Sullivan County SSD Lawyer

 

Sullivan County SSD LawyerSullivan County, TN Social Security Disability Lawyer and SSD Attorney

In Tennessee, applying and obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) involves an extremely complex administrative process.  No matter how apparent a debilitating injury might be, one small administrative error on the initial application will result in a denied claim.

What many SSD claimants do not know is that approximately 70% of all initial disability claims are rejected by the Social Security Administration (SSA).  When denials occur, the applicants are often left frustrated and uncertain about how to proceed.

Moreover, a denial has real financial consequences.  How are the bills going to be paid if a person cannot work?  What about if the applicant has a family to support?

How We Help Those Seeking SSD Benefits

At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we recognize the financial and emotional situations of our clients, and how the inability to work – and the lack of income – factors into family dynamics.

We want potential clients to know many of the facts and statistics related to securing disability benefits, such as claimants are three times more likely to secure disability benefits when a lawyer represents them.  Thus, it is typically in an applicant’s best interest to contact as experience social security disability lawyer such as Mark Hurt at the outset to have the best chances of success.

Mark provides tenacious legal representation and is experienced in Social Security Disability law.  Whether you need help filing an initial application, completing complicated disability questionnaires, or developing a strong case to present at an appeals hearing, our team of Social Security Disability professionals is here to help guide you throughout every step of the process.  Call our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation! 

Why Should I Hire a Sullivan County Social Security Disability Lawyer?

Firm founding attorney Mark Hurt has been effectively representing injured clients for over three decades.  While our firm is proud of our many successful cases, our most significant point of pride is the high level of service and care we provide to each of our SSD clients.  We understand the difficulties of injuries and illnesses that keep individuals from working, including the stress caused by the financial aspects involved.  When you hire The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, you will work directly with Mark Hurt and our team, who will be there to answer your questions and help guide you through the process whenever needed.

How Much Do You Charge for Legal Representation for Social Security Disability Claims?

We represent clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only collect a fee if benefits are obtained.  Additionally, our fee is capped at 25% of the back-pay benefits obtained or $6,000 (whichever is less) in most situations.  Importantly, because our fee is only based on back-pay benefits (the amount owed up to the time that a favorable determination is made), you will not need to pay us anything for future benefits that are not yet due.

Wouldn’t It Be Better if I File My Claim Myself, and Then Hire a Lawyer if I Lose?  Why This is Not a Good Strategy

If your claim is denied (and about 70% of the initial claims are denied), you will need to wait months before an appeal can be made and heard.  During this period, two things will occur – you will be without the disability benefit pay that you likely very much need, and the cost to retain a lawyer will increase (as the back-pay amount will be greater).

It is therefore much better to retain a social security disability attorney at the outset, improve your chances for getting a claim approved, and pay a much lower legal fee (as the back-pay amount at that time will be much smaller).

How Do I Qualify for SSD Benefits?

To qualify for Social Security Disability Income benefits, applicants must have a qualifying disability and have earned a certain number of work credits during their careers.

To meet the SSA “qualifying disability” requirement, an individual must:

  • Be under age 65
  • Be unable to work for at least 12 months due to a debilitating mental or physical impairment
  • Have an injury or illness that is not expected to improve within one year
  • Have a condition that will likely result in death

When working, most people pay Social Security taxes on their earnings, which goes toward disability benefits.  The SSA uses a system of work credits to track this information.

Each year, a maximum of up to four credits can be awarded; however, yearly, the amount of income needed for one credit changes.  For instance, in 2018, workers received one credit for every $1,320 earned, whereas in 2020, $1,410 of income is needed.[1]  Typically, 40 credits must be accumulated to qualify for benefits, 20 of which must be earned within ten years before the disability date.  In certain limited circumstances, it may be possible to be eligible for benefits with fewer credits, such as if an individual is disabled at a young age and does not have a long work history.

Because work credit requirements fluctuate and certain exceptions may apply, it can be challenging to determine if all credit requirements have been satisfied.  If you are unsure if you qualify for SSD, Mark Hurt can evaluate your vocational history, help assess whether you meet the requirements for benefits, and explain your options.  

If I Qualify for Social Security Disability, Can I Get Medical Benefits?

Social Security Disability was designed to provide income supplementation to people who are physically restricted in their ability to work because of a disability, not to cover medical expenses (although, many individuals still use benefit compensation to cover medical care).  To fill this gap, when an individual qualifies for SSD, the government provides Medicare benefits for medical care two years (plus a five-month waiting period) from the date the SSA determines a disability began. 

Do I Have to Wait to Get SSD Benefits?

On average, it takes three to five months for the SSA to render a decision regarding an initial application.  If a claim is denied and an appeal is necessary, applicants will often wait months (or even years) while the appeals process transpires.  Because of the potential for long wait times, it is critical for applicants to do everything possible in seeking to have a claim approved at the initial filing stage (which is why retaining a social security lawyer at the outset makes sense).

As many initial applications are denied for minor administrative errors or omissions, having an experienced attorney handling a claim can help avoid common pitfalls.  An SSD attorney can also increase the chances of securing a timely approval if an appeal is needed, as they understand the process and what an examiner or appeals judge may be looking for to overturn a denial.

My SSD Application was Denied.  What Can I Do?

If your SSD application was denied, you are part of the majority.  Only 30% of initial claims are approved, meaning that the odds of quickly securing benefits are not in most applicant’s favor.  However, the chances of obtaining an approval increase exponentially if a denial is appealed, as more than 50% of determinations are overturned during appeal hearings.

If the SSA denies a claim, claimants may appeal the determination through a four-level system, which includes the following sequential steps:

  • Request for Reconsideration;
  • Administrative Law Judge Hearing;
  • Review by the SSA Appeals Council; and
  • Federal Court Review.

Applicants only have a small window to request an appeal at each of these levels; thus, acting fast is crucial.  If a timely request is not filed, the ability to secure benefits may be compromised, as a claim can be permanently denied.  If you received a denial and would like to appeal, it is vital to contact our offices as soon as possible in order to ensure that deadlines can be timely met.

Call The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt to Schedule a Free Appointment Today!

If you need help with your Social Security Disability claim, have questions about your medical records or how to provide the right medical evidence for an application, need assistance appealing a denial, or have other issues pertaining to a disability claim, contact our offices to schedule a complimentary case evaluation.  Mark Hurt can examine your application to determine if there are any errors or omissions and can also assist in gathering the necessary medical evidence needed to increase your chances of success.

We have handled injury cases for over thirty years and have in-depth knowledge regarding SSD claims – do not waste time trying to work through the process alone!  As an an experienced Sullivan County SSD lawyer, Attorney Mark Hurt is prepared to go to work for you.  Call our offices at 276-623-0808 to get started!

[1] Social Security Credits, see the website for the Social Security Administration for additional information.

 

What Our Clients Say

After my car accident, Mr. Hurt and his team worked very diligently to get me a fair settlement. Courtney Cormier, a paralegal on the team, was an invaluable asset to me. She always kept me informed of everything that was happening. I couldn't have had a better experience.
Caleb & Kristina Murray
Caleb & Kristina Murray
21:54 22 Feb 21
I could not be more pleased with the service I received. He is a wonderful lawyer and he gets the job done.
Country living woman Mountains
Country living woman Mountains
05:52 22 Dec 20
This law firm has great people skills and are very professional and efficient I would definitely recommend anyone to this law firm.
Lucas Green
Lucas Green
18:06 06 Dec 20
Courtney done a very good job with my case at the abingdon va office very quick and efficient great job highly reccomended my auto accident was in may and alreadh we have settled for maximum amount thanks so much
James Smith
James Smith
06:57 05 Dec 20
I contacted the law offices of Mark T. Hurt regarding a traffic ticket I received. Initially I was concerned because I live between Florida and New York, and with Virginia being midway, handling my ticket would be a major inconvenience, and I wanted to keep my record free of any infractions.Choosing Mark T. Hurt to represent me was the best choice I made, and it was further improved with the assistance of Rhonda, who contacted me once they received my request. Rhonda is one of those unique people who has mastered the fine line between being perfectly professional and friendly. Every conversation we had, was made to feel as if I were speaking to a close friend. One of the most appreciated aspects of working with her was her understanding and respectful of my schedule and time.For my work, I have a hectic schedule and very few free moments, so being able to handle things quickly and effectively is a priority for me, and Rhonda understood that and took care of everything as if she knew exactly what I was expecting. I even got sick while working with Rhonda, and her first comment was to wish me well. She also went out of her way to find solutions regarding my traffic citation that worked around my schedule. The price was fair, and when considering the quality of work and more importantly, the quality of people you will be reliant upon to ensure the best possible outcome for whatever your situation is, they can ask for 10x more than what I paid and it would still be worth it.All in all, recommendation for this law office, and for Rhonda herself, could not be higher. If you are searching for someone to represent you in any legal matter whatsoever, this is the office to work with. Thank you again Rhonda.
Al Fortunatti
Al Fortunatti
00:47 07 Nov 20
My lawyer Courtney in charge of my case was very professional, and very responsive to my personal injury and auto claim. She had it settled in a timely manner very polite and I would recommend this office to anyone.
Samantha Mays
Samantha Mays
21:28 06 Nov 20
I would highly recommend this law firm! Courtney helped me with my personal injury case, she answered all my questions and was always responsive throughout the entire process.She advocated for me efficiently and strived for the best possible outcome.
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
17:16 27 Oct 20
I'm not a Virgina resident and had found this firm through Google. I have a traffic violation case in tennessee and was desperate to get awnsers. This law office's staff was so helpful even though I wasn't able to even be a client, I believe the person who awnsered was Ashley. After their direction on finding another attorney and my case I was able to push my court date back and will be able to find someone to represent me.I'm not even a client, they didn't have to help me at all! I just wish they practiced in the tri cities area! Would recommend this group!
Benjamin Smith
Benjamin Smith
18:34 22 Oct 20
I contacted the affordable Law Offices of Mark T Hunt regarding a ticket I received. They requested certain documents from me, went to court on my behalf and got the ticket dismissed! The entire process was easy, fast and efficient. When I emailed or texted them their response time was impeccable!I would HIGHLY recommend them if you are looking for a professional attorney!
Davina Waller
Davina Waller
16:41 22 Oct 20
Under the circumstances that I had to have an encounter with Mr. Hurt, if I needed another team to represent me, I wouldn't hesitate for a second. The sheer communication that I had with Ashley was phenomenal. I was informed every step of the way. I was directed to each step of the process. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this law firm and would HIGHLY reccomend them. They were able to have my ticket completely dropped with no points added. Thank you all so much for all your hard work you did for me.
Chris Sanders
Chris Sanders
16:56 21 Oct 20
Mark and his team were very professional and courteous. They done a excellent job with my traffic ticket. I would highly recommend them.
Shannon Hanes
Shannon Hanes
16:26 21 Oct 20
My son got a speeding ticket in Virginia going back to school in Alabama. We contacted Mark Hurts office and they were very responsive and handled the entire situation for us.
Mary Ellen Fennell
Mary Ellen Fennell
22:54 20 Oct 20
The Law Offices of Mark Hurt made the process of dismissing my ticket so effortless! They were told me all the steps I needed to take to make Mr. Hurt’s job easier, and he was able to dismiss my ticket! I’m so thankful I used Mark Hurt to represent me in court. I would highly recommend him to anyone I know.
Cristina Marie
Cristina Marie
16:33 15 Oct 20
Friendly. Efficient. Professional.I’m thankful!
Moody Witoutcoffee
Moody Witoutcoffee
03:56 09 Oct 20
Rafael Oliveira
Rafael Oliveira
11:13 06 Oct 20
Cleber Bandi
Cleber Bandi
00:06 06 Oct 20
Lindaura Williams
Lindaura Williams
23:47 05 Oct 20
Flavia Oliver
Flavia Oliver
14:48 05 Oct 20
T. O.
T. O.
19:55 03 Oct 20
anita R Oliveira
anita R Oliveira
15:25 03 Oct 20
I highly recommend anyone to choose The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues! They were extremely nice, helpful, and professional, especially Courtney! Every question and concern was always answered. I am thankful for all their help!!
Brittany Gobble
Brittany Gobble
17:35 29 Sep 20
They were very helpful, and answered all of the questions I had, and got great results from my court hearing, I would highly recommend!
Bodie Breitbach
Bodie Breitbach
15:49 21 Sep 20
This law firm is the best of the best and Courtney was just wonderful in every aspect. Extremely helpful and answers every question and always willing to help! Mark Hurt and his crew are the best! Thank you all for helping my family in a very difficult time. Highly recommend.
Tony Statzer
Tony Statzer
14:41 17 Sep 20
Late in July I was charged with a reckless driving ticket in Greenville County, Virginia. I got caught going 83mph in a 55mph zone. It was my first offense on my driving record and I did not need a misdemeanor which could hurt my career. I was assured by Mrs Rhonda Hurt not to worry and that her team would take care of it. On my end, the only effort I put in was taking a 12 hour defensive driving course and sending her my driving record. Two months later, the result of my hearing was a reduction to a defective equipment/non driving violation with 0 points off my record. The other good part about this case was I did not have to go to court. In court fees I paid $68 and a fine of $78 for my ticket. Mrs. Rhonda and her team put together a miracle in that county and I cannot give her enough credit. I sincerely recommend this firm because I know they worked hard on my case and will do the same for you. Thank you again!
Marqus Keith
Marqus Keith
14:54 15 Sep 20
I highly recommend this law firm! Rhonda answered all my questions regarding social security questions and she put my nerves at ease! Im so thankful for her kind spirit and her honesty!
Catina Ratliff
Catina Ratliff
17:51 05 Sep 20
The law offices of mark hurt was very good to me and my family great people great service and great results courtney was our paralegal that presided over the case could not have asked for more to be done.
Danny Kiser
Danny Kiser
18:34 31 Aug 20
I got a traffic ticket while I traveled passing through VA in May.It is a big deal if you have the Law Section: 44-1/46/2-862 and speeding excess of 80 MPH in your ticket. It is a Criminal Misdemeanor Reckless Driving Charge!I saw Mark T. Hurt's Law office simple letter, I decided to give a call and get a free consultation.From the call, Rhonda provided a detail explaining the criminal charge of the Misdemeanor Reckless Driving ticket is about. She is a very caring and honest person, no sale pressure to me to take their law office at all.Once I decided to use their firm to represent me in court, it didn't take an hour, I was told totake some actions and wait for cout day to see the result. That is that simple and no worry at all. On the court date, I received text messages from lawyer's office. Guess what? The lawyer did a miraculous and fantastic job for me in the court.The Reckless Driving Misdemeanor ticket has been reduced to an Improper Driving traffic ticket.Thanks to Mark T. Hurt's Law office team! They are not only very professional and transparent but also does the best quality job you can find. I strongly recommend them to be your lawyer if you need one in VA.
C.Y. Kuan
C.Y. Kuan
01:07 23 Aug 20
Having landed a Reckless Driving (99 in a 65) on my way back to FL from WV, I came across this law firm when searching something along "best reckless driving lawyers Virginia."Mr. Hurt's firm dropped my "Criminal Misdemeanor" to an improper driving. Which from my understanding is right next to a normal speeding ticket.All expenses accounted (payment, court cost, fine), I'm out roughly $1,100 ; but I'd much rather pay that once today, than every six months to an insurance company for the next... God knows how many years. I am extremely grateful and overjoyed with my outcome.As far as speaking with the great ladies at these offices, everyone was always kind, quick, and considerate. They answered all my questions, explained all my options and possible outcomes. I had a clean record, and had now experience dealing with courts or lawyers, so their patience and knowledge was especially helpful. If I ever screw up again (I pray to God I don't) I hope it's in Virginia, so I can call upon Mr. Hurt's offices.
Nomadic Wolf
Nomadic Wolf
21:06 21 Aug 20
I would like to thank Hope for helping me get my SSDI. She was a true professional a great help with my success. great asset to the law firm and honest lady could not ask for anyone better. Thank You, David
David Harden
David Harden
21:17 20 Aug 20
I had a miracle outcome
jose feliz
jose feliz
22:14 18 Aug 20
I got stop in wyth county saw good reviews on Law of Mark, i can say i highly recomend them, got stop 79mph on a 60mph, they all i had to pay was a low amounth of $200 fine plus court cost $76 and they got me out with zero point infraction, if you looking for lawyer on traffic tickets here its the place to go with! Very professional and representatives will be there to help any time!
Brisio Gaza
Brisio Gaza
23:12 15 Aug 20
This law firm is the up most professional and highly knowledgeable in it's field of work. Courtney is awesome and a pleasure to work with she is the best at her job. We highly recommend this law firm!
Christy Statzer
Christy Statzer
02:52 11 Aug 20
Courtney Cormier and the law office, was amazing! Courtney was very efficient, timely, and responsive. I had an issue with a previous employee, but due to that, Mr. Hurt wanted to ensure that I was completely satisfied, so he made adjustments on his fee, just to make sure I was happy! You couldn't ask for a better paralegal or law office! I highly recommend this firm!
Jessica Ann Roberts
Jessica Ann Roberts
20:10 30 Jul 20
I called seeking help with a traffic ticket I received. I spoke to the legal assistant, Ashley and she was very helpful.
Nathan
Nathan
13:54 30 Jul 20
my Attorney Courtney Cormier was amazing and very helpful and patient with me and the case and always keep me updated on all the steps and procedures of the process i would definitely recommend her and this office they are amazing
Branden Lewis
Branden Lewis
15:24 21 Jul 20
These guys got my reckless driving charge of a 94 in 70 down to a improper driving. You won’t regret hiring them to help you out!
Haley Walser
Haley Walser
23:22 20 Jul 20
Great experience with Courtney Cormier! Thanks for the professional help!
Alisha Fagan
Alisha Fagan
16:26 20 Jul 20
Thank you for doing the best you guys did an amazing job with my case I appreciate everyone that worked on my case I definitely recommend this law firm!!
Abdullah Shaikh
Abdullah Shaikh
14:56 16 Jul 20
Great people! Very helpful and professional.
Heather Foster
Heather Foster
21:53 15 Jul 20
Wonderful, family oriented law firm. The staff are very attentive and courteous especially Courtney. I highly recommend this legal establishment!
Duane Cormier
Duane Cormier
17:25 15 Jul 20
Amazing group of people to work with Courtney is fantasticI would highly recommend this group
Kara Ginter-Hensley
Kara Ginter-Hensley
21:41 14 Jul 20
Great firm!! Diana will walk you through everything you need to take care of a traffic ticket.
Braden Alexander
Braden Alexander
19:28 14 Jul 20
They are very professional, and respectful with everybody, including one of his employees, Rafael
Flavia Oliver
Flavia Oliver
17:01 14 Jul 20
The personnel who work here are constiment professionals. Rhonda Hurt kept me abreast of all proceedings and changes without the need for me to follow up, allowing me to maintain a piece of mind knowing that the Law Offices of Mark T Hurt were on the job (Rhonda kept me up to date through text and e-mail).During the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak all court dates were changed. I received a personalized letter from Mark assuring me that he and his team was on the job and was going to see my case through to the end while keeping me looped in.Thank you for all your help and persistence to see the great outcome I received.I highly recommend anyone to use the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues!
Jon H
Jon H
11:34 13 Jul 20
They are a hard working team that care about their clients.
Frederick Baker II
Frederick Baker II
05:13 26 Jun 20
Fast, professional, and friendly. One of the best we have had for our family case and would HIGHLY recommend!!
Jonathan Mora
Jonathan Mora
19:13 04 May 20
I had a summons to court for reckless driving doing 82/70, and they took care of it without a problem and got it dismissed for me! They also work with you on your payments! Rhonda is the sweetest person I’ve ever spoke too, she worked with me and helped me tremendously! I highly recommend you choose this amazing and sweet firm to help your cases! ❤️
Aleah Nicole
Aleah Nicole
13:46 11 Apr 20
They are here to help you out and take care of your needs. I would recommend them for sure.
Dusty Kimber
Dusty Kimber
22:43 02 Apr 20
Great job of communicating throughout the entire process. Rhonda and staff were very professional, with great knowledge, and results.They were able to get my speeding ticket completely dismissed.
Kendrick Wiggins
Kendrick Wiggins
20:03 02 Apr 20