Social Security Disability Lawyers in Virginia & Tennessee

If you have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from working, getting approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be invaluable. Whether your condition is full or partial, temporary or permanent, you need financial assistance to replace the income you can no longer earn.

Applying for disability benefits can pose a challenge, as the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies many applications. These denials do not necessarily reflect how qualified the applicant is for disability, however. Often, the problem is with the application itself and the documentation provided in support of the claim.

At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, our experienced disability lawyers understand these challenges. We assist clients through the complex process of applying for disability benefits and fight to get your benefits approved. We can also assist you if your claim has been denied.

Common Conditions That Qualify for Disability Benefits

Disability lawyers in Virginia assist people with all types of mental and physical challenges that prevent them from working.

The SSA follows a published guideline, Disability Evaluation Under Social Security, also known as the Blue Book. The Blue Book lists many conditions, both mental and physical, that the SSA recognizes as potentially debilitating. If you have a condition that is listed in this guideline, it may make the application process more straightforward.

The primary categories listed in the SSA guidelines include:

  • Musculoskeletal system problems,
  • Respiratory disorders,
  • Speech and sensory issues,
  • Skin disorders,
  • Cardiovascular system disorders,
  • Cancer,
  • Immune system disorders, and
  • Hematological (blood) disorders.
  • The Blue Book also recognizes mental disorders, including:
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD),
  • Anxiety disorder,
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder,
  • Schizophrenia,
  • Impulse control disorder,
  • Eating disorders, and
  • Trauma- or stress-related disorders.

If your condition is not listed in the Blue Book, you can still qualify for benefits. However, if the SSA does not already recognize your condition in its guidelines, your application may require additional documentation to obtain approval.

Understanding the Different Types of Disability Benefits

The SSA offers two classifications of disability benefits: SSDI, the most common type of disability benefit, and Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. Both programs provide financial compensation to people who cannot work due to a disability. Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for one or both of these programs.

SSDI disability is for individuals who have, through past employment, paid sufficient FICA (payroll) taxes to qualify for benefits. As you pay FICA, you earn credits toward eligibility.

If you have not earned sufficient credits to qualify for SSDI, you may qualify for SSI. In some cases, an adult child or a widowed or divorced spouse of a qualified disabled worker can receive benefits.

Do I Qualify for Disability Benefits?

To get approved for SSDI or SSI benefits, you must meet the qualifications of the program and you must meet the SSA disability standards. The SSA defines someone with a disability as someone who cannot engage in gainful work activities because of a provable (medically determinable) impairment (mental or physical). Your condition must prevent you from working for at least 12 months, although you do not have to wait that long to apply. You may also qualify for disability if your condition is life-threatening, even if it might not affect your ability to work for the entire 12 months.

The best way to determine whether you may qualify for one or both types of disability benefits is to discuss your situation with a disability attorney in Virginia. An experienced attorney can explain the different types of benefits and help you determine which program is best suited to your needs and qualifications.

How Do I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

The SSA has a formalized process for applying for SSDI and SSI. You must follow their process to the letter. Otherwise, you increase your risk of having your claim denied.

As with any government agency, SSA staff members process hundreds of applications every day. Often, when people handle their own disability benefit applications, they include every possible record or document available. SSA claims reviewers don’t have time to sift through piles of paperwork, test results, doctor’s notes, etc., to look for the information they need to determine whether you qualify for benefits.

However, when the SSA has the right information to make a determination about a disability, your chances of getting an approval increase substantially.

A critical component of your application is a doctor’s report known as the residual functional capacity (RFC) assessment. It is not enough to simply demonstrate that you have a specific disorder or condition. Your application must demonstrate that your condition prevents you from performing specific activities related to your job duties.

One of the primary reasons that the SSA denies claims is the applicant’s failure to demonstrate this key factor.

Having an experienced disability attorney to help with your disability benefits application can improve your chances of getting your claim approved. Attorneys can help you get the necessary documentation from medical experts and use their resources to complete your application correctly and fully. This can save you time, effort, and heartache while improving your chances of getting your benefits approved quickly.

How Long Does It Take to Get Disability Benefits?

The time it takes to get a Social Security Disability Insurance approval can vary based on several factors.

Typically, the initial review of your claim can take from three to six months. However, the volume of claims being handled by the SSA can fluctuate throughout the year. The busier they are, the longer the review process can take.

You must also observe the SSA’s mandatory waiting period of five months from the established onset date (EOD) of your disability. In other words, SSA will not approve your application unless you have been disabled for at least five months. That’s not to say you can’t submit your application before that time—you can. But your benefits won’t kick in until you hit the five-month mark.

Having an experienced attorney to handle your claim can help reduce the chance of there being a problem with your application, helping you get benefits approved as quickly as possible.

What to Do If Your Social Security Disability Claim Is Denied

Receiving a denial of your SSDI or SSI application can be devastating. You’re already suffering from a disability, unable to work or earn a living. Learning that your benefit checks won’t start arriving soon can feel like the end of the world.

The good news is that even if your claim has been denied, you can still get an approval through the appeals process.

The SSA denies disability benefits claims for a variety of reasons. They may deny that you have a condition that qualifies as a disability. Even if they acknowledge your mental or physical disorder, they may deny that your condition prevents you from working. More often, however, the SSA denies claims simply because the application or supporting documentation is incomplete or incorrect.

If you receive a denial of your claim, you have only 60 days to request a reconsideration. Contact an SSDI lawyer as soon as possible if you do get a denial, so you don’t risk missing this critical deadline. Making sure your application is complete and accurate is critical at this stage. If you receive another denial of your reconsideration, the next step is to appeal your claim and go before an administrative law judge. This can extend the approval process for months or even years.

How Our Social Security Disability Lawyers Can Help You

With one of our experienced Virginia disability claim attorneys on your side, you will have a powerful advocate fighting for you. We understand the process and how to move your claim through as quickly as possible. Our extensive network of doctors and medical experts also understands the SSA processes. This ensures your application has all the information necessary to get an approval.

Throughout the process, we will be there for you. We will explain your options and answer your questions. We provide regular updates so you always know what’s going on with your claim. We understand what you’re going through, and we will do everything we can to get the best possible outcome on your behalf.

Talk to our Disability Attorneys Today

Becoming disabled can be overwhelming, frightening, and confusing. Fortunately, you don’t have to face the frustration of the SSDI application process alone.

At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we understand your frustration and fear. For more than a quarter-century, we have been fighting to get our clients the benefits they deserve.

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service, and we are selective with the cases we take so we can serve you best. We will work tirelessly to help protect your rights and get the best possible outcome for you.

For a free consultation with one of our experienced disability lawyers, contact us today.

What Our Clients Say

A very professional team who understands the stress of being in an accident. Our paralegal, Courtney Cormier, made us always feel as if things were being taken care of and it was nice to be worry free.
Kristina Murray
Kristina Murray
18:29 03 Mar 21
Diana Phipps
Diana Phipps
13:46 03 Mar 21
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