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Nashville Social Security Disability Lawyers

We help clients to file claims and appeal denials for Disability benefits in Tennessee

If you have been injured or have fallen ill and are unable to work, you may meet the necessary requirements for Social Security Disability benefits (SSD). This tax-funded, federal insurance program managed by the United States Social Security Administration (SSA) provides financial help to people in your situation, either temporarily or permanently. However, navigating the process to obtain SSD benefits requires a thorough knowledge of the relevant laws, deadlines, and legal protocols involved.

If you believe you are eligible for SSDI benefits and reside in Tennessee, do not try to tackle this process on your own. Call now or fill out our website form to speak with an experienced Nashville Social Security Disability lawyer at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm today.

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Did you Know?

72% of Social Security Disability claims are denied each year in Tennessee, according to the U.S. Office of Accountability.

Your odds of being allowed Social Security Disability benefits are 3 times higher with a lawyer, according to the same study.

Am I eligible for Social Security Disability in Tennessee?

SHORT ANSWER: Well, it’s complicated.

If you want to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance in Tennessee, you must first determine whether you meet the necessary eligibility requirements.

Here are some of the things the Social Security Administration considers when reviewing your application:

  • Have you worked enough years recently in jobs that withhold Social Security?
  • Are you unable to do the work that you once did?
  • Do you have a disabling condition which has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least one year, or to eventually result in your death?
  • Does your condition appear on the Social Security Administration’s list of disabling conditions?
  • Have you worked during the last year? How much did you earn?

Contact one of our Nashville Social Security Disability attorneys if you have questions about the requirements at 615-425-2500.

How much could Social Security Disability pay?

SHORT ANSWER: It depends on how many work credits you’ve earned.

What are “Work Credits”? In 2019, the Social Security Administration will award 1 work credit for every $1360 in wages you bring home. The number of work credits vary dependent upon your age, and when you become disabled.

The average benefit is $1,234 a month but that amount is not guaranteed,  and can be less or up to $2,861

Qualifying conditions for Disability benefits

The Social Security Administration has a listing of physical and mental impairments (commonly referred to as the "Blue Book”) that can keep people from being able to work. Simply having been diagnosed with one of these disorders does not automatically qualify a person for Disability benefits, but these diagnoses may increase your chances of getting approved.

How long will the process take?

SHORT ANSWER: It can take between 90 and 120 days to find out if your application for Social Security Disability has been approved or denied.

Step 1: A claims examiner at Tennessee’s Disability Determination Services Office (DDS) checks your records to verify that you meet the non-medical eligibility requirements including age, employment, marital status, Social Security coverage information, and other factors.

Step 2: A doctor reviews your application in regard to the medical evidence and evaluates whether your disability meets certain criteria.

Step 3: Some applicants are referred to physicians for in-person examinations.

Step 4: You’re notified whether your application has been approved or denied.

Please see the infographic "5 Ways to Increase Your Chances for Social Security Disability" to see how you can avoid delays in the filing process. If you have questions, give us a call at 615-425-2500.

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Why should I hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

SHORT ANSWER: It’s the smartest thing to do.

Here’s why:

  • The outcome can affect you and your family for the rest of your lives.
  • The process is complex and time-sensitive.
  • The odds of winning are 3 times higher with a lawyer.
  • An SSD lawyer can help you navigate the process and avoid potential mistakes.
  • An SSD lawyer knows how to ensure there is both a sufficient amount and the right types of documentation in your record to support a favorable decision.
  • An SSD lawyer can ensures the right evidence is presented at a hearing.