Shea Fugate is the founder and principal attorney at the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A., located in Maitland and Orlando. Ms. Fugate concentrates her practice in the areas of disability law and elder law, helping the elderly and disabled in Florida plan for and receive appropriate care and benefits without depleting their vital financial resources.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Fugate worked for a disability law firm for seven years, serving as a social security disability (SSD) case manager and even writing appeals for the firm. This same firm later hired Ms. Fugate as an attorney, where she continued her focus on disability, including federal court appeals. Most disability lawyers are only familiar with the administrative side of SSD claims; few attorneys take the next step and fight SSD denials in court.
Ms. Fugate is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and the St. Thomas School of Law in Miami, where she graduated with honors. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1996 and is licensed to practice in all Florida state courts as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She is additionally accredited by the Veteran’s Administration to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Ms. Fugate has served as a seminar speaker on social security disability topics and is an active member of NOSSCR – the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. She has also given speeches and seminars on Medicaid Entitlement and various elder law topics. Ms. Fugate is a founding member of the National Alliance of Attorneys for Alzheimer’s Planning and a member of the Federal Bar Association.
Most people try to go about their SSD application process by themselves. No law mandates you to engage the services of a disability Attorney for your disability claims. However, records show that people who consult a disability attorney at the initial stage of their disability application stand better chances of having their process approved. You must contact a disability attorney from the initial stage of your application process. It is good that a disability attorney who understands the disability process begins your case with you to avoid any errors. Regardless, you may have begun your disability claim already without the assistance of a disability attorney. You can still contact one in between the process. If your disability claim has been denied, contact a disability attorney to help you file an appeal of reconsideration. Feel free to contact our Maitland disability attorney for a free consultation at any time.
In case you are wondering how exactly a Maitland disability attorney can be of help to your disability application, here is what to expect.
DRAFT INITIAL APPLICATION
Unlike you, this is not a disability attorney’s first time drafting a disability claim. A disability attorney has drafted several disability claims previously and seen the outcome and understood the system. Disability attorneys know what should be in a disability claim and what should not be there. Having one review your case and draft your initial process gives your claim a greater likelihood of being granted.
GATHER NECESSARY EVIDENCE
Getting the necessary evidence required to accompany your disability claim is one of the most important steps to winning your disability claim. You may not know what medical evidence is needed to solidify your claim but an experienced disability does. Our Maitland disability attorney will investigate your case and obtain the needed medical evidence from your doctor
FILE AN APPEAL AND REPRESENT YOU IN THE HEARING
A qualified Maitland disability attorney will assist you to file an appeal if your initial disability claim is denied. Disability processes require professional assistance. Usually, an appeal comes before an Administrative Law Judge(ALJ) and a hearing follows. A disability attorney has been through such appeal processes so will comfortably draft a good appeal process on your behalf and represent you all through the course of the hearing. Prepare you for the questions the ALJ will throw at you and back up your claims with solid evidence and case laws.