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When you’re disabled and need the support of Social Security Disability benefits, you would think receiving these benefits would be a simple process. Unfortunately, it’s far from easy. The good news is, you don’t have to navigate the system alone.

Our Chattanooga, TN, disability lawyers at McMahan Law Firm know the rules and regulations surrounding the Social Security system and we’re ready to help you. If you’re suffering from a disabling condition or injury and are unable to work, all you have to do is give our office a call at 423-265-1100 or fill out our online form for a free case review today!

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Getting help is only a simple call or click away. You don’t even have to leave your home! Contact our team today and we’ll start reviewing your case immediately.

You're Not Alone

Navigating the Social Security system can be really tough, but you don’t have to do it alone. Our disability lawyers can help guide you through the entire process.

No Fee If You Don't Get Benefits

Your initial case review is always free and if you don’t get benefits, you won’t owe us a penny.

You Don’t Have to Struggle Alone

It’s surprising how many people get denied for Social Security Disability benefits the first time they apply. If this has happened to you, knowing what to do next can be scary and stressful. The good news is, it’s not the end of the road, and you don’t have to struggle through this alone.

Whether you’ve been denied or are applying for the first time, our Chattanooga, TN, disability lawyers at McMahan Law Firm are here for you. From filling out paperwork to coordinating with the Social Security Administration (SSA), we’ll guide you through every step of the way and fight hard for the benefits you need and deserve.

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Do You Qualify for Social Security Disability?

There are a lot of complicated rules and regulations regarding Social Security Disability claims, making it hard to know whether your condition entitles you to benefits. If you’ve already been refused benefits, it can be even more troubling. In order to be eligible for disability benefits, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • You must meet the SSA’s definition of disability.
  • Your condition must prevent you from being able to hold down substantial work.
  • Your condition must be expected to last at least 12 months, it must have already lasted 12 months, or it must be expected to result in death.

How Do You Apply for Disability Benefits in Tennessee?

Applying for disability benefits in Tennessee can be done online or at a local Social Security office. However, you can also just give our office a call and we’ll help you every step of the way!

Here’s an overview of what will be required:

First, you will need to collect all your personal information. This includes your name, date, and place of birth as well as information about your spouse and ex-spouses, any kids you have together, military service, employer details, direct deposit information, contact information, and other personal details.

You will also need to collect information about your disability, including your specific medical condition, as well as information about your doctors, other health care professionals, medical records, and treatments.

You will need to provide information about your job history, education, and training. This helps the Social Security Administration determine whether you’re capable of doing a different kind of work than that which you most recently performed.

Next, you must complete the Disability Benefit Application form. If you can’t or don’t wish to apply online, you can visit a local field office, or you can apply over the phone at 800-772-1213 or 800-325-0778 if you are hearing impaired. The easiest thing to do, however, is to simply give our Chattanooga, TN, disability lawyers at McMahan Law Firm a call. We can help you fill out all the proper paperwork and take the stress of the application process off your hands.

You’ll need to provide documents, including:

  • Birth certificate or proof of birth
  • Proof of citizenship or of lawful alien status
  • Military discharge papers for veterans before 1968
  • Last year’s tax forms (W-2 or self-employment)
  • Medical records, doctor’s reports, test results, and other evidence
  • Records of workers’ compensation benefits you’ve received

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Social Security Disability FAQs

If you were denied benefits, it’s in your best interest to give our Social Security Disability lawyers a call for help on appealing the decision. The first step is filing a reconsideration request within 60 days. If that fails, you can request a hearing before an administrative law judge within 60 days. If your claim is denied again, you can submit an appeal within 60 days to the Appeals Council. While there are further steps you can take, many denied claims are approved at some point during the first two stages of the appeals process.

While getting Social Security Disability benefits should be easy, the process can be very confusing. An SSD attorney can help you fight for your rights, avoid costly mistakes, and get the benefits you desperately need.

Yes! Statistically speaking, 77% of applications are denied in their initial filing. After a hearing, the approval numbers jump to nearly 50%. Finally, with the help of a qualified Chattanooga, TN, disability lawyer, the approval rates jump to nearly 60%.

Everyone is different, and the amount you can collect each month depends partially on the nature of your disability and the work you did before you were hurt.

Long-term disability insurance policies or other private forms of disability benefits won’t affect your SSDI benefits, but workers’ compensation or other temporary benefits from the state can reduce your federal benefits. You can only get a total of 80% of your prior earning level from federal and state disability sources.

You can work while receiving Social Security Disability benefits, but how much you can work and how much you can earn is strictly limited. These limits change from year to year, and your Chattanooga, TN, disability lawyer can help you work out what they are for you. If you make more than the annual limit, you will be considered able to work and may lose your benefits after a short trial work period. If you’re planning on going back to work, it’s a good idea to discuss this with our lawyers at McMahan Law Firm so you’re aware of the potential effects on your benefits.

If you collect SSDI, your spouse and children or your ex-spouse may be able to also receive benefits as dependents. These benefits will be less than your monthly benefits. Dependents must be spouses, children under 18, or young adults who became disabled before the age of 22.

Spouses who are at least 62 years old and ex-spouses at least 62 years of age that you were married to for at least 10 years can collect benefits. Finally, if your ex-spouse cares for your children, they can collect benefits until the children turn 16, or they can continue to collect indefinitely for a child who became disabled before age 22.

SSI and SSDI are all-or-nothing forms of compensation for disability. You have to be completely disabled and unable to work at all according to the Social Security Administration in order to collect benefits. Partial disability does not allow benefits because the SSA will assume that you can hold a different kind of job even if you can no longer work your former job.

To collect disability benefits, your disability doesn’t have to be permanent, but it does have to be long-term. Your disability must be expected to last at least one year or be terminal in order for you to collect. If you experience a health improvement, which the SSA might see as an increase in your non-Social Security earnings or a return to work, you could lose your benefits.

If, however, you file a claim and get better before it’s granted, you may be eligible for back payments for the period during which you were disabled. Talk to our Social Security Disability attorneys to let us advocate for your rights and get the help you need filing for these benefits.

Far too many honest claims are denied every year. This means that you need to collect all the medical proof you can to back up your claim. You may include records from doctor’s visits, surgeries, procedures, medications, therapy sessions, and more. Any reports from doctors and specialists you have worked with can be vital medical proof.

If you end up going before a judge on appeal, your Chattanooga, TN, disability lawyer at McMahan Law Firm may bring forth medical experts to testify for you, which can weigh heavily in your favor. We will be your fierce and loyal advocates.