Security Disability benefits lawyers, we suggest that you regularly treat with a physician to establish your physical and/or psychiatric impairment and restrictions and limitations. If you have lost your medical insurance, we suggest you seek out a county facility...

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Tampa Bay Area Social Security Disability Attorneys Denied Information and Listings of Impairments

As we previously explained in earlier posts the Social Security Administration uses a five step evaluation process to determine whether or not you are entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration, Step 3, determines whether or not you have an impairment. The Social Security Administration publishes a list of impairments “Disability Evaluation under Social Security.” The listing of impairment book is blue and is commonly referred to as the “Blue Book.” The listing of impairment Blue Book contains listings of over 100 physical and/or mental impairments recognized by the Social Security Administration to be potentially disabling. The listing in the Blue...

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Four Tips To Win Your Social Security Disability Claim | Tampa Bay Social Security Attorneys at The Law Offices of Nancy L. Cavey | Social Security Disability Claims | SSD Lawyers

At The Law Offices of Nancy L. Cavey, your Tampa Bay Social Security Disability Law Firm, we know that applying for Social Security Disability can be confusing and time consuming. There is alot of paperwork, calls and delay. Nancy Cavey, an attorney who represents people in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area in their Social Security claims, has Four tips that will help you win your Social Security Disability claim: Tip #1:  Never give up and appeal every denial. 60% of the initial applications are denied. The next step is to file a Request for Reconsideration and, unfortunately about 60% of the Request for...

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