Lebanon, Virginia Social Security Disability Lawyer

Lebanon, Virginia Social Security Disability LawyerSixty-one million adults in the United States live with debilitating medical conditions.  For disabled individuals struggling to afford basic treatment or necessities, the federal government offers financial assistance.

As Lebanon social security disability lawyers with offices in both southwestern Virginia and northern Tennessee, we represent disabled individuals seeking social security benefits as well as those who have been denied the benefits to which they are due.  We would invite you to call us for a free invitation to learn about how we can help you.

What Should You Know if You’re Seeking Social Security Benefits?

The Social Security system provides income benefits for those unable to work as a result of a disability or injury.  Each year, billions of dollars are distributed through Social Security Administration (“SSA”) benefit programs including:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”)
  • Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”)
  • Widow/Widowers Disability Benefits

What is Social Security Disability Insurance?

Social security disability insurance, or “SDI”, provides income benefits to millions of disabled Americans of working age who are unable to work; however, there are requirements that must be satisfied in order to receive compensation.

In general, SSDI is available to disabled workers who contributed money to the Social Security disability insurance fund.  The SSA utilizes a credit-based system to determine eligibility.  In 2019, workers receive one credit for every $1,360 in income they earn.[3]  Typically, a person must earn a minimum of forty credits to qualify for SSDI; although, this requirement may be lessened for residents who are disabled at younger ages.

What is Supplemental Security Income?

Each month, over eight million low-income individuals receive compensation in the form of supplemental security income (or “SSI”) benefits.

Who Can Apply Online for Disability Benefits?

Disabled individuals may apply online for disability benefits if they meet the following conditions:

  • Are eighteen years old or older;
  • Are not receiving benefits on their own Social Security record;
  • Are unable to work for a minimum of twelve months due to a disabling medical condition; and
  • Have not been denied disability benefits within the last sixty days.[6]

The SSA allows SSI applicants to file online, but only if they:

  • Are between the ages of eighteen and sixty-five;
  • Aren’t blind;
  • Have never been married;
  • Are a U.S. citizen;
  • Haven’t applied for or received SSI benefits previously; and
  • Are applying for SSDI at the same time as their SSI claim.[7]

Despite many individuals medically qualifying, over seventy percent of all Social Security disability applicants are initially denied benefits,[8] which is usually the result of not submitting sufficient information required under the applicable social security regulations.  Fortunately, the SSA allows applicants to ask for a reconsideration and, if necessary, appeal an unfavorable determination at an administrative hearing.

For over three decades, Mark Hurt has been helping injured clients in seeking compensation, often following a debilitating injury caused by someone else.  Many times, those who are injured – at work, from an injury caused by someone else, or from another event – have their lives transformed from being able to provide for themselves and their families to not being able to work at all.  This same transformation can also occur as the result of a sudden medical event or condition.  As an experienced Lebanon, Virginia Social Security disability lawyer, Mark has helped numerous clients successfully secure benefits through both the initial claims process or after being denied benefits (from reconsideration or appeal).

If you are seeking social security benefits, it’s important to file as soon as possible so that you can begin receiving benefits as soon as allowed under the law.  If your claim was denied and you want to appeal, we suggest calling us as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation, as applicants typically only have sixty days[9] to request a reconsideration or appeal after receiving a denial.

Can Widows or Widowers Collect a Deceased Spouses SSDI Benefits?

If you have lost your spouse or a loved one, we offer our sincerest condolences.  If your spouse was currently insured and receiving SSDI benefits when they passed, you may be eligible to receive widow’s or widower’s benefits.

There are approximately five million widows and widowers receiving monthly Social Security benefits based on their spouse’s earning record.  Eligible individuals can receive the following:

  • Reduced benefits beginning at age sixty or full benefits if they have reached retirement age;
  • Benefits as early as fifty if they are disabled and the condition began before or within seven years of the date of their spouse’s death;
  • Benefits at any age, if they do not remarry, or if they take care of a child who is under sixteen years old and receives SSDI benefits.

The SSA also provides benefits to surviving divorced spouses, if the marriage lasted ten or more years.

Can I Qualify for both SSI and SSDI?

In some circumstances, the SSA awards both SSDI and SSI benefits concurrently; however, the cumulative benefit payments cannot exceed your highest SSI disbursement.

Understanding disability eligibility requirements can be a daunting and confusing process. As an experienced social security lawyer, Mark Hurt can explain the full range of benefits to which you may be eligible.

What Disabilities Does the SSA Recognize?

Over two hundred thousand disabled Virginians are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Unlike many other government programs, the SSA only compensates those who are totally disabled.

Is It Possible to Work and Collect SSDI?

Typically, SSDI recipients cannot engage in substantial gainful activity and continue to receive benefits; however, it may be possible to engage in limited work, if your income falls below the monthly earnings average specified by the SSA.  In 2019, the SSA classifies work as substantial gainful activity if a person earns more than $1,220 per month.

Why Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

With years of experience and an extensive experience in submitting claims and appealing SSDI denials, attorney Mark Hurt provides clients with a tenacious representation in both the original claims process, as well as in the reconsideration and appeals process if a claim is denied.

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we represent clients on a contingency fee basis, and only collect a fee if we secure benefits for you.  If successful, we collect twenty-five percent of the backpay amount, usually up to a maximum of $6,000.  There is no fee for future compensation that is awarded, and which is not yet due.

If believe that you may qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits or if your claim has been denied, we would look forward to speaking with you.   Please feel free to call us today to schedule a free consultation at a convenient time.

 


[1] Disability Impacts All of US, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/infographic-disability-impacts-all.html.

[2] Disability Impacts All of US, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/infographic-disability-impacts-all.html.

[3] Benefits Planner: Disability | How You Qualify, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/planners/disability/qualify.html.

[4] Supplemental Security Income, September 2019, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/quickfacts/stat_snapshot/#table3.

[5] Understanding Supplemental Security Income SSI Eligibility Requirements – 2019 Edition, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-eligibility-ussi.htm.

[6] Who can apply for adult disability benefits online?, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/disability/.

[7] Who can apply for adult disability benefits online?, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/disability/.

[8] Outcomes of Applications for Disability Benefits, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2018/sect04.pdf.

[9] The sixty day window begins on the date a denial is issued.

Benefits Planner: Survivors | Planning For Your Survivors, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/planners/survivors/onyourown.html.

2019 Red Book, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/redbook/eng/supportsexample.htm.

Annual Statistical Report on The Social Security Disability Insurance Program, Social Security Administration (2018), https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_asr/2018/ssi_asr18.pdf. (4.3% of the almost 5 million Virginia residents collect SSDI).

Benefits Planner: Disability |How You Qualify, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/planners/disability/qualify.html.

The SSA typically caps attorney’s fees at $6,000; however there are some exceptions.  Generally, the SSA will issue a payment for the fee directly to our firm; however, clients are responsible for ancillary expenses, such as the cost to obtain medical records.  We will provide the full details of costs and fees in our retention agreement.

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