Social Security Disability
In order to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you must have physical and/or mental health problems severe enough to keep you from working a regular paying job for at least 12 months. The Social Security Administration uses extensive regulations to decide if you qualify for benefits. Your age, medical condition, skill set, training and work experience all will be taken into consideration.
Denied SSDI/SSI Benefits?
Two-thirds of applicants are denied Social Security Disability benefits the first time they apply. Unfortunately, that’s just part of the process and it does not mean you don’t qualify. Don’t be discouraged! A denial just means it’s time to file an appeal. Ask The Insiders of The McMahan Law Firm for help! But don’t hesitate, the Social Security Administration requires a benefits appeal be filed within 60 days of the date you received your denial.
After the first Social Security Disability benefits appeal, only about 15% of applicants get approval. This still does not mean you don’t qualify! If we are not already assisting with your case at this point in the process, ask The Insiders of The McMahan Law Firm for help in filing a request for hearing. This, too, must be filed within 60 days of the date you received denial of your appeal.
The Social Security Disability benefits hearing is the most important part of the appeal process. The Insiders of The McMahan Law Firm have the best chance of winning benefits for you at this hearing. More than 50% of all benefits hearings result in an award of benefits for our clients.
A Chattanooga Disability Attorney can help.
Representation by a disability attorney is not required, but if you are in the position of needing disability benefits, attorneys can expedite the process of getting you approved. Statistics show that applicants who have a disability attorney are more successful in getting their benefits approved than those who do not. Of course, it’s entirely your decision whether or not you want to hire a disability attorney. Remember, it’s free to Ask The Insiders about your Social Security Disability needs.
Isn’t a Disability Attorney Expensive?
The Social Security Administration regulates the fees charged by disability attorneys. Most Social Security Disability cases are accepted on the contingency fee basis of 25% of any past-due benefits received. Therefore, if you lose your disability claim there is no charge to you.