Tobie Kuykendall has been helping clients obtain Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly ten years. Under these Social Security programs, individuals receive monthly checks and medical benefits. If you are not working because of an illness, an injury or emotional problems, you may be eligible to receive SSDI or SSI benefits. Tobie can aid in your appeal if you have been denied benefits.

Does It Help To Have A Social Security Lawyer?

Having a Social Security lawyer can significantly improve your chances of obtaining benefits. The attorney’s fee is limited to 25% of the back pay award, or $6000, whichever is less.  If we do not win your case, you do not owe us anything.

There are important distinctions between the SSDI and SSI programs:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides benefits to disabled people (including certain disabled dependents) who have paid into the Social Security trust fund through Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based fund providing financial aid to disabled people who meet low-income guidelines. SSI program benefits are available to the disabled regardless of their employment history.

Who Qualifies for SSDI or SSI?

According to the Social Security Act, to qualify for disability payments (either SSDI or SSI) you must prove that you cannot do any work due to a medical/mental condition that is expected to last for a minimum of twelve months or is terminal.  Many first-time applicants are often denied usually due to insufficient medical proof of a disabling physical or mental impairment.

When Should I Get A Lawyer Involved In My SSDI or SSI Claim?

Our Law Office accepts clients before their applications are filed. We can help you complete applications and other forms and collect medical records or other necessary documentation on your behalf. We can help appeal your claim if you are denied benefits and will ensure that all requirements and deadlines are met. If you must appear before a Social Security Administrative Law Judge in a hearing to determine your eligibility for disability, our Law Office will prepare you for the hearing and present your case before the judge.

If you need help in filing or appealing a social security claim, it is important to have expert legal help. Please contact The Law Office of Tobie Kuykendall, PLLC (737) 209-7443 or contact us via our online form.

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