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Nashville Disability Attorney Keith Williams Can Get Your Tennessee Benefits for You
Did you know that 3 out of every 4 people who apply for Social Security or ERISA Disability Benefits in Tennessee are denied their benefits?

But that approximately 70% of those who appeal their disability claim are successful?

Do you need an experienced and qualified Tennessee Disability Attorney to help you with your Disability Claim, your Disability Reconsideration, or your Disability Appeal?

Don’t leave your future to chance!  You need a qualified and experienced Nashville Disability Benefits lawyer. The Tennessee Social Security and ERISA Disability Attorneys at Keith Williams Law Group can help you get your claim approved so you can receive the benefits you’ve earned!

Our Social Security Lawyers In Nashville Will Ensure Your Rights Are Protected

With offices on the square in Lebanon and in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, we help people from all over Middle Tennessee get the social security benefits they so desperately need. Why not let us help you?

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself unable to work for an extended period of time?  How would you support yourself and your family?  In these situations, there are generally two types of benefits people rely upon (apart from workers’ compensation benefits in the event you are hurt at work):  Social Security Disability and ERISA Disability.

Social Security Disability is available through the Federal Government to all workers who have worked a sufficient amount to qualify and meet medical requirements.  The length of the disability must exceed one year or be expected to last more than one year.  These benefits are also available for the loved ones of a deceased worker in certain circumstances.

There are three stages of a Social Security Disability Claim:

  1. Application (either approved or denied). If denied, then within 60 days you must
  2. Request for Reconsideration (the application goes back to the Social Security Office to be re-evaluated). If denied, then within 60 days you must
  3. Appeal to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) where you will have to argue your case, present your evidence and provide testimony to the ALJ in support of your claim.

It is vitally important that you have a qualified and experienced Social Security lawyer to help you through the process.

We have more information for you in our library on Tennessee Social Security Disability claims.

 


 

ERISA Disability Benefits or Employee Retirement Income Security Act Benefits are governed by Federal Laws and are very complicated.

ERISA cases are heard by Federal judges and have a standard of proof of “abuse of discretion.”  This is a very high standard to prove, and it means you must prove not merely that there is evidence that could support a decision granting your long term disability claim, but instead that the insurance company actually “abused its discretion” when it decided to deny your deserved disability benefits.

If you or a loved one is denied coverage under your Tennessee Long Term Disability Insurance Policies or Plan you must act to protect you rights.  ERISA requires one or more administrative appeals.

Because of the “abuse of discretion” standard to be used by the Federal Court Judge, an ERISA Disability Benefits Appeal  can involve a very tough standard to meetRetaining an ERISA Long Term Disability Benefit attorney soon after your denial can be an important step for overcoming this difficult standard and preparing the record in case it must be taken beyond the administrative appeal(s) required by your policy and into Federal Court.

 

Disability Benefits Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the best social security disabilty lawyer in Nashville?

We don’t pay much attention to all the taxes taken out of our paychecks every month year after year. But one of those taxes pays into the social security disability systems. This isn’t the social security you receive when you retire – it’s there to help you if you develop a medical condition or receive an injury that prevents you from working. You have many years left to live and you shouldn’t have to worry about how you’re going to keep a roof over your head or keep groceries in the pantry. The government program is here to help people like you – people who, through no fault of their own, cannot work and need to collect out of the program they’ve been paying into their whole working lives. We at Keith Williams law group understand disability law and the steps necessary to get your benefits. Did you know 70% of people who apply for their benefits are turned down the first time? That’s when you need an attorney to make sure your appeal process is done correctly and in a timely manner. The government only gives you a very short amount of time to pull together alot of difficult information on your health records and future prognosis. Don’t leave your future to chance, call us for a free no hassle consultation to see about obtaining your Tennessee disability benefits. You need help and we can give it to you.

What are the 3 Most Common Mistakes People Make Trying to Get Their Disability Benefits?

1) They let the time limit run out. You’ve got 60 days from the notice of denial to appeal your case. Quite a few people are just overwelmed with the process, or too discouraged, and let that time limit lapse;

2) They don’t see their treating doctor about their disabilty. If you have a problem that’s preventing you from work, you need to see a doctor on a regular basis for treatment. This will not only help you medically, it will allow the doctor to run tests and make determinations about your disability that could help you in the appeal process. Plus, you and your doctor will have a relationship built on mutual trust and respect and they will feel more comfortable backing up your request for your disability benefits because they will know you, your disability, and the effect it has on your life;

3) They don’t hire an experienced disability attorney. If you’ve been turned down once, you have 60 days to appeal your claim to – guess where? The same department who turned you down the first time! Chances are you are going to get turned down again and then you have one more 60 day time limit before your last appear. This is before an Administrative Law Judge and you must be prepared to present your case for disability along with supporting economic and medical information and paperwork. Did you know that people who use an experienced disability attorney are three times more likely to get their benefits? It pays YOU to hire one in the first place and save yourself time and worry in the long run.

If we can help you with your Tennessee disability claim, just give us a call or complete our short free online form and we’ll call you back!

If you have diabetes, do you qualify for Social Security Benefits?

While diabetes is on the Social Security’s List of Impairments, being diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes will not make you eligible for your disability benefits. In order to quality, you must be diagnosed with diabetes and also suffer from one of the following:

  1. Visual Impairment due to Diabetes
  2. Acidosis at least 1x every two months and results in hospitalization (Acidosis is when too much acid builds up in your body because your heart and kidneys cannot adequately remove it).
  3. or Neuropathy (which is “significant” and persists. This can include sensory loss to areas of your body (or feet and hands), involuntary movements or tremors, or paralysis (affecting movement of your body or speech or hearing skills).

What is the difference between Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Most people get them confused or think they are interchangeable; however, SSD (Social Security Disabiltiy Income) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income), are two completely separate programs.  SSD is paid to workers who have worked enough hours (or credits) to be eligible for the federal benefit should they become disabled. SSI is paid to people who have not worked enough hours to qualify or who have never worked. SSD is based on the number of credits the disabled worker has accumulated and their wages.  Once a person is put on SSD, they will be eligible for Medicare in 24 months (2 years) from their date of eligibility.  SSI is based upon a federal payment scale and upon the person’s financial needs. Some states add extra income to their resident’s SSI benefits over and above what the federal government provides.  A person who is on SSI will also usually qualify for Medicaid in their states and other benefits such as food stamps.

Please call to discuss your Disability Benefits Claim with a real attorney at The Keith Williams Law Group. We can help!
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Toll Free – 1.866.820.4457

Nashville – 615-313-3999
Lebanon – 615.444.2900

What type of documents and evidence will I need to have to get my disability claim approved?

You will need to provide your medical records from all past & current physicians, clinics and hospitals.  You will also need to furnish results from all test and diagnostic procedures such as lab test results, results from other diagnostic tests such as MRIs, CT-Scans, X-rays, EKG, EEG and any other medical report that would help prove your disability.

Affidavits, letters and reports from your treating physicians or psychiatrists that prove your diagnosis, prognosis and any restrictions or limitations the medical providers may have assigned to you.  It is also necessary to convey to the Social Security Administration hearing officer what symptoms you feel along with the medications you take and, how your disability affects your ability to work at any job.

At Keith Williams Law Group we gather all of these documents for you and submit them to the Social Security Administration for your benefit.

Please call to discuss your Disability Benefits Claim with a real attorney at The Keith Williams Law Group. We can help!
Contact Us Online @Tennessee Disability Lawyers
Toll Free – 1.866.820.4457

Nashville – 615-313-3999
Lebanon – 615.444.2900

What do I have to prove to be awarded Social Security Disability Benefits?

You must prove through medical records, any necessary medical testimony through affidavits and any other evidence, that you have a physical and/or mental impairment; that has prevented you from working for more than 12 months.   You may also be awarded Social Security Benefits if your physical and/or mental disability is expected to last for at least one year or results in death.

Please call to discuss your Disability Benefits Claim with a real attorney at The Keith Williams Law Group. We can help!
Contact Us Online @Tennessee Disability Lawyers
Toll Free – 1.866.820.4457

Nashville – 615-313-3999
Lebanon – 615.444.2900

How can a Social Security Disability Attorney help me with the Social Security Disability process?

A social security disability lawyer can assist you first by helping you file your initial application for Social Security Disability Benefits.  An attorney and their staff can assist by gathering the required medical records and other necessary information that you will need to win your social Security Disability Benefits award.   If your initial application is denied, our disability lawyers are ready and qualified to appeal your denial of benefits and further represent you during all court proceedings.

How do I apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

The simplest way to apply for Social Security Benefits is to apply online. You may also apply in person at your local Social Security Administration Office. You can also contact The Keith Williams Law Group for a detailed explanation of the Social Security Disability Benefits claims process.

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