A Supportive Knoxville Attorney for Social Security Disability Appeals
Two for You in eastern Tennessee for your SSD needs
Dealing with a disability that keeps you from working and supporting yourself is difficult enough, but it’s made even more so when you cannot seem to get the benefits you need through the Social Security disability (SSD) program. At Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law, we have helped hundreds of people secure the benefits they need, using a sound approach based on our top goal of aiding our friends and fellow community members throughout eastern Tennessee. We’re Two for You in Knoxville, and we’ve served our community with diligence and compassion since 1987. You can turn to us for the support you need when trying to navigate the SSD system.
Most initial SSD claims are denied
It’s a fact that millions of disabled individuals have had to deal with — the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies most claims for benefits the first time around. There are many reasons for denials, including your income is too high, your disability is not permanent enough, drugs and alcohol are allegedly hindering your recovery, or you haven’t pursued adequate medical treatment. If you’ve been denied, you should know that there are still plenty of options available to you. There’s a robust appeals process in place, and experienced Knoxville lawyers can help determine your next steps.
The complex SSD appeals process
There are a number of steps to the SSD appeals process, and they must be taken in the following order:
- Request for reconsideration. As soon as possible after receiving a denial notification, you should file for a reconsideration. When this happens, your local SSA office reviews your claim and any additional information you’ve decided to include with your request.
- Hearing with an administrative law judge. If you’re still denied benefits, you can request a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ). At this hearing, you and your attorney can present evidence of your disability and prove that you can no longer earn an income for yourself or your family.
- Appeals council hearing. If the ALJ determines your claim should be denied, you can take your case to an appeals council, which reviews the decision. The council can deny your request for review, return the claim back to the ALJ for another look or approve your claim outright.
- Federal district court hearing. Your last appeal option is to sue the SSA in federal district court. To do so, you should work with a skilled attorney who has experience with a wide range of Social Security disability claims.
The power of working with a knowledgeable SSD lawyer in Knoxville
You don’t have to back down after a denied SSD claim in Tennessee. Instead, call on the compassionate attorneys at Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law in Knoxville, a firm that has served the Smoky Mountain region for more than 25 years. To set up your free initial phone consultation, call 865.951.7268 or contact us online. Our office is conveniently located just off I-40 and I-75.