Social Security Disability
60% of all applications are initially denied benefits, but do not be discouraged. If you have been denied benefits, contact an attorney immediately. One of our experienced Knoxville Social Security Disability lawyers can review your application and appeal the decision. If denied, you only have 60 days to appeal.We Take a Caring and Responsive Approach to Getting all the Social Security Disability Benefits You are Owed
When you’re out of work and in pain, you just can’t afford to miss out on all your disability benefits. Our experienced and responsive team is committed to serving Tennesseans who have been denied their Social Security Disability benefits with no upfront cost. After all, when you were working, money was taken from your paychecks. Now, when you need it most, it’s time to get all the benefits you’re entitled to. Let our Knoxville Social Security Disability attorneys help.What is a Disability?
If a physical or mental condition keeps you from being able to work, you may be eligible for Social Security benefits. The Social Security Act Defines “disability” as “the inability to engage in substantial gainful activity by reason of a medical determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve months.”What Types of Benefits are Available?
There are two main types of benefits available: Social Security Disability Insurance (Title 2) and Supplemental Security Income (Title 16). Both programs provide medical coverage for those who qualify. It is important to note that only those who have worked and paid taxes long enough to be insured for disability are eligible for SSDI. On the other hand, SSI is federal assistance for those who are disabled, but do not have the work credits necessary to be eligible for SSDI.
Delaying your application can result in a significant decrease in the benefits you may receive. So, don’t wait to apply. If you feel that your physical, mental, or a combination of both will prevent you from working, take action immediately and apply for the benefits you’ve been paying into ever since you started working.How Do I Apply?
You can apply for Social Security Disability online at Social Security Administration website or by calling toll free to 1-800-772-1213.
You do not need to pay an attorney to file your initial application. You should call an attorney immediately when your initial claim is denied.When Should I Apply?
If you suspect that your medical condition will not allow you to work for at least twelve consecutive months, you may be eligible for benefits. Don’t wait to apply. It can take eighteen to twenty-four months to work through the Social Security system. Any delay on your part may affect the type of benefits you are entitled to or the value of your benefits.What Happens When I Ask for Reconsideration?
Often, when you appeal, you will need to appear before an Administrative Law Judge who will make an independent decision regarding your application. This hearing is informal and the strict rules of evidence do not apply, but your testimony will be taken under oath. A vocational expert will likely testify at the hearing. You must be prepared to discuss your work history and why your medical condition, whether physical or psychological, prevents you from working any type of job. An experienced attorney can help prepare you for this hearing, ensure that all of your medical records have been properly submitted, and serve as your representative during the process.How Much Will an Attorney Cost?
Attorney fees are limited to 25% of back owed benefits or $6,000, whichever is less, and must be approved by the Social Security Administration. Our Social Security Disability attorneys will not receive a fee for their service unless you are awarded benefits and our attorney fees are not withheld from your regular monthly checks, but rather are taken from the amount of back benefits you are awarded. Our Knoxville Social Security Disability attorneys don’t get paid unless you win your claim.Schedule a Free Consultation Today
The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto are experienced, caring, and responsive Knoxville Social Security Disability lawyers committed to getting you all the benefits you are entitled to under the law. Call (865) 691-2777 to set up an initial consultation to discuss your Social Security Disability case or reach us through our convenient online form. With our contingency fee arrangement, you pay no attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you. Our office is conveniently located in Knoxville with plenty of free parking and easily accessible for all ranges of abilities.