Most workers pay into Social Security with every paycheck. What they may not know is that some of that payment goes to provide disabled workers with disability benefits. It is a program designed to pay a person monthly in the event they become disabled before the age of retirement. Although many initial applications for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are approved, many others are denied — often for no obvious reason and to the surprise and dismay of the applicant. If denial occurs, it is important to consult an experienced Social Security Disability, SSD, attorney for help.
At The Cave Law Firm, PLLC, our lawyers help people whose initial application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits was turned down. They are very experienced in these types of cases. Founded in 1974, our law firm is a family-run business dedicated to helping people resolve their legal problems. We have offices in Greeneville and Kingsport, but serve all of East Tennessee. If you have become disabled, have paid into the Social Security system, and meet the eligibility criteria, we can help you pursue benefits.
Am I Eligible to Receive SSD Benefits?
Eligibility for disability benefits sounds simple: If you are unable to engage in gainful activity appropriate to your age, education, and past work experience because of a physical or mental disability, you should be eligible to receive SSD benefits. In other words, if you cannot work for physical or mental reasons before the age of retirement you should be eligible. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration has strict and complex requirements for documenting disability, completing forms, and presenting evidence.
Even the smallest mistake can result in the denial of your application. If your initial claim was denied for any reason, it is important to seek help with the process so that you can obtain the benefits you need and deserve. Call The Cave Law Firm for legal assistance if your SSD claim has been denied for any reason. Our attorneys are experienced in this area and can help you navigate the next steps.
How Can a Lawyer Help?
Here are some of the things our law firm can do to help clients obtain SSD benefits:
- Obtain medical records
- Appear with you at hearings or interviews
- Request and appear at reconsideration hearings and appeals council reviews
- Prepare you and your witnesses for hearings before the administrative law judge in Kingsport
- Examine witnesses at hearings
How Do I Pay the Attorney?
Legal fees for SSD claims are determined by statute. By law, legal fees are no more than 25% of any benefits you receive, including back benefits. This means that if your claim is never approved, we do not get paid.