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A Tampa Disability Attorney Who Can Assist You With Your Social Security Claim

When you hire Mike Murburg as your Tampa disability attorney, you will be represented by Mr. Murburg from the start of your claim to the end. Unlike other firms that handle personal injury and advertise that they are attorneys who practice Social Security disability law as well, attorney Mike Murburg has been a practicing Social Security disability lawyer virtually exclusively since 1992.

Some Social Security disability lawyers and firms advertise on television, saying they practice as Social Security disability lawyers; yet, they assign your case to an inexperienced first-year attorney fresh out of law school. Mike Murburg has over 30 years of experience in handling Social Security disability claims.

Some firms will sign you as a client and then after a long wait, send a new unseasoned attorney to meet you on the morning of your trial. At the Law Offices of Mike Murburg, P.A., you can actually meet your attorney as early as the very beginning of your case. Thereafter, your case will go through a pre-trial workup. Mike has extensive skills as a Tampa Social Security disability attorney, and he ensures that all of his clients receive the experience and attention that only he can offer.

So, What Does it Take to Win a Social Security (or RRB) Disability Case?

A Look at the Process

Mike Murburg has taught Social Security Disability law and lectured to attorney and disability representative organizations in the past. Consequently, he is often asked, “What does it take to win my disability case?”  This can be a complicated answer. Other than simply saying, “preparation and performance,” the answer can be explained in a bit more depth.

When you file a Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) disability claim, you expect your claim to be approved fast, but normally, it will not be. Over some people’s lifetime, the amount of disability benefits received may reach over a million dollars. Because the people who evaluate your claim may get reprimanded for awarding a claim, they tend to err on the side of not awarding you your benefits at the early stages of the claim.  Moreover, unbeknownst to you within the first 90 days of filing your claim, the Social Security Administration (and the RRB) will have at least one or two of their own physicians review the medical record and state why you do not qualify either medically or vocationally for your benefits, as opposed to why you should be granted the benefits you deserve.

To make matters worse, as your claim progresses, the Administration will send you to one, two or three of “their” doctors, not to render a report on how ill you are, but to advise on how well you can do in just a minute or two of testing. Mike has had more than one of these doctors tell him, “Mike, I give the Administration what they want.  If I give them reports that say how bad a person is, then I get no more referrals and lose the income.”

This is why it is important to have an experienced Tampa disability attorney onboard with your case as soon as possible. If you can work with an attorney early, we can make sure that you have the necessary direction and forms for your own treating doctors to obtain the medical opinions necessary to prove that you are disabled.

Because “disability” is an administrative and vocational determination, eventually your case will make its way to the chambers of an Administrative Law Judge (or “hearing officer” in an RRB case) where the judge will have to decide whether there are any jobs that you can do that exist in the national economy in sufficient numbers. There will be a vocational expert there who is hired by the Administration to determine the jobs that you can still do given what all the doctors have said about your residual functional capacity. They are very talented experts who almost always find jobs that you can do and quite often, they are jobs that you have never heard of or would ever think that you would do. Still, if the judge believes that you can do at least one of these jobs, your claim is dead in its tracks. Again, that’s where having an experienced Tampa disability attorney counts.

Hiring a Tampa Disability Attorney Can Help

Many have wondered about the success rates of represented Social Security disability claimants as opposed to those who are not represented by an attorney. The first study of this kind was undertaken by the Government Accounting Office and reported by the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives (NOSSCR) in 2018. Statistically, attorneys like Mike Murburg obtained results for their clients that were 300% higher than those who were without a lawyer in court. While that is not surprising, sadly, that is a 3 to 1 ratio.

According to the NOSSCR March 2018 Newsletter, a February 2018 Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of hearings-level allowance rates for Social Security disability claims showed that “claimants who had representatives, such as an attorney (or family member), were allowed benefits at a rate nearly three times higher than those without representatives.”  The report explains that this is, in part, due to the representatives’ ability to select claims that are likely to be successful. However, the report also quotes SSA officials, stating that “the representative can help the claimant by ensuring that the medical evidence and other records are fully developed and help the claimant to present their case at a hearing.”

Although NOSSCR and its members already believed in the value of representation, it is helpful to have validation from an official source. Notably, Tampa disability attorney Mike Murburg has been an NOSSCR member in good standing since 1996 and looks forward to evaluating and helping you win your case.

Experience Matters When Choosing a Tampa Disability Attorney

Mike Murburg is a Social Security disability attorney licensed to practice in all Social Security Disability and RRB Administrative Court matters. Mr. Murburg is a member of the Florida Bar, Washington State Bar, the Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Attorney Mike Murburg is available to assist you in your Social Security disability legal matters from your initial consultation up to the United States Supreme Court level. Though over 90% of our cases involve Social Security Disability, SSI and related matters, Mr. Murburg is also able to provide legal representation for people who need assistance with Railroad Retirement Disability (a unique subspecies of Federal disability matters much like SSDI/SSI) and has been doing so for over a decade.

Our Clients

As a Tampa Social Security disability law firm, we limit our practice to cases involving claims for Social Security Disability Benefits/SSDI, Supplemental Security Income/SSI and related claims and Federal Railroad Retirement Board Disability Benefits.

Our Cases:  SSD for Common Diseases

Being a Social Security disability attorney who has represented thousands of clients and handled their cases over the past three decades, Mike is no stranger to trying both the common and uncommon cases for Social Security (and RRB) disability.  In 30 years, he has handled virtually all of the Social Security Administration’s disabling conditions. As a leading counsel and Tampa disability attorney, Mr. Murburg has personally prosecuted to conclusion a minimum of 5,000 Social Security disability cases and has won over $40 million in back benefits for his clients. As a Tampa disability attorney, Mike has routinely handled thousands of cases for adults and children who suffer from the following afflictions recognized by the Social Security Administration as “Disabling Conditions:”

  • Physical Disabilities and Musculoskeletal Disorders and Impairments like osteoarthritis
  • Mental Disorders like schizophrenia, severe depression, mental retardation, Asperger’s and autism
  • Psychiatric Disorders like Bipolar I and II disorders, anxiety, panic attacks and PTSD
  • Immune System Disorders like HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Orthopedic Disorders like amputations, arthritis, fractures, severe burns and psoriasis
  • Musculoskeletal System Problems like herniated discs, carpal tunnel, scoliosis and broken bones
  • Respiratory Illnesses like asthma, COPD, lung transplants, emphysema and pulmonary dysfunction
  • Multiple Impairments of the Body like cerebral palsy, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy and Lyme disease
  • Digestive Tract Problems like Crohn’s disease, colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and IBD
  • Impairments to Speech and the Senses like deafness, hearing loss and blindness (partial and complete)
  • Cardiovascular Disorders like stroke, heart attacks, blockages/failures and coronary artery disease
  • Disorders of the Endocrine System like Diabetes Mellitus I and II, Neuropathy and Obesity*
  • Neurological Disorders like epilepsy, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy and TBI
  • Malignant Neoplastic Disorders like cancers, lymphoma, leukemia and MRSA
  • Migraines including severe headaches, as well as sleep disorders
  • Fibromyalgia, Meniere’s disease and Myasthenia gravis
  • Genitourinary Impairments like chronic kidney stones. renal disease, interstitial cystitis, myelofibrosis, chronic kidney disease and chronic hemodialysis
  • Hematological Disorders like Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Hemophilia
  • Vocational disabilities and any combination of the above that interfere with our client’s ability to work

*Please note that obesity by itself is no longer considered a basis for granting disability.  Also, both alcoholism and drug addiction have been taken off the list. That said, if a claimant’s disability stems from alcohol or drug dependence and such dependence is a material contributing factor to the claimant’s disability, the claimant will not be eligible for benefits. The same is true for anyone who is claiming disability while incarcerated in a state penitentiary as a convicted felon.

Get a Free Consultation From a Tampa Disability Attorney. No Costs or Fees Unless You Win

Our Social Security disability case evaluations are always done for free and are completed by qualified Tampa Social Security disability lawyer Mike Murburg. Case evaluations are typically done on the same day as your initial call. Our Social Security disability fees are set by federal law and are capped at 25% of past due benefits. The fees are paid out of a client’s back award of benefits. No fees or costs are ever due upfront to retain Mr. Murburg as your Tampa disability attorney. We understand the needs of our clients and we work for our clients on a contingency basis only. Our clients are never charged a fee or asked to reimburse Mike and pay costs unless we are successful in obtaining a decision or verdict in their favor.

Simply put, if we do not win, you do not have to pay us for anything. There is no small print or hidden lines or costs. It is just that simple. We earn our daily living and our reputation one case at a time. Our main office is located in Tampa.  That is why we like to call ourselves your Tampa Social Security disability lawyers; however, even if you live outside of our general area, we look forward to serving you via the internet and telephone at 813-264-5363 or at any of our other Tampa Bay Area locations.

Our Geographical Area

As a Tampa disability attorney, Mike’s practice is both local and regional. He most often handles cases at the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Ocala, Jacksonville and Orlando Social Security Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review. Mike also appears frequently before SSA and RRB Administrative Law Judges in Jacksonville and throughout the country. Because he will not abandon his clients merely because they may move outside of the State of Florida, Mr. Murburg has also represented claimants and tried Social Security disability and Railroad Retirement Board disability cases as far south as Puerto Rico and as far north as Bangor, Maine, as well as cities and hubs in Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, New York, Indianapolis and Philadelphia.  That is why we are a Tampa Bay Social Security disability law firm with a recognized SSDI and RRB national practice.

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