Has the Social Security Administration Denied Your Disability Claim?
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.
What Is Social Security Disability (SSDI)?
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. Learn More
Eligible to Apply for Social Security Disability Payments?
The 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. Learn More
A Social Security Attorney Can Make a Difference.
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. Learn More
No Recovery… No Fee.
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. Free Consultation
Why You May
Have Been Denied
Insufficient Doctor Visits
You 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 Documentation
Your doctors may not have documented your disability and work restrictions in the medical records originally reviewed by the Social Security Administration.
- Intangible Symptoms
The 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 Overlooked
The 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
The Social Security evaluator may have overlooked the resulting disabling effect caused by the combination of two or more of your illnesses/injuries.
- Your Credibility was in Question
Your 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.
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Have a Question for Colleen Russo?
Contact St. Petersburg – Clearwater Social Security Disability Lawyer Colleen Russo for a free consultation. Use this form or call:
Office: (727) 578-0303 or Toll Free: 1-800-578-1970
Mrs. Russo is one of the best people I've ever worked with, not just the best lawyer. My disability appeal would not have been approved without her. Her knowledge and expertise were invaluable. The staff was also always very helpful. I couldn't recommend someone more highly.
Colleen Russo is the most professional and knowledgeable attorney, bar none. I went to her with a problem and she had it solved very quickly and fairly. I could not have been more satisfied. The office personnel wonderful and very helpful. There was no feeling or intimidation as often is the case when going to a lawyer for legal help. Everyone made you feel comfortable and at ease. Mrs. Russo listened patiently to my problem and then explained things to me in terms that I could understand. Due to her skill and diligence, our case was ruled in my favor. Thanks to Colleen Russo , I now enjoy a quality of life that would not have been possible without her help. Should you ever need to seek legal help, do yourself a favor and call Colleen Russo.