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VIDEO: Interview with Disability Attorney Anthony Castelli

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Reprinted with the kind permission of Celeste Cooper.

Each year in May, I make an effort to do at least one interview to raise awareness for fibromyalgia and other invisible illnesses.

This year I am the interviewer. I picked this topic for two reasons:

  1. I frequently see patient comments regarding denial of application for disability benefits.
  2. Anthony Castelli, Esq., attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio, was willing to give the interview to help patients understand the process.

If you or a family member or friend has significant symptoms or a disease that interferes with their ability to work, this is an hour you don’t want to miss.

Attorney Anthony Castelli has more than 30 years experience with Social Security Disability, Personal Injury, Worker’s Compensation and Wrongful Death.

We discuss:

  • The difference between SSI and SSDI
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance and SSA disability
  • When to apply
  • How to apply
  • Turned down, now what? The Appeal Process
  • The benefits of having a disability attorney
  • How the attorney is paid
  • Primary Doctor vs. Expert Witness
  • Engaging the primary doctor to write a report
  • The most important thing to remember
  • Resources

*Disclaimer: The time delay on my end is due to my Internet connection being from a phone hotspot. I apologize for any inconvenience.

About the author: Celeste Cooper is a retired RN, educator, fibromyalgia patient, and lead author of the Broken Body, Wounded Spirit, Balancing the See Saw of Chronic Pain, Fall Devotions devotional series (coauthor, Jeff Miller PhD), and Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection (coauthor, Jeff Miller PhD) She is a fibromyalgia expert for Dr. Oz, et al., at Sharecare.com, and she advocates for all chronic pain patients as a participant in the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy. You can read more educational information and about her books on her website, TheseThree.com.

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