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Has the Social Security Administration Denied Your Disability Claim?

Call a St. Petersburg - Clearwater Disability Attorney Who Can Help  

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 Application

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

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Eligible to Apply for Social Security Disability Payments?

Social Disability Benefits are Mailed to You

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.

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A Social Security Attorney
Can Make a Difference

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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.

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No Recovery...
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Trust an Experienced Disability Lawyer

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.

Honors & Awards

The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
The law firm of Russo & Russo is
honored to be included in the prestigious Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of
Preeminent Lawyers.

Top-rated Social Security Disability Law Firm
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Awarded only to law firms with the
highest level of skill, integrity,
and ethical standards.

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Colleen Russo was honored by the
Florida Supreme Court for her work as
a Guardian Ad Litem and her dedication
to the best interest of abused and
neglected children


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Colleen Russo served as President
of the St. Petersburg Junior League.
Her leadership took place during the international centennial celebration.

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.


 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.
  • bullet  Inadequate Documentation

    Your doctors may not have documented your disability and work restrictions in the medical records originally reviewed by the Social Security Administration.
  • bullet  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..
  • bullet  Depression was Overlooked

    The Social Security evaluator overlooked the debilitating effect of your depression as it relates to your inability to work.
  • bullet  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.
  • bullet 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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Dedicated to Helping the Disabled

St. Petersburg Social Securtiy Disability Attorney Colleen RussoColleen Russo
Attorney at Law

Long Standing Member,
The National Organization of Social Security  Claimants' Representatives

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(727) 578-0303
or 1-800-578-1970

Our Primary
St. Petersburg Office Location:

Baypoint Commerce Center - Koger Building
Corner of 9th Street N. and Gandy Blvd.
9721 Executive Center Dr. North, Suite #120
St. Petersburg, FL 33702   map

Consultations also Available at:
Ulmerton Road and 58th Street North
The Summit Building
Clearwater, Florida 33760

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  of representation and advocacy on behalf of
    persons who are seeking Social Security
                Disability benefits.

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