Social Security Disability Attorney Tells Conference: Veterans With PTSD Need Tough Advocate

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Joanne S. Wilburne, Esq., owner, Joanne S. Wilburne, P.A., spoke today about social security disability at a pre-conference session for the National Association of Disability Representative’ s (NADR's) 12th Annual Social Security Law Conference. The Conference is taking place in New Orleans at the Intercontinental Hotel from April 11th to April 13th, 2012.

Many of Joanne’s social security disability clients are veterans. “With countless numbers of troops being sent into combat zones and thousands of soldiers serving in multiple deployments, repeated tours of combat duty have led to a surge in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnoses,” Joanne pointed out. “There is a complex process involved when the Veteran’s Administration evaluates medical opinion and assigns a rating that determines whether a veteran qualifies for a PTSD service-connected disability. Veterans suffering from PTSD need a tough advocate when filing a claim or an appeal,” she said.

“Medical records play a vital role in establishing a social security disability claim,” she added. “More medical schools should offer a combined medical and law degree to prepare doctors to help all types of patients who face legal issues.” During the Conference, Dr. Steven Howell Carter PsyD, LP, psychologist is scheduled to address the important issue of analyzing medical evidence in cases involving diagnoses of PTSD, depression, and bipolar disorder.

Sharing the lectern with Leanne Hernandez, ADR, MPA, social security program representative for GENEX Services, Ms. Wilburne covered the complex topic of filing social security disability claims. The presentation covered all the steps from intake to appeals including various types of cases, practice tips and sample case studies based on actual cases.

With offices throughout central Florida, Joanne S. Wilburne, P.A. concentrates in social security disability and VA disability. In addition to court admissions in the U.S. Middle District of Florida and Florida Courts, Ms. Wilburne is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. In Social Security and V.A. matters, she is able to practice in all 50 states.

Based in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR) is a not-for-profit education-based organization. NADR is at the forefront of disability policy making in Washington, DC.

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