Social Security Disability

If you are disabled our disability attorneys can help you obtain disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

What types of benefits are available?

The Social Security Administration provides assistance to people with disabilities under two different programs. Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) may be paid to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough to be “insured” as defined by the SSA. If you do not qualify for Disability Insurance benefits, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) which is paid based on financial need.

How does the Social Security Administration determine if I am disabled?

Social Security Administration will pay benefits only if it determines that you have a physical or mental impairment (or combination of impairments) that prevents you from doing not only the work you did before, but also that you cannot adjust to new work because of your medical conditions. In addition, to be eligible for benefits, your disability must have lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or result in death. The determination of whether you are disabled is based on your age, education, training, work experience and medical records and evaluations provided by your health care providers. The initial determination and the reconsideration of that determination is made by the State of Tennessee Disability Determination Section (DDS) based on the information and medical records that you and your doctors provide the DDS. When you appeal to an Administrative Law Judge the judge will make the determination based on evidence presented at a hearing as well as your entire record.

How do I apply for disability benefits?

The first step is to apply for disability benefits with the SSA. This can be done online, over the telephone, or in person at your local Social Security office and should be done as soon as you become disabled. If you are denied you should then ask for a reconsideration of the decision which must be done within 60 days of the initial decision. If you are denied at the reconsideration level, you should ask for a hearing before an administrative law judge which must be done within 60 days of the reconsideration decision. If you are denied at any level you should generally request an appeal to the next level rather than simply reapplying.

Do I need a lawyer to obtain Social Security Disability benefits?

You may represent yourself during this process; however, it is important to have an attorney represent you to gather the medical documentation and other evidence required to prove your disability according to the Social Security Administration rules and regulations. Our disability attorneys are are always willing to discuss cases with anyone considering filing for Social Security Disability benefits. If you or a relative is disabled and thinking about filing for Social Security Disability benefits contact our disability attorneys today at (615) 829-8259 to discuss your case.


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