Social Security Disability

Report Highlights Most Dangerous States, Jobs in the U.S. for Workers

by mdp | July 31st, 2013

Work injuryA new report issued by Allsup, a provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation, outlines the most dangerous jobs in America as well as the most dangerous states to work in, in an effort to draw attention to the life-altering effects of debilitating work injuries. The study is based on 2011 data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, and highlights the most dangerous industries by location, based on the rate of injuries that are severe enough to require “days of job transfer or restriction” – in other words, a actual change of job or major limitation of work duties. If you have suffered a debilitating injury or illness in Tennessee that prevents you from performing your normal work duties, consult our skilled attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file an SSDI claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA), in order to pursue the disability benefits you deserve.


Understanding the Importance of Disability Benefits for Injured Workers in TN

by mdp | April 24th, 2013

Social Security Disability insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are critical to the financial security of workers in Tennessee and throughout the United States. In fact, disability benefits replace up to 66% of a worker’s income if he or she becomes ill or injured and can no longer work and earn an income. Unfortunately, according to a new report by the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, too few employees in the U.S. are covered by this important benefit at work. If you have suffered a serious injury or illness that keeps you from returning to work in Tennessee, contact our reputable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your possible SSI or SSDI compensation options. You may be entitled to disability benefits in Tennessee through the Social Security Administration’s SSDI or SSI program, which can provide critical financial assistance for disabled workers and their families.


Determining Eligibility for Social Security Disability Survivor’s Benefits

by mdp | April 8th, 2013

SSD_ThumbThe death of a spouse can be devastating for a number of reasons, one of the most pressing being the potential loss of income. If your deceased spouse was receiving Social Security disability benefits, you probably have questions about whether or not you can continue to collect any of these benefits. If you have lost a spouse in Tennessee who was collecting disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), and you think you might be eligible for survivor’s benefits, contact our experienced attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today. With the help of our Nashville-based legal team, you can determine if you are eligible for survivor’s benefits and collect the disability compensation you are entitled to.


Hire an Experienced Lawyer to Handle Your SSDI Claim in Tennessee

by mdp | February 18th, 2013

disability_benefitsAccording to a USA Today article published in December 2012, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is struggling to keep up with the millions of Americans applying for Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits across the country. The SSDI program, which is funded by workers’ payroll deductions, is designed to help individuals in Tennessee and throughout the U.S. who become injured or ill and can no longer work and earn an income. However, as the nation ages and effects of the recession continue to plague Americans, millions are filing disability claims, and Social Security can’t work through them fast enough. If you are suffering from a debilitating injury or medical condition, and you are unable to work in Tennessee, consult our experienced attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss the possibility of filing an SSDI claim for disability benefits.


Pursuing Death Benefits Through an SSDI Claim in Nashville

by mdp | November 26th, 2012

As a member of the American workforce, workers in Tennessee and throughout the United States pay into the Social Security benefits system throughout their careers. Then, if at some point you suffer a debilitating injury that prevents you from working, or if you decide to retire, you can begin to draw on these benefits as a form of financial assistance. Fortunately though, if you lose a family member, these benefits don’t just disappear. They then take the form of death benefits, also called survivor benefits. Under Tennessee Social Security Disability laws, death benefits are available to the surviving family members or dependents of a worker who held a job for at least ten years prior to his or her death. If you believe you may be entitled to SSDI death benefits in Tennessee, contact our qualified SSDI attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today.



Applying for SSD Benefits in Tennessee

by mdp | April 4th, 2012

disability_benefitsThousands of Americans are forced to leave the workforce each year because of a disability, and many have found that applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits on their own can be a confusing and difficult task. For this reason, hiring a qualified Tennessee SSDI attorney to help you apply for SSD benefits is critical. You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled, and if you can prove to the government that you are disabled and unable to work a full-time job, you may qualify for benefit payments to offset any income you may have lost. Claims for disability benefits can take three to five months to process after you apply, but once it is approved, you will be paid back to the date you first applied, even if your SSD claim is initially rejected. So, if you are physically or mentally unable to work because of a temporary or permanent injury or illness, you may be entitled to benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA), which you can pursue by hiring an SSDI attorney to represent your case. With the help of our qualified SSDI attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates, you can improve your chances of receiving the Social Security Disability benefits you need.


5 Tips for Filing for SSD

by mdp | July 8th, 2011

Five Helpful Tips in Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

If you are disabled and unable to work, pursuing a claim for Social Security disability (SSD) can be extremely beneficial. Unfortunately, filing a disability claim in Tennessee is a complicated process and can take a long period of time, which is why an SSD claim should be filed as soon as possible. Luckily, there are Nashville SSD attorneys available to help disabled individuals through the process of filing an SSD claim, in order to ensure it is done efficiently and correctly. According to U.S. estimates, 70-75% of initial Social Security disability claims are denied, which can be frustrating and devastating for the claimant. However, it is important to realize that 60-70% of these initially rejected claims are accepted after the denial is appealed. The following are steps that should be taken when applying for Social Security Disability benefits in order to increase your chances of success in Tennessee.


Attorney Representation in Tennessee SSD Claims

by mdp | October 27th, 2010

You Need a Lawyer to File for SSD Benefits in Tennessee:

Social Security Disability, or SSD, is a form of benefits that is available from the federal government that’s administered by the Social Security Administration, or SSA. These benefits are available for people who have demonstrated disability and therefore an inability to hold down gainful employment for any appreciable period of time. The disability that prevents the possibility of gainful employment can be physical or mental, and the process of obtaining these benefits begins with the completion of an application. Many people who find themselves or a loved one in this position wonder if obtaining the assistance of a Nashville SSD lawyer would be of help in obtaining these benefits, and below is an answer to this question.


First SSD Application is Usually Denied

by mdp | October 10th, 2010

Nashville_capital_thumbMost Applications in Tennessee for SSDI Benefits are Denied:

There are people in Tennessee who need help with their bills because they are simply unable to work or to hold gainful employment for any period of time because of physical and/or mental disabilities. Those who are in this position generally have few options available other than becoming a burden on others, which no one wants to face. Therefore, many attempt to provide for themselves with a form of federal government disability insurance known as SSDI. Unfortunately, too many people tend to work towards obtaining these insurance benefits without the help of experienced Tennessee SSDI lawyers, and below you’ll see why this type of legal help can be an enormous aid towards obtaining the benefits you need.