We are happy to answer any questions you have about SSDI — such as how to improve your application, how to file an appeal and anything else related to your case. To schedule a consultation in our Pulaski, Tennessee office, contact us online or call us at 931-292-2033.
Navigate The SSDI Application Process From Start To Finish
Obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance is a three-stage process. The first stage is to simply file your application. Most people take this step on their own, without a lawyer's assistance, and the results bear this out: A very small portion of applications are accepted upon first submission, but 98% of applications are initially denied. Once your first attempt has been rejected, it's time to speak with a lawyer.
The second stage is called "reconsideration," and it's a kind of appeal. We can help you spell out very clearly the nature of your disability and how it affects your everyday life as well as your ability to earn a living and support yourself. Part of this stage involves collecting detailed medical records to demonstrate the details of your condition as certified by trained medical professionals.
When reconsideration does not lead to SSDI benefits, you have the option to take your case to the third stage, which is a formal trial. In this stage, we will have an opportunity to present your case directly to the administrative law judge who will make the final decision on your case. This is an opportunity to cut through the dry language in your paperwork and make a direct appeal in court.
Adjusting To A Long-Term Disability With SSDI
Living with a disability comes with unique challenges, by definition. If your disability is newly acquired, you may be dealing with strong emotions at the same time that you are beginning physical and occupational therapy and applying for benefits meant to mitigate the financial harm caused by an injury or illness.
At the Law Office of Robert D. Massey and Associates, we will introduce to the ways in which Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be used to adjust to life with a long-term disability. If your illness or injury affects your ability to work, the financial implications of your condition will have an impact very quickly — SSDI can help reduce the impact of this on your budget.
We have handled more than 300 SSDI cases over the past 10 years, and we have been successful in all but three of those cases. We cannot guarantee results in any particular case, but we are proud of our record and will work hard for you.