You don’t need an attorney to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, but it is well advised to consider engaging an attorney both before and after making application for either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Studies show that the Social Security Administration is likely to deny 65% – 75% of initial claims, and that percentage is almost always higher in Tennessee. Many of these initial denials, however, are later approved on appeal, Having an experienced attorney assist in preparing your SSI or SSDI application or appealing your denial may increase your chances of obtaining approval of benefits by identifying additional evidence of your disability and presenting it in the most persuasive light possible.
What are the criteria for obtaining for SSA Disability and/or SSI benefits?
The Social Security Administration defines a “disability” as the “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of no less than 12 months.”
The SSA will consider you disabled if:
Bristol Lawyers Provide Expert Legal Assistance in Tennessee & Virginia
During All Phases of SSD and/or SSI Application
At Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, PC, our seasoned Social Security lawyers have the knowledge and resources to analyze complex medical documents. We are also experienced litigators who understand how to question expert witnesses and argue persuasively on your behalf. We are also one of the few firms in the Tri-Cities that will help you complete the original SSD paperwork and navigate your claim through the entire claims process.
For SSDI and SSI benefits, approval rates in Tennessee are usually below average at the initial application and reconsideration stages. However, Tennessee’s average rate of approval at the disability hearing stage (in the Kingsport Hearing Office) is a lot higher than the national average.
Guiding You Through The Appeals Process
Should your initial benefits application be denied, our experienced attorneys will guide you through three levels of appeal:
To learn more about qualifying for Social Security disability benefits and/or SSI in Tennessee or Virginia, contact an experienced Bristol attorney. Call Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, P.C. today at 423-797-6022 to schedule your free initial consultation, or contact us online.