Experienced Jackson Social Security Disability Lawyers Advocating for Clients
Protecting families and futures throughout Western Tennessee
You work hard to support yourself and your family. Have you given any thought to what might happen to those who depend on you if you should become too ill to work, or if you are diagnosed with a terminal illness? If you meet all of the other eligibility requirements, and you have a disabling physical or mental condition that is expected to last at least 12 months or will likely cause your death, you may be able to apply for Social Security Disability benefits.
If you have been working and earning a regular paycheck, you have been paying premiums towards Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for many years. SSDI comes from the same program as the Social Security retirement system. The experienced Jackson Social Security Disability attorneys of Bailey & Greer, PLLC, can help you through the initial application process or represent you should you need to appeal your case.
Qualifications for Social Security Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a broad list of physical and mental disabilities that qualify for benefits. Those who are disabled by conditions not included on this list may still qualify as long as they can provide medical evidence to show that they are unable to work. Also to be eligible, one must meet the employment history qualifications.
What can I do if my initial Social Security Disability claim has been denied?
The next step to take if your initial claim has been denied is to go through the reconsideration process. You only have 60 days after your claim is denied to request a reconsideration. Once that deadline expires, you will return to square one and be required to re-apply for benefits.
If you do not get approved at the reconsideration level, you can request an appeal with an administrative law judge (ALJ). If your hearing has an unfavorable outcome, you can file an appeal to the appeals council. Your final level of appeal is in federal district court.
How a Jackson Social Security Disability attorney can help you
Chances are, this will be your first attempt to file an application for Social Security Disability benefits. It requires completing a complex application, gathering medical evidence, and submitting them according to the Social Security Administration’s requirements. While you are not required to hire a lawyer, doing so will afford you the benefit of working with a professional who submits Social Security Disability Insurance applications for a living. Our attorneys are well versed in the complexities of gathering evidence and preparing a compelling case. Given the fact that only about 24%of Social Security Disability claims are approved at the initial application level, and another 8.7% of claims are approved at the reconsideration level (you can read the SSA data here), you might consider the benefit of working with an experienced, Jackson Social Security Disability attorney. Our familiarity with the system and knowledge of the program can increase the likelihood of getting approved and obtaining more back pay on your behalf.
Another benefit for claimants who are looking to hire a Social Security Disability attorney is that they work on a contingency fee basis. Rather than charging a retainer up front, they get paid only when you receive your benefits. This means that you enjoy the advantage of professional assistance without the need to pay out of pocket for it.
A Jackson, Tennessee law firm you can trust to guide you through the Social Security Disability application process
From our home office in Jackson, Tennessee, Bailey & Greer, PLLC, helps families in West Tennessee obtain the Social Security Disability benefits they need in order to protect themselves and provide for their families. You always work with the same lawyer on your case – a lawyer who is responsive to your needs. To schedule a free consultation or to learn more about Social Security Disability, please call 877-819-4414 or fill out our contact form today.