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Colleen Russo is a Social Security Disability Lawyer with extensive experience in the handling of Social Security Administration “Requests for Reconsideration,” appeals and hearings routinely heard before Administrative Law Judges. It is important to note that if your initial Social Security Disability application for benefits is denied, you only have sixty days from notice of their decision within which to file an appeal with the Social Security Administration. (SSA) Your failure to timely do so, may cause you to waive your entitlement to the monetary benefits you are seeking. An experienced Social Security Disability Attorney can often recognize the reason your initial application, Claim for Benefits, or Request for Reconsideration was denied, and address the weaknesses in your case to file an effective appeal.
Social Security Disability is a Federal program that pays out benefits to disabled workers. It is supported by social security taxes that were witheld from each of your paychecks. Benefits are paid out as long as you meet the definition of “disabled.” The amount of money you are entitled to will depend on how long you worked and how much you have earned
Social Security Administration (SSA)
uses a specialized definition of
“disability” that is very
strict. In essence, the SSA
requires that you suffer from a
medical condition that causes
you to be unable to perform in any of
your previous jobs and
that you cannot adjust to
performing other full-time work you are qualified to do. Further,
the disability must be expected
to last for at least one year or
to result in death.
You should know that an experienced St. Petersburg / Clearwater Social Security Disability lawyer can have an enormous effect on your chances for success when you apply for Social Security Disability benefits. I have over 27 years experience in helping the disabled. I am also a long time member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives. This organization is strongly dedicated to preserving the rights and dignity of the disabled.Read More
Our initial consultation is always free. You do not pay any fee unless we win your Social Security Disability case. If you receive a favorable decision, our legal fee is paid directly by the Social Security Administration out of the past due benefits that you are awarded.
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We handle Social Security Disability ( SSD ) cases and appeals arising out of the Tampa Bay area in Pinellas County, Florida including clients who reside in the communities of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Gulfport, Largo, Pinellas Park, St. Pete Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Safety Harbor , Madeira Beach, Seminole, Redington Shores, Redington Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Tarpon Springs, Odessa, Kenneth City, Holiday, Spring Hill, Hudson, Zephyrhills, Dunedin, Ozona, Bellair Bluffs, Belleair Beach, Palm Harbor, Treasure Island, Indian Shores, Tierra Verde, Bay Pines, Bellair Shores, South Pasadena, Crystal Beach, and Pasadena.
Insufficient Doctor VisitsYou may not have seen your doctor a sufficient number of times to adequately establish your illness or physical limitations before you made application for Social Security Disability benefits.
Inadequate DocumentationYour doctors may not have documented your disability and work restrictions in the medical records originally reviewed by the Social Security Administration.
Intangible SymptomsThe level of pain and anxiety are difficult to properly measure as described in your written Social Security Disability application Form M-44P or Form M-44A..
Depression was OverlookedThe Social Security evaluator overlooked the debilitating effect of your depression as it relates to your inability to work.
Effect of Multiple Conditions May
have Been Ignored
Your Credibility was in QuestionYour credibility was questioned as a result of a perceived exaggeration in your Social Security Disability application that was in truth only caused by your inexperience in the administrative process.
Attorney at Law
The National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives
St. Petersburg Office Location:
Baypoint Commerce Center - Koger Building
Corner of 9th Street N. and Gandy Blvd.
9721 Executive Center Dr. North, Suite #120
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Consultations also Available at:
Ulmerton Road and 58th Street North
The Summit Building
Clearwater, Florida 33760