Social Security Disability Claims

Q - Are there any the fees associated with filing Social Security Disability?
A - There are no upfront fees for filing your Social Security disability application. My fee is contingent upon your first qualifying for disability and second receiving backpay benefits.

Q - How many times do I need to be turned down before hiring an attorney?
A - Most attorneys will not represent you in your Social Security claim until you have been turned down twice. There are three determination levels; initial determination, reconsideration and hearing. My office will assist you at any level.

Q - What are the steps in filing Social Security Disability?
A - You need to either call 800-772-1213 or visit your area local Social Security Office. Also, you may visit and apply online.

Q - How long does it take to get a hearing date?
A - That depends upon your locality and Office of Disability and Appeals volume and or case load. Currently in the State of TN it can take up to 12 months from the date of request for a hearing. However, we may be able to get you approved without a hearing.

Q - What is the difference between SSI and SSDB?
A - Social Security Disability Benefits (Title II) is based upon your earnings and months of employment before you become disabled. SSI/Supplemental Security Income (Title VI) Benefits are for people who have never worked or who have not worked and paid disability insurance through their employers for a period of months prior to becoming disabled.

Q - What do I need before I become eligible for Disability Benefits?
A - You must have a medically determinable condition which prevents you from earning a living. You must have been seen by a medical doctor and have been told that you have some illness or condition or combination of conditions which the Social Security Administration will then use to determine your eligibility.

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