Navigating the Social Security Administration is complicated and time consuming. You probably feel robbed if you get denied benefits. The SSA offers two types of benefits to people who are disabled and can’t work. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is for people who are low income. SSD benefits are for workers who have paid into the Social Security services. Claimants must meet three criteria: they have to be permanently disabled, have a condition that is expected to last more than twelve calendar months or have a condition that has lasted for twelve calendar months. The SSA must also decide whether the claimant’s condition prevents them from doing any type of “substantial gainful employment.” The SSA uses medical evidence to decide whether or not you’re disabled. The applicant has to provide credible medical evidence, and evidence of symptoms. A Social Security Lawyer in Tennessee helps you put together the necessary medical evidence to win your claim. The SSA considers the treating physician to have the best long term opinion of your condition. Symptoms evidence should include: how your condition affects your daily life, amount of pain; aggravating factors and medication information.
Over sixty percent of claims are denied initially. You have sixty days to appeal the denial. A Social Security Lawyer in Tennessee will file a request for reconsideration. Over eighty five percent of Reconsiderations are denied. At this point, the lawyer files a Request for a Hearing. The Hearing level is your best opportunity to be awarded benefits. The lawyer has an opportunity to present your case, in person. Initially, the lawyer should have you sign a fee agreement. The law prohibits lawyers from charging more than twenty-five percent of your past-due benefits, with a cap of six-thousand dollars. The lawyer only gets paid if the claimant is awarded benefits. It’s absolutely illegal for a lawyer to charge you an up-front fee. The government doesn’t make it easy to get your benefits. They’re hoping that you’ll give up in order to save the government money. That’s why it’s important to have the best representation possible. If you’re disabled, you’re going to need an income. Apply for your benefits!
An experienced disability lawyer can make the difference between getting your deserved disability benefits and not. To discuss your situation, contact Kenneth Miller & Associates, P.C.