Free Consultation- 800-945-4950

Social Security Disability Archives

Understanding the importance of the disability onset date

In general, a disabled individual's disability onset date is the day they became unable to work because of the disabling medical condition they suffer from. Determining the onset date of disability can impact qualifying for Social Security disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits or the benefit pay period for benefits.

Social Security Disability application change creates concerns

Understanding the Social Security disability application process may be even more important than it recently was. A Lupus victim, completely unable to work in her dream job because of the ravages of the disease, describes her discouragement at being denied Social Security disability benefits (SSD). It is important, however, for disabled individuals to be prepared that it can be a challenging process but not to be too easily discouraged.

Understanding eligibility for Social Security disability benefits

Many disabled individuals and their families rely on disability benefits, which is why it is important to understand how to qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. To be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, the disabled individual must suffer from a physical or mental disability -- or a combination of a physical or mental disability. In addition, the physical or mental disability must be expected to last for 12 months or longer, or result in death.

Can family members also receive a portion of SSD benefits?

Many Chattanooga residents may be wondering if other family members could also be eligible for social security benefits. Eligibility depends on a variety of factors, including need, medical condition, age and other factors deemed important by the Social Security Administration. Since the SSA is a federal program, it will affect all Chattanooga residents in the same way, based on federal regulations.

Can someone appealing a SSDI benefits denial seek help?

When it comes to financial matters, some people have a more difficult time making ends meet, than other people do. This could be due to, in large part, a person's inability to hold a job or to secure a job. The majority of the workforce does not have to worry about an injury or an illness having an affect on their living wage. However, for some Chattanooga residents, this is a huge issue that affects every part of their life.

What is the trial work period when receiving disability?

Tennesseans who are getting Social Security disability benefits for an illness, medical condition or injury might have a goal of returning to work. However, they may be worried about losing their disability benefits. This is where a trial work period can be beneficial. With the trial work period, the recipient can try to work while still being viewed as disabled by the Social Security Administration. The person can perform services for as many as nine months without losing disability benefits. It is not required for these months to be consecutive. Once the nine months has passed, the SSA will not consider the disability to be at an end. When the trial work period is over, the SSA will account for the work that was done in that time as a factor in deciding whether to end the person's disability benefits or not.

What if I can't pay to travel to my disability appeal?

Tennesseans who were denied Social Security disability and are appealing the case to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) might have to travel to attend the hearing. For some, this is a financial hardship that might lead to them abandoning filing an appeal for denied Social Security disability. Failing to appeal because of distance or finances is a mistake, because the Social Security Administration (SSA) will pay certain expenses to cover the travel. Even those who can afford it can have their expenses paid.

Continuing eligibility and reviews for SSD benefits

Tennesseans who are approved for benefits from Social Security disability need to know that in most cases, the benefits are not going to continue forever. There are, of course, some situations where the SSD benefits can be relatively assured of being long-term. Most circumstances are not like that, so it is important to know about continuing eligibility for benefits and the protocol for a review of the disability.

What is the Ticket to Work program for those getting disability?

In general, in order to receive Social Security disability benefits there must be an inability to work. Therefore, recipients may fear that even making the attempt to try and work will result in a full loss of SSD benefits. However, for Tennesseans who would like to try and get back to work and meet the qualifications, it is possible to take part in the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program. It is important to fully understand the various aspects of the program including who is eligible, its goals and its advantages before moving forward.

How do legal convictions or warrants affect my SSD benefits?

Tennessee residents who are receiving Social Security disability benefits might run into various circumstances that might affect these benefits. For example, there is certain information that must be provided to the Social Security Administration to make certain all the requirements based on federal regulations are followed. Issues with the law such as an arrest or conviction do not necessarily mean that the benefits will stop forever, but it is imperative to follow the rules set by the Social Security Administration (SSA) when it comes to informing them of the situation.

  • "Thank you so much for your constant help on getting SSI disability for my girl. Without ya'll I wouldn't have gotten her the health and financial help. If there is anyth..." Jennifer B, Tennessee stars
  • "We got your letter that you were closing our case. We just wanted to thank you for all the help you have given our family. Thanks again." James B, Alabama stars
  • "I really appreciate the service I received. Everyone was exceptionally courteous. Thank you." Robin H, Tennessee stars
  • "My friend said you were the best and she was right. I see why she said she'd never use another attorney. Keep doing what you are doing. Thank you." Glenn B, Tennessee stars
Email Us For Response

Need A Free Consultation?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

We serve clients throughout the United States. We charge no fees in disability cases unless we recover benefits for you. To schedule your free consultation with a Social Security Disability lawyer, call 800-945-4950 or contact us by email.

Chattanooga, TN Dale Buchanan & Associates
1206 Pointe Centre Drive
Suite 110
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Map & Directions

Knoxville, TN Dale Buchanan & Associates
1111 Northshore Drive
Suite S-280
Knoxville, TN 37919

Map & Directions

Nashville, TN Dale Buchanan & Associates
1 Vantage Way
Suite 230
Nashville, TN 37228

Map & Directions

Jackson, TN
*Satellite Location
Jackson, TN 38305

Map & Directions

Manchester, TN
209 E. McLean St
Manchester, TN 37355

Map & Directions

Florence, AL
*Satellite Location
Florence, AL 35630

Map & Directions

Rome, GA
*Satellite Location
Rome, GA 30165

Map & Directions