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Posted by a Social Security client, Flag
Mr. Viera did an excellent job representing me in my Social Security appeal, and won the appeal for me. Getting my case heard by a judge took nearly 3 years, during which I became discouraged more than once as it dragged on and on. Mr. Viera very diplomatically listened to my concerns and tactfully encouraged me to stick it out...to let the judge decide my appeal. It was very sound advice. Mr. Viera was always professional, never pushy. On the day of the hearing, we met for a brief discussion about what to expect during the hearing. I recall being impressed then by his thorough knowledge of the details of my medical conditions and their impact on my life and ability to work. He was extremely well prepared. If you are in need of an attorney to represent you on a Social Security appeal, I very highly recommend that you hire Mr. Viera.
Posted by Kathleen, a Social Security client, Flag
Mr, Viera came highly recommended. I have no regrets in obtaining his services as well as his office staff. Not only did he educate me, he explained everything. After two denials, he met with me and went over in detail everything that would take place. He successfully won my disability claim and I would not have been able to receive my final acceptance without his knowledge. I highly recommend him for anything that has to do with disability. His professionalism went along way.
Posted by Don, Flag
I was referred to Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett Pa. My attorney was Mr. Antonio Viera . and his Paralegal was Ms. Vicki Edwards. From the first day this company went to work on my behalf and managed my case with the utmost professionalism.. Tony Viera was a hands on take charge Attorney who knows his business! Everyone on the team kept me informed of the progress and communicated well, Vicki his Paralegal responded to all my inquires in a timely manor and provided me with all the answers needed. I trust this firm and there employees. I am pleased with the outcome of my case! I will recommend them to friends and family. thank you for a superb job.
Posted by Steven, a Social Security client, Flag
I was very reluctant to even try to obtain Social Security Disability. After talking to Mr. Viera, he made me realize that it was going to be OK no matter what the results were. I had worked hard all my life in Public Service as a Police Officer and was severly injured more than once on the job. Many surgeries had failed to fix some of the problems that made it impossible for me to function normally let alone work. Mr. Viera was friendly and referred me to counseling for my depression and feelings of worthlessness. He kept at the case, compiling a sixteen inch thick file of all the doctors and surgeries, medical records, statements from doctors etc. involved over the past 12 years.
Despite losing the first round he had warned me this was coming and not to give up. At the SSD Hearing he asked me simple questions and helped me through the story which let the Judge see my side for the first time. The Judge too was very sympathetic and seemed to care about setting it right. The end result was I received a check from Social Security within 30 days for back payments over $25,000 which cleared all my debts from not being able to work for the past two years and I will be receiving disability checks for the rest of my life. I could never have hoped to get through the system without a qualified attorney. Antonio L. Viera of Carlson-Meissner in Clearwater was the right choice and I would strongly reccommend him to anyone with a disability. He explains all of the process, what will likely happen, he was compassionate, and kept me informed weekly. The few times I had questions he got back to me within 24 hours every time, not his assitant but him personally.
Posted by Gina, a Social Security client, Flag
Attorney Viera was very professional and took care of all my needs in a timely fashion. I had another attorney who worked on my daughter's case prior to hiring attorney Viera but it was not working out. Mr. Viera took over and worked hard on our case. He kept me updated on the case and it was resolved quickly. I am grateful for the work he did.
Posted by Steven, a Social Security client, Flag
Antonio has been a godsend for me.his office and staff have been very professional and I would recommend this firm to anyone who wants results, I am so thankful to everyone who has helped me
through this hard time in my life.
overall I am very pleased with Antonio. Thanks again for all of your help Steven E. Wells
Posted by Christine, a Social Security client, Flag
When I was denied twice Mr.Viera had a 100% trust in my case that we would win in front of the Administrative Judge that he sent me for a third opinion, and the Administrative Judges ruling came back in my favor. I'm grateful to Mr.Viera for helping me get SSDI. He is a wonderful attorney and if I had to do this again I would go back to Mr.Viera. Thank you Mr.Viera.
Posted by Barbara, a Social Security client, Flag
I would highly recommend Antonio Viera to facilitate your Social Security/Disability needs. He is very personable, knowledgeable and definitely has his client's best interest at heart. He also has excellent staff working for him. Everyone in the office is very professional and cares to meet your needs in an expedient fashion. I was and am very pleased with my experience using Antonio Viera for my lawyer. You will be doing yourself a favor in this crazy world of Social Security for utilizing his expertise.
Posted by Jim, a Social Security client, Flag
My son was previously turned down for SSDI. At the time we did not pursue, but often wondered if we should have. I went to a meeting and met an associate of Mr. Viera. I explained my position and she suggested I call his office. A meeting was set up to go over our situation and provide background and updates. By the end of the meeting, I was convinced we had made the correct choice. He was positive every step of the way. He explained to us very clearly what the steps were and what the expectations were. The process took awhile but his positiveness never waned. A true professional and a credit to his profession.
Posted by Janet & Tim, a Social Security client, Flag
I would wholeheartedly without reservation recommend Antonio Viera and his staff to anyone who needs assistance with the Social Security system. He has always told us the truth, explained the laws to us and made himself & his staff at our disposal. Calls to his office are always returned within ten minutes or less! This law office treats you as if you are the only clients that matter! Many people were waiting the day of our hearing for disability, but my husband was the only one to get a favorable judgement. I believe that is due to all the hard work Mr. Viera and his paralegal, Vickie had done prior to the court date. Traumatic brain injuries are very difficult to prove. Mr. Viera and his team have a great reputation for getting positive outcomes on difficult cases. My husband and I are extremely happy with everything Attorney Viera and Vickie have done for us. Without them, we would've lost our home! They worked expeditiously and tirelessly on our case. They treated us like family. They represent the best of the best in Florida!
Posted by Delbert, a Social Security client, Flag
Tony Viera took me under his wing after I had received a non-favorable result from social security twice. I am a Viera fan and have great respect for his knowledge of the law. By his example he taught me determination with facing social security problems, as well as, the motivation to provide the proper documentation necessary to help me win my case. His office provided direct/indirect assistance, guidance and instruction related to my social security disability claim. His assistant, Vicky, was priceless. She kept me in 24/7 contact with Tony. Vicky always answered the phone and without her support I might have been lost. If you are looking to find a lawyer who sets high standards for his own personal performance, strives for quality work and puts forth that extra effort to ensure his quality of work, look no further than Antonio L. Viera. I was very confident in his ability to represent me. I believe he is a true champion inside the courtroom and out.
Posted by Ellie, a Social Security client, Flag
We were extremely happy with Tony Viera. He was bright, motivated and well versed in his field. His warmth and compassion was greatly appreciated. He communicated clearly and built a strong and concise case. He was well prepared and organized. Tony was a true professional and a kind human being.. I was delighted with his performance and the outcome of our case.
Posted by Andreana, a Social Security client, Flag
Mr Viera made my experience with the social security system as fast, to the point, undramatic and hassle-free as possible. Not only that, but Mr Viera is not more than a cell phone call away.
My doctor recommended the firm Carlson & Meissner and Mr Viera took on my case.
I am 25, and was seeking a SSDI case for Asperger's, social phobia and panic disorder. While my doctors did write very specific letters on behalf of my case, it is challenging proving that such a young, seemingly capable person would be unable to work. Asperger's in an "invisible disability". Mr Viera had prior experience with Asperger's. This is a very depressing demoralizing situation to have to resort to, but I had no other option. Mr Viera took the time to explain to me the over all purpose of an ALJ hearing, what I was trying to prove, and that I was very well deserving of getting SSDI. He also gave me a reassuring review of the court hearing the evening before. On the date of the ALJ hearing, Mr Viera had already known the judge handling the case, and answered every question of mine with patience and a gentle manner (which is appreciated very much). He suggested that we arrive about 40 minutes early to the ALJ meeting to show me where I would see the judge and again, what questions were going to be asked and why. But, mostly my mother's and my question's. While in the waiting area, I was keeping a major panic attack at bay, and Mr Viera's calm and reassuring attitude was a relief. I had asked many questions regarding the size of my file and all the papers in it and what would the process be if I get denied.
While the court session was going on, there wasn't any missing, late or incorrect paper work that I heard the judge remark upon. Mr. Viera was very specific and knowledgeable in his rebuttals to the vocational specialist and the judge understood how sever my condition was. I was quite emotional after the hearing and while we were walking to our cars, Mr Viera assured me that this is what SSDI is for, and that I should receive a favorable outcome, and than this experience will be worth it. He didn't belittle me or make me feel ashamed, rather he understood that this entire process was quite hard for me to make at 25. Needless to say, I was very well informed of what was going on with the hearing before, during it.
I had a very favorable decision. Shortly after I received the SSDI paperwork I also recieved threating, confusing medicaid and food stamp paperwork that couldn't be assisted by either parties. I contacted Mr Viera and he promptly answered the call and took about 15-20 minutes explaining the Retroactive payment schedule, and several questions about medicare. He also reassured me that I was well deserving and wish me a happier future with SSDI. I assumed that once he would get his $3,693.25 of the $14,773 retroactive he would dismiss me or seem too bothered to explain the post SSDI situation. I was pleasantly relieve he took the time.
Several of my friends who were sicker than I was, and had more prominent lawyer firms shared their SSDI denial stories and how their lawyers lied to them regarding their outcomes and were very difficult to contact. I had gone into this situation with lawyer's assuming they were the enemy and not to be trusted. This simply was not the case with Mr. Viera and his office staff.
I would recommend this lawyer to everyone who is inexperienced and intimidate with the social security process. In future, if I need any legal assistance, I will be contacting him. He is located in Clearwater and Tampa.