What Is Social Security Disability? And Why Do I need a Lawyer?

Social Security Disability benefits can offer financial support if you’re unable to work due to a disability. At Reasonover Law, we’ll work to improve your chances of getting approved for these benefits. Our experienced social security disability lawyer will make sure that all necessary documents are filed correctly and that all deadlines are met.

What Is Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability (SSD) is a federal program that offers financial help to people who can’t work because of a physical or mental disability. The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines whether an individual is eligible for SSD benefits based on the following criteria:

Medical Eligibility: You should have a physical or mental impairment expected to last at least one year or result in death. The impairment should be severe enough to prevent you from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA).

Non-medical Eligibility: You should have earned enough work credits by paying your Social Security taxes before your injury or illness. You need at least 40 credits, half of them having been earned in the last ten years, to qualify. Young workers can qualify with fewer credits as they’ve worked for fewer years than older applicants.

At Reasonover Law, we review your case to determine whether you’re eligible for SSD benefits before starting the application process. If you’re ineligible, this can save you the time, effort, and money spent on the application.

Why Hire a Lawyer?

Filing for SSD benefits involves extensive documentation, strict deadlines to meet, and complex legal procedures to navigate. An experienced SSD attorney will guide you through the process to make sure your application meets the eligibility criteria. Here’s why you should hire one:

Learn About Disability Benefits

The SSA maintains two disability categories for benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) as well as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI is designated for individuals who’ve worked and paid their Social Security taxes, while SSI is meant for those with low income or resources. We review both programs’ requirements and advise you depending on your earnings and work history.

Prepare Your Initial Claim

The SSA requires applicants to provide information about themselves, family members eligible for benefits, and details about their disability. You should provide proof of citizenship, your Social Security number, tax documents, and doctors’ reports along with your application.

At Reasonover Law, we’ll make sure your application meets all the SSA’s requirements by verifying all the important information before submitting your claim. We have handled hundreds of SSD cases, so rest assured we know what to look for when cross-checking claims.

Stay Updated on Your Case

The SSA receives numerous applications daily, and some applications may be overlooked. Our team will contact the SSA after submitting your claim if approval takes too long. We’ll make sure your application is moving along as it should and relay any information we receive to keep you updated.

Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer From Reasonover Law

Reasonover Law offers legal representation to social security disability victims across Tennessee. Hire our social security disability lawyer to start the SSD benefits application process. With us, you have a tough and compassionate partner dedicated to making the application process as straightforward as possible. Contact us for a free SSD case evaluation today.