Respected Knoxville Social Security Disability Lawyers
Helping you navigate the complex world of SSD
If you have suffered an injury or medical condition that leaves you disabled and unable to earn a living, there is a key social safety net available to you and your family in the form of Social Security disability (SSD). This program provides needed benefits to those whose disabilities are so severe that they can no longer work. At Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law, we help people throughout Knoxville and eastern Tennessee understand SSD and how the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines who is, and is not, eligible. We’ve practiced Social Security disability and personal injury law since 1987. We’re focused on helping you find success.
What is Social Security disability?
If you have a disability that prevents you from earning income for yourself or your family, you may be eligible for benefits from the SSA. The most common of these programs is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is only available if you’ve already worked for a certain period of time. These required “work credits” vary depending on your age and disability, although you must have worked for at least five out of the last 10 years before becoming disabled to qualify for the program.
This social safety net is critical for the well-being of millions of people across the United States. SSDI benefits may be anywhere from $700 to about $1,400 per month, depending on how much money you made before becoming disabled. Additionally, if you need to collect SSDI benefits for more than 24 months, you are then eligible for Medicare benefits, no matter how old you are. Low-income recipients may qualify for Medicaid right away.
Assistance with SSD claims and appeals
The SSA allows applicants to apply for benefits online to get the process started. After that, it’s important to contact your local SSA office, something with which a skilled attorney can help. While this step is not required, it ensures that you have included everything you need and that all your questions will be answered. Unfortunately, the SSA denies the majority of initial claims for benefits, so you want to be ready to appeal.
To appeal a denied claim, you must first file a request for reconsideration, which the SSA reviews. If you are still denied, you need to take your case to a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ), and then to an appeals council if you continue to receive denials. The final step is to take your claim to a federal district court, where you and your lawyer argue your case. Throughout this process, it’s critical to work with an experienced SSD attorney who is familiar with the complexities of appeals.
Get helpful legal guidance when filing for Social Security disability in Tennessee
Do you need help with SSD? Call on the experienced and compassionate attorneys at Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law in Knoxville today. To set up your free initial phone consultation, give us a call at 865.951.7268 or contact us online. Our team proudly serves individuals and families throughout Sevierville, East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountain region.