Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&A
- Workers' Compensation
- Personal Injury
- Social Security Disability
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- Car accidents
- Dog bite accidents
- Slip and Fall accidents
- Premises liability
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Contingent fee retainers for SSD, WC and PI cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- English: Spoken, Written
- National Organization of Social Security Claimant
- South Texas College of Law
- J.D. (2002)
- University of Mississippi
- B.A. (1999) | History
- Activities: Pi Beta Phi Sorority
- Program Excellence Award
- Ferguson White Inns of Court
- National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR)
- United States Middle District of Florida
- Florida State Bar Association  # 605476
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Articles & Publications
- Do Vocational Factors Still Have a Role Under the New PTD Standard
- The Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Section
- Attorney , ABC Tampa Bay Morning Blend legal segment Know Your Rights , Tampa
- This is a recurring weekly legal segment in which I discuss everything from workers' compensation, personal injury and social security disability.
12 Questions Answered
- Q. I filed for SSI disability earlier this year & my claim was denied. I didn't know what to do next?
- A: You should consult with an attorney who handles SSD claims. You only have 60 days to file an appeal of the denial. If you filed a new claim, then you should discuss with an attorney whether it was filed using the available dates of disability if you didn't appeal the prior decision. You may need to amend your alleged onset date of disability in the new claim. Best wishes.
- Q. I'm needing advise or representation in receiving social security benefits .
- A: They may be sending you to their on doctor if your doctors have not addressed permanent restrictions. They basically want a medical source statement commenting on your residual functional capacity (RFC). You must attend any and all appointments they set for you or you will be jeopardizing your claim. It can take many months for them to gather all the records and review the claim. I encourage you to retain a qualified SSD attorney if you get denied. You will only have 60 days to file an appeal from date of denial!
- Q. Workers Comp case Nurse Wants To Go in with me to my appointed Doctor's Appointment. Is she allowed?
- A: Workers' Comp can assign a Nurse Case Manager to your file. We refer to them as the NCM. The NCM can meet with your doctors with or without you present. However, as a matter of practice, I send a letter to the carrier and NCM (if one is assigned) advising them I represent the claimant and that the NCM may NOT attend any appointments with my client and their medical providers. I only allow the NCM to notify my clients of date/time/location of medical appointments. NCM are not your friends. They are hired by the WC adjuster. You should be nice to them but you can certainly forbid them from being in the exam room with you and your doctor. Do not be surprised, however, if they meet with the doctor right after your appointment. However, again they are allowed by law to meet with the doctors. Best wishes and I hope this helped.
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