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Maryville Social Security Disability Lawyers Help You Obtain Benefits

Serving East Tennessee families with advocacy for Social Security Disability benefits

The federal government provides disability benefits for those who are unable to work because of a physical or mental disability. There are qualifications that you must meet, and simply having a disabling condition does not automatically qualify you to receive benefits.

At Shepherd and Associates, P.C. our Maryville Social Security Disability attorneys help those who are suffering from permanent disabilities which prevent them from working and providing for themselves and their families, obtain the benefits they need. If you live in Madisonville, Oak Ridge, Lenoir City or anywhere throughout East Tennessee, and you are suffering from a permanent disability, or a disease or condition that has been diagnosed as fatal, we are here to do whatever we can to help you obtain disability benefits.

What is Social Security Disability Insurance?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), is one of the disability programs offered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSDI provides benefits for workers who qualify, who have become too disabled to work. Disabled workers who have accrued enough work credits receive their Social Security retirement benefits early. How much you receive in Disability benefits each month is based on your Social Security income record.

What is SSI?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is disability benefits that are awarded to disabled or blind adults and children based on financial need.

What is required to qualify for SSI or SSDI benefits?

While both programs provide disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income qualifications are based on level of disability and low income, and Social Security Disability Insurance is based on disability and accrued years of work credits.

For both programs, you must be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. National or a naturalized alien. You must be blind or have a disabling condition that makes you unable to work for 12 months or longer, or have a terminal medical condition.

For Supplemental Security Income, you must have medical evidence that proves your disability will last for 12 months or longer, and your income must be below SSI income standards, which vary by state. If you are approved to receive SSI benefits, your financial records will be verified each year.

How might I benefit from working with an experienced Maryville Social Security Disability attorney?

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a time consuming and complicated process. When you are dealing with an illness or injury that prevents you from working or participating in the activities of daily living, trying to deal with completing the application, gathering medical evidence, understanding how to answer the questions. The national average Social Security Disability Insurance approval is 46%, with 368 days’ average case processing time, and 11.7 months’ wait time for a hearing. Tennessee has a 54% acceptance rate, but on average nationally, about 65% of applications are denied initially and another 87% are denied after reconsideration review.

Given the steep odds, having an experienced SSDI attorney as your advocate can put you in a better position to get your application completed and filed. If your application is denied, an Disability lawyer can help prepare a compelling case for your appeal.

How do SSDI lawyers get paid?

The federal government limits how much Social Security Disability lawyers can get paid. They can recover up to 25% of the back pay you will receive, up to $6,000. When you choose a disability lawyer to work with, they must send a letter to the Social Security Administration which details the fee arrangement that you have agreed upon. When the SSA approves your claim, they will send your lawyer their payment and they will send the remainder to you.

At Shepherd and Associates, we take on the burden of recovering disability benefits by leveraging our experience and expertise to avoid common mistakes and other obstacles that might ruin your chances of getting approved. We guide you through every step of the appeals process so that you can recover the SSDI benefits that you worked so hard to earn.

Schedule a consultation with a skilled Maryville Social Security Disability attorney today

At Shepherd and Associates, P.C., we take a comprehensive approach to finding solutions that support your goals and your legal needs. You are welcome to call us at 865-225-9655 or complete the contact form to schedule a time to discuss your case with and experienced Maryville Social Security Disability lawyer. We are proud to represent clients in Madisonville, Oak Ridge, Lenoir City and other towns throughout East Tennessee.